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  • December 2019 Game Updates

    18 Dec 2019

    See what’s new today on WGT, including new MAX Ultra Slow Meter balls and some upcoming events you’re not going to want to miss!

    MAX Ultra Slow Meter Balls

    Slow it WAY down with the brand new MAX Ultra Slow Meter balls, unlocking at Level 0 so they’re available for all players now. 

    These MAX virtual golf balls are an excellent choice for new players looking to improve, and more advanced  players trying to perfect their game with an even slower swing meter.

    Shop MAX Now

    Special Edition Holiday Apparel

    In case you missed it, it's ugly sweater season on WGT!

    Celebrate the holidays in style with our 2019 ugly sweater, now available in the Pro Shop on WGT Golf Mobile (and new WGT Desktop).

    These festive sweaters are only available for a limited time so layer up before they're gone...

    Play WGT Golf Mobile

     

    Showdown Event Coming Soon

    Our final Showdown of the year is about to get "ugly!"

    If you thought you’ve seen the last of the Showdown events this year, think again, because we’ve got one more  up our sleeve!

    This holiday-themed Showdown is coming your way soon, so stay tuned for more details...

     

    New Year, New Tournaments 

    We’re saying goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 with a calendar full of new tournaments, events and series.

    We’ve officially launched the first European eTour series, starting with the European eTour Qualifier: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (that ended yesterday). You won’t want to miss the live event, where the top 8 WGT players from this qualifier will compete in-person in Abu Dhabi this January.

    If you loved this first event then get ready for more, because the European eTour is continuing throughout 2020, featuring six live events, including the Global Finals in Dubai next November. 

    Did we mention that the European eTour series has a $100,000 total cash prize? (Yes, you read that right!) So keep an eye out for upcoming qualifiers and tournament details as they’re announced. 

    Also launching in January is the WGT Live Series (which you might remember from last month), that will run all year long. This series will feature monthly live streamed events so you can follow the action in real time!

  • Introducing the 2020 European eTour Series!

    13 Dec 2019

    Play in the new European eTour, an exciting new esports series that launched today.

    We’ve partnered with European Tour and DreamHack to launch this yearlong series of esports events, that includes 6 live events at European Tour stops and $100,000 in total cash prizes up for grabs.

    Kicking off the 2020 series is the European eTour Qualifier: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship tournament on WGT, running now through Tues, 12/17. The top 128 leaderboard finishers will move on to a 4-day bracket round to determine the final 8 that will travel to compete live at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA this January.

    The live event (IN ABU DHABI!) will feature a total purse prize of $10,000, split among the players and the winner will automatically earn a spot in the Global Finals, to be hosted in Dubai next November.

    To maximize competition, all players will use the same set of virtual golf clubs in both the qualifier and the live event.

    The European eTour Qualifier: Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is the first of 5 events leading up to the Global Finals in Dubai that will feature a $50,000 total prize purse. You don’t want to miss your chance to be part of this historic tour!

    Play Now

    *This qualifier is open for all WGT players to play but eligibility for prizes may apply. By entering the tournament, players agree to the official terms, conditions and privacy policy of this event, see rules for eligibility and full details.

    Official Press Release

    DreamHack and European Tour To Launch Golf’s First Esports Tour

    Six Esports Events to be Featured in 2020 Alongside European Tour Tournaments

    Participants Will Go Head-to-Head at European Tour Tournaments Playing World Golf Tour Game by Topgolf

    Winners To Compete in Season Finale in Dubai

    STOCKHOLM — DreamHack, in partnership with the European Tour and global entertainment company and game developers Topgolf Entertainment Group, has launched golf’s first esports series — the European eTour.

    Starting at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA in January, the inaugural season-long eTour will feature six esports contests held at European Tour tournaments around the world. 

    Players will go head-to-head in the leading online and mobile golf game, World Golf Tour (WGT) by Topgolf, which is currently played by more than 20 million people worldwide. A long-time leader in online golf competitions, WGT by Topgolf offers the most photorealistic golf gaming experience giving players the opportunity to virtually play some of the most famous golf championship courses. Topgolf is currently developing additional European Tour virtual venues to add to its portfolio of WGT golf courses. 

