The Global Gaming League and GameStop will host celebrity tournaments for professional extreme sport athletes.
Game retailer GameStop and tournament organizers Global Gaming League have formed the Big Air Gaming League (BAGL) to add in its stable of events in the Sports and Celebrity League Series. The BAGL season starts with the 2008 Honda Session snowboarding competition in Vail, Colorado from February 8-10, and will extend to events involving celebrities, snowboarderds, skaters and X-Game contestants. The contest will consist of three live public tournaments throughout the year in such popular titles as Guitar Hero III.
The winner of the BAGL Honda Competition will be presented with the Commissioners’ necklace along with being named the 2008 BAGL commissioner. Winners of the online competition will receive cash prizes, customized snowboards and a total of three trips for two to the 2009 Honda Session. Snowboarder TJ Schneider was the first athlete to agree to compete and will be serving as the inaugural BAGL Commissioner.
GGL Founder and Chairman Ted Owen said, “By creating the virtual season, GGL continues to bring traditional organized sports online and into the 21st century. The Big Air Gaming League is all about connecting the world’s largest community of gamers – of all levels and expertise – with the action sports stars and celebrities they love. We’re excited to take action sports online by creating a virtual competition for both the professional athletes and their fans to participate in.”
“As the number one retailer for videogamers nationwide, bringing GGL’s experience with online videogame competition and creating social networking for game players makes them a natural partner for us,” said GameStop director Joseph Heilner. “Teaming with GGL to create the Big Air Gaming League tournament further validates our commitment to bringing ‘Power to the Players’ while providing gamers with the opportunity to the best at what they love.”