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WIZKIDS ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL WIZKIDS OPEN TOURNAMENT EVENT

One of the year’s biggest events is coming! Prepare to unleash your impressive skills on the tabletop and win fantastic prizes!

HILLSIDE, NJ – July 24, 2014 - WizKids Games, the leader in collectible gaming, is pleased to announce the first annual Wizkids Open tournament event, to be held at participating retail locations across the U.S. this fall.  

Featuring some of the hottest games of the year, including Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men, HeroClix, and Star Trek Attack Wing, players will compete in head-to-head battles to earn glory, exclusive prizes and their rightful place in the 2015 National Championships.

“HeroClix has grown tremendously each year for the past 5 years.  We literally can’t get more space at the bigger conventions,” said Justin Ziran, President, WizKids Games. “Dice Masters acceptance is off the charts and Attack Wing has been a steady grower with a dedicated player base.  With each of these products we hear from fans everywhere that they wish they could get something like what we do for GenCon more often and closer to their homes.“

The WizKids Open is WizKids’ first ever officially sponsored regional gaming event. This year’s event will be hosted at seven stores, spanning from coast to coast.  Most will support regional championships for HeroClix, Dice Masters and Attack Wing as well as smaller events and the ability to buy product that was typically only available for purchase from conventions.

What is the WizKids Open (WKO)?

A great way to come together with fellow fans to play the games you love and a chance to win cool stuff not generally available.

This year’s WizKids Open event includes seven of the biggest stores from across the country.  Each location will be offering for-sale exclusive items and awarding special participation prizes to players as well as providing the opportunity to compete with the best players in their area.

When is the WizKids Open?

Each store is holding their WizKids Open on different dates and times. For more information, visit the WizKids Event System and select your nearest participating store.

Where can I find information about participating locations?

For the official list of participating stores, visit the WizKids Event system.

How do I register for an event?

Registration for WizKids Open events will take place at participating store locations. Space is limited so head over to the WizKids Event System to find out which stores are participating.

What sort of events should players expect at the WizKids Open?

During the WizKids Open, you’ll be able to play Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men, Star Trek: Attack Wing, and HeroClix!

Will there be any exclusive items for sale during the WizKids Open?

Yes! Each store will have exclusive items for sale during the event. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get your hands on some of the coolest games and collectibles around.

What can players expect?

Great gaming, great prizes and a good time!

Are there exclusive prizes?

Yes! For the official list of prizes, visit the WizKids Event system.

Are winning tournaments the only way to attain prizes?

Although WizKids reserves the most elite of prizing for the tournament winners, that doesn’t mean they don’t have something for everyone.

Is this going to be a yearly thing?

It will depend on the turn out and overall success of the 2014 Open, but that is the goal.

I run a store and would like to be a part of the WizKids Open. How do I get in on the action?

There are many worthy stores across the country that may qualify for future events of this type.  Criteria for determining future participation will include: 

·         WizKids event system registration participation

·         Number of events held and level of player participation

·         Product ordering for the lines that will be held at the WizKids Open

·         Location of store, gaming space, general layout of store

·         History of running events of this type

Will any WizKids Open events be held in international markets?

If everything goes well, WizKids does expect to roll this program out internationally  once a working blueprint for the event series has been established. The first event will be vital to working out any issues, which will pave the way for international rollout. The selection criteria for any future international event will follow the same performance based criteria as noted above.

Please visit  www.wizkidseventsystem.com/wko for more information.

About WizKids  

WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the leading collectible miniatures game on the market, with over 500 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning fantasy board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors and the launched in the first part of 2014 Dice Masters, as well as its widely hailed execution of Star Trek: Attack Wing. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

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