    The world’s best golf esports players will attempt to qualify for the live onsite events via an online tournament. Eight players will then compete onsite at European Tour events in an exciting nine-hole knockout match play format, initially in two round robin groups, before straight knockout semi-finals and final.

    The five tournament winners, along with three wildcards qualifiers, will then contest the season-finale at the European Tour’s own season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, which takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Nov. 19-22, 2020.

    DreamHack will bring its extensive esports events and streaming production capabilities to create a premium experience. Fans will enjoy extensive, live coverage, as well as bespoke ancillary content of all six European eTour events across a multitude of platforms including broadcast, digital and social media.

    The European Tour held its first esports event earlier this year with WGT and DreamHack. The inaugural European eTour Championship took place at the 2019 Made in Denmark, and the success of that tournament led to the development of this, a series of one-day events across the 2020 calendar. The exclusivity of the European Tour’s esports experience amplifies the benefit of players participating in this event, as well as the ability to virtually be part of real world tournaments.

    Rufus Hack, the European Tour’s Chief Content Officer, said: “The launch of the European eTour underlines the European Tour’s commitment to innovation and we believe this is an exciting opportunity for us to be leaders in a market that has huge growth potential. The esports industry allows the European Tour to engage with our existing audience in a different way and attract new fans outside of our traditional demographic through our broadcast and digital platforms. Our inaugural event in Denmark earlier this year gave a glimpse into the popularity of esports and we are looking forward to launching the golf’s first esports Tour in 2020.”

    “We see a great future for sports games in esports. The combination of a good game and a strong player in traditional sports is a winning recipe. World Golf Tour is a superior golf game and natural platform for Golf esports, European Tour one of the strongest brands in the world of sports and with our ability to create content, media products and build strong communities I am sure, that the European eTour will be a smashing success. I am thrilled with the partnership,” said Peter Nørrelund, CEO DreamHack Sports Games.

    “At Topgolf, we are constantly innovating around how we can connect people in  meaningful ways and the competition of esports brings a large, diverse group of people together to share a common experience,” said Topgolf Media President YuChiang Cheng.

    He added: “WGT was always built to be a realistic simulation of golf; rewarding skill and mirroring the
    level of strategy, course management and mental toughness required to win in professional golf. The WGT players have been urging us to take this next step and we look forward to partnering with such innovative partners to further enhance the modern competition of golf and launch an unmatched Esports tournament experience on WGT.”

    The esports industry is one of the fastest growing media sectors with an audience of more than 380 million enthusiasts worldwide, and forecasted to surpass 1.6 billion by 2022. A large majority of esports fans are in the 18-34 age demographic.


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    EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS:
    Wentworth Drive | Virginia Water | Surrey | GU25 4LX | UNITED KINGDOM
    Tel:  +44 (0)1344 840400
    Email: media@europeantour.com
    Twitter: @EuropeanTour
    Facebook: European Tour
    Web: www.europeantour.com

    TOPGOLF CONTACT:
    Kara Barry
    press@topgolf.com 

     

    ABOUT THE EUROPEAN TOUR
    The European Tour is ‘Driving Golf Further’ through our guiding principles of being innovativeinclusive and global.

    Innovative: The European Tour is driving innovation in golf through the creation of award-winning content, pioneering tournament formats such as GolfSixes and the use of the latest technology and inventive fan engagement. We have recognised the need for golf to modernise for future fans and we are committed to engaging new audiences whilst respecting the tradition of our sport.

    Inclusive: We are committed to include all who share a love for the game of golf. We are passionate about a closer collaboration with the women’s game, disability golf and promoting the health benefits of playing golf.  

    Global: We are golf’s global Tour with our 2019 International Schedule comprising a minimum of 47 tournaments in 31 countries, including eight Rolex Series events, all part of the Race to Dubai. Since the European Tour was formed in 1972, players from 36 different countries have won tournaments, while our live broadcast reaches more than 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2,200 global broadcast hours for each event. We also enjoy the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Callaway, DP World, Dubai Duty Free, Emirates, Hilton and Workday as Official Partners.
    The European Tour also manages the developmental Challenge Tour and the Staysure Tour (formerly known as the Senior Tour) which is the men’s professional golf tour for members aged 50 and older.

