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The world’s best tennis gaming tournament is back with Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas

The world’s best tennis gaming tournament is back with Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas

Roland Garros, BNP Paribas and BIGBEN are pleased to announce the second edition of the Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas. In this esports competition, Tennis World Tour video game is played to crown this year’s tennis gaming champion.
The qualifying rounds will take place in February in ten different countries. The resulting national champions are allowed to participate in the international final, which is played during the Roland Garros tournament.

“Building on the enthusiastic reception of the first Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas, this year we want to take it a step further with the second edition of this international e-tennis tournament, to offer fans and gamers the best possible experience. I am confident that this new global competition and new features will be warmly welcomed by participants from the competition’s ten host countries. We are proud to share this ambition with our partners BNP Paribas and BIGBEN and are really excited to start the new season!” said Stéphane Morel, Deputy CEO of the Marketing and Business Development division of the French Tennis Federation.

Global Qualifiers for a Spectacular International Final
This year the tournament is even bigger than the first time! Germany and the United States join the eight countries in the 2018 lineup: France, India, Brazil, Great Britain, Belgium, Italy and Spain. For this second edition, the Roland Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas has entered into new partnerships with the tennis world by hosting certain national finals during real tennis tournaments, such as the Internazionali BNL di Roma and the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes de Lyon. BNP Paribas will also host national finals at its premises in Shanghai, Bombay, Frankfurt and London.

The national qualifying rounds will be played in the online mode of Tennis World Tour on PlayStation 4, to make the competition accessible to as many players as possible. The top eight players in each country’s qualifying round will meet in person to play the final of that country’s qualifying round. The winners of these national finals will be invited to represent their country in the grand final, which will determine the champion of the 2019 Roland-Garros eSeries by BNP Paribas.
In addition, two special tournaments are organized. One is reserved for registered members of the French Tennis Federation, the other is an online tournament for members of the We Are Tennis by BNP Paribas platform. This tournament is held during the first week of Roland Garros and determines who will occupy the last place in the final.

For the second year in a row, the international grand final will be held during the Parisian Grand Slam, on a spectacular stage designed to immerse the participants in the atmosphere of the biggest professional tournaments. The participants will share an exceptional prize pool of €10,000, half of which will go to the winner!

In this second edition of the tournament, contestants compete against each other in a pre-release version of the latest Tennis World Tour – Roland-Garros Edition video game, coming May 16 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. It’s a unique opportunity to discover the game’s new features, especially the renovated Philippe Chatrier court, the main court of Roland Garros.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with the FFT and support the RG eSeries by BNP Paribas for the second year running. The studio has been working for months to improve the gaming experience and the possibility for participants in this tournament to play against each other on the famous Philippe-Chatrier court that will appear in the Roland-Garros Edition of Tennis World Tour, the version which will be published in May. The community is eagerly awaiting the online competition that is an integral part of the game, so we are thrilled to be a part of this fantastic tournament,” said Thomas Carpentier, product manager at BIGBEN.
BNP Paribas, the bank for “all forms of tennis”

Also this year, BNP Paribas reaffirms their commitment to supporting “all forms of tennis” by continuing to develop innovations and new ways of working related to video games.

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