Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Heralds the Era of Super Saiyan Esports

Bandai Namco has announced an official competitive fighting game circuit for Dragon Ball FighterZ to help continue the growth of this breakout fighter.

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Earlier today, I made an observation in the weekly This Weekend in Esports column that a game has truly made it as an esport when it's reached the Beyond the Summit house. (Also, are you watching the Summit of Power? It's on right now!)

But Bandai Namco looks to be fully committed to Dragon Ball FighterZ esports for the long haul. On Friday morning, the publisher announced the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour, a new fighting game tournament centered around this anime fighter. The first stop will be at this month's CEO Fighting Game Championships from Daytona Beach, Florida. The tournament will run from June 29 through July 1, with registration open now.

There aren't many details with this opening announcement, as details about a point system, tournament destinations, prize money, and a championship have yet to be revealed. For now, the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour is an idea in its infancy, with Bandai Namco set to answer any lingering questions later down the road.

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For those who haven't seen Dragon Ball FighterZ in action, it's quickly proven to be one of the most exciting fighting games in all of esports. The game most recently main evented Chicago's Combo Breaker, racking up more entrants than both Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7. The event ended with SonicFox finally overcoming rival GO1 and setting the stage for an even more intense rivalry going forward.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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