The online battle for a real sword!
A tournament of superlatives is beginning today in Germany’s most successful strategy game, “Goodgame Empire”. In addition to prizes worth almost 10 million euros, for the first time since the game launched seven years ago, players can also battle for a real, one-of-a-kind trophy: a sword made of Damascus steel, handcrafted especially for “Goodgame Empire”.
Its virtual counterpart is the focal point of a several-week-long battle, which will determine the best Empire player in the world over the course of several rounds. Depending on where the victor is located, they will receive the sword in person or by special delivery to a destination of their choice. In order to satisfy the global fan community of “Goodgame Empire”, an additional prize of an equally skillfully-crafted shield and thousands more prizes will also be given away.
Many hours of hard work have gone into crafting the sword in the workshops of YouTube channel “Awe.Me” in the USA. Their series, “Man At Arms: Reforged”, shows viewers how to make famous weapons, from movies such as “Lord of the Rings” and shows like “Game of Thrones”, and now “Fury’s Blade” from “Goodgame Empire”, too. As one of the largest and most influential YouTube channels around the world with 6.4 million subscribers, word is bound to spread.
Watch the making here:
Trailer (30 sec): https://youtu.be/DWMrr33PUTc
Full episode (18 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y-NCYgTz5I
In Germany, YouTube stars “Flying Uwe” (1.2 million subscribers) and “Montana Black” (1.3 million subscribers) will also report on the unique event and themselves take a stab at winning the sword. Goodgame Studios itself will support the event with a comprehensive marketing campaign.
“This is the largest and most exciting event that we’ve ever had in Empire,” says Nina Müller, who is responsible for the game’s continued development at Goodgame Studios. “After months of preparation, we can finally let the cat out of the bag.” Jörgen Larsson, CEO of the Stillfront Group, to which Goodgame Studios has belonged since the beginning of the year, is enthusiastic: “Large community events make the difference in online games these days. I am convinced that this will give Empire and the whole group a further boost.”