Now that I no longer write my weekly column on PES Gaming, I actually find myself with a certain amount of free time on my hands. Granted, this is mainly filled with writing for Soccer Gaming or running my new site, iSoccer Apps, however I do feel a lack of connection with the PES Gaming community, and furthermore, actually miss running the annual IWP League that last occured in 2009.
Therefore, I have decided to run the first, potentially annual, IWP World Cup in association with www.isoccerapps.com. (never miss an opportunity for PR here). Basically, the concept will be 16 players who play PES 2011 online and are based in Europe will be each allocated a International team, and split into four groups. Everyone will play each other in each group, resulting in a 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th placed team. The knockout stage will then feature all 16 teams, with seeding taking place based upon the final position the gamer finished in the group stages. This guarentees participants at least 4 matches, and will hoepfully allow the competition to be run over the course of one calender month (on paper, looking to be July).
Due to the quite chronic state of affairs Sony and the PSN currently find themselves in, I am breaking from tradition and running the IWP World Cup 2011 as a X Box 360 competition, with matches exclusively taking place over X Box Live. Of course, if I cannot find suitable numbers, then I may have to re-evaluate the format, and depending on interest, the competition may also be advertised on www.soccergaming.com
If you would like to apply, participation is 100% free. Simply e-mail me with your full name, the nearest city and country where you live, your age, your e-mail address and your X Box Live Gamer Tag. Further instructions will be posted on both PES Gaming and Soccer Gaming in the coming weeks, and successful applicants will be contacted by e-mail with more information. Please send all e-mails to email@example.com, and include the words IWP World Cup in the subject bar (failure to do so will result in your application not reaching me!) I will try to answer any questions in the comments section gamers may have.