World of Tanks sponsors Breakthrough Band Award, presented by Sabaton, at the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, London, June 12
June 12, 2017 — Metal gods collide on June 12 th as indigo at The O2 plays host to the 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards, in association with Orange Amplification. The event attracts greats from the rock and metal industry and fans from across the world. So, it’s natural that Wargaming and World of Tanks are involved, which marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the game and the heavy-metal band Sabaton.
For Wargaming and its millions of players, the combination of history and epic music is a huge part of their gaming scene. Not only is Sabaton a big influence for fans of the game, but the band themselves love playing World of Tanks when they have some free time between shows. It just goes to show that this kind of united inspiration brings a massively diverse bunch of people together to share their passion…and blow stuff up.
This year won’t be Sabaton’s first tour of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards. In 2011, the band won the Breakthrough Band Award. They were nominated for another award in 2012, which was sponsored by Wargaming. Having also performed in 2012, it only seems right that on the 15th anniversary of the event Sabaton returns!
“It’s fantastic to see that Sabaton’s members are an active part of World of Tanks,” said Maxim Chuvalov, World of Tanks Marketing Manager. “We know our players’ interests don’t just stop at gaming—their talents go far beyond. With this collaboration, we wanted to celebrate the musical talent from our World of Tanks community because it’s an extremely important part of the in-game experience. This was our chance to share the music in and around our games with the global gaming communities and help inspire them even more.”
“History is a great source of inspiration to us,” said Joakim Brodén, lead singer of Sabaton. “We like to tell stories that influenced the lives of a lot of people. We’ve all been playing World of Tanks, and seeing the company step outside of just gaming in lots of cool ways is an awesome thing to be a part of.”
Fans of Wargaming and Sabaton can expect some cool surprises on the way, so you’d better stay tuned for more information. And, of course, rock on.
About World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a team-based multiplayer online action game dedicated to armoured warfare of the mid-20th century. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes over 500 armored vehicles from the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, France, Great Britain, Japan, China, Sweden and Czechoslovakia carefully detailed with historical accuracy.
Wargaming is an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market. Founded as a privately held company in 1998, Wargaming has shipped over 15 titles. Currently, Wargaming is focused on its team-based MMO war series dedicated to the mid-20th century warfare that includes the armoured World of Tanks, the flight combat World of Warplanes, and the naval World of Warships. The three intertwined titles form a common gaming universe integrated within the portal www.wargaming.net .
As part of its multiplatform line-up, the company has introduced World of Tanks on Xbox and World of Tanks Blitz on mobile platforms, Windows 10 PCs and Mac OS X. Launched in 2014 and 2015, World of Tanks on Xbox introduced epic tank-on-tank battles to console gamers and offers the first cross-platform gaming experience between Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In 2016, Wargaming released World of Tanks for PlayStation®4, continuing its console campaign.
Sabaton are one of metal’s biggest heavyweight acts with a whole catalogue of Gold and Platinum selling albums. Hailing from Falun, Sweden the band have dominated charts and fans hearts on a global scale. The band’s main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles, and their name refers to a Sabaton, the armour on a knight’s foot.
The war and battle themes ring throughout all of Sabaton’s eight studio albums. The lyrics for these songs have been drawn from World War I, World War II and other historical conflicts and often objectively recite stories of heroic deeds by both armies and individuals. The band’s latest album, The Last Stand, was inspired by infamous and less well known conflicts throughout war history. They include underdogs such as the outnumbered 300 Spartans during The Battle of Thermopylae or the few hundred American men trapped in the Argonne in 1918.’The Last Stand’ was highly-acclaimed by both critics and fans when released in August 2016 and many of its songs have gone down a storm on the band’s latest explosive tour, which has already taken them around the world. The band have a fierce reputation as one of the world’s best live metal bands and also host their own annual festival ‘Sabaton Open Air’ in their hometown of Falun as well as hosting their own Sabaton Cruise.