Tournament.com today announced it had signed up 5,000 gamers to compete in online multiplayer tournaments, each of whom will be paid $1 per match completed during the site’s beta phase, money that will be redeemable for use when the site officially goes live.
Marcus Pearcey, co-founder of Tournament.com said, “We are building a unique online platform for gamers to compete in their favorite multiplayer games, while bringing competitive gaming to the mainstream… Tournament.com users can prove their skills and make some cash in secure, fair, competitive matches that reward winners with more than just bragging rights."
"Professional athletes can enter competitions to earn financial rewards," added his partner Richard Skelhorn. "We believe that gamers deserve the same opportunities to showcase their talents."
Tournament.com makes its money from charging a small amount for hosting each game. It will ensure a safe playing environment promoting responsible gaming for adults, with users unable to deposit more than $150 into their account. The site will make use of a ranking system based on skill levels, and is currently hosting Counter Strike: Source and Half Life 2 matches, although this games roster will increase, as will cash prizes, when competitions launch fully in the spring.
Registration is ongoing at tournament.com.