    The European Tour is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.

    ABOUT TOPGOLF ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
    Topgolf Entertainment Group is a global sports and entertainment community that connects nearly 100 million fans in meaningful ways through the experiences we create, the innovation we champion and the good that we do.  What began as a technology that enhanced the game of golf now encompasses a range of unmatched experiences where communities can discover common ground at brand expressions including Topgolf venues, Lounge by Topgolf, Toptracer, Toptracer Range, Topgolf Swing Suite, Topgolf Studios, Topgolf Live and World Golf Tour (WGT) by Topgolf and Driving for Good.

    ABOUT WORLD GOLF TOUR (WGT) BY TOPGOLF
    WGT by Topgolf, a digital expression of Topgolf Entertainment Group and part of Topgolf Media, connects communities of fans in meaningful ways through a free, realistic, virtual golf gaming experience. With a fan base of more than 20 million users, WGT brings people together from around the world to play championship courses in photorealistic quality using the latest virtual golf equipment.

  • Don’t Miss CC Event #114 This Week

    12 Dec 2019

    CC Event #114 is live now, don’t miss out on these Viking helmets!

    Play now through Fri, 12/13 to win these tee markers and flags, plus the top 500 clubs will also receive Course Builder currency for custom courses.

    Don’t know what Course Builders and custom courses are all about? Learn more here.

    Play Now

    PS, did you know: You can earn up to 2X Country Club XP, carry even more CC Passes and generate Passes faster with a WGT Plus or Premier Membership? Upgrade now and the benefits last for an entire year!

    CC Event #114 runs 12/12-12/13 with multiple 4-hour Clashes, so be sure to play as many games as you can for your club and keep your eyes on the leaderboard.

    CC Events allow WGT Country Clubs to compete against each other for bragging rights and special in-game rewards. The club that earns the most total points from their Clashes wins!

    Here’s how it works: Each event is made up of Club Clashes which last for a limited amount of time (usually a few hours). When your club enters the event, you’ll be matched with a similar skill level club. Start playing! A timer will keep track of how much play is left in that Clash. Club members from both sides can play as many rounds as they’d like during that time using Club Passes and Superpasses to earn points.

    Learn more about CC Events and Club Clashes https://www.wgt.com/help.aspx#clash

    Not in a WGT Country Club yet? Learn more here and join one (or start your own!) http://www.wgt.com/clubs/

  • 💥 Take 20% Off Select TaylorMade Clubs Today

    10 Dec 2019

    Take 20% off select TaylorMade clubs in the WGT Pro Shop, now through 12/12.

    We know you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about gifts for your friends and family this month, which is why we’re thinking of you by offering 20% off select TaylorMade clubs during this week’s FLASH SALE. 

    If you’re looking to upgrade your set or simply try out a few new clubs, now’s your chance to add to your inventory at a discounted price!

    Shop Flash Sale

    *Special offer applies to select virtual TaylorMade clubs, now through 12/12. Available on WGT.com and WGT Golf Mobile.

     

  • Last Virtual Tour Major of the Year!

    05 Dec 2019

    Finish the year strong by playing in the Erin Hills Championship, the final tournament of the 2019 WGT Virtual Tour season.

    The unlimited first round runs through 12/25, followed by two single-play final rounds (12/26-12/28 and 12/29-12/31).

    Post your best score for the chance to win an increased total purse prize of 250,000 WGT Credits.

    Play Now

    The top 70 combined scores in each Pro-Tour Champion tier will split the total purse prize. Plus, the winning players by tier in each monthly tournament will also display a “reigning champion” icon next to their player name through the following month.

    *Open to all WGT players, see rules for details.

  • Snowed In Showdown is Live Now

    02 Dec 2019

    Loved the last Showdown event? Then don’t miss this week’s by joining the Snowed In Showdown now!

    Whether you’re a Showdown vet or new to the game, you don’t want to miss your chance to compete this time around – starting today.

    Play this multi-round head-to-head competition to win special prizes, including WGT Credits, coins, golf balls, apparel packs and more!

    To join, log on to WGT Golf and be sure to play on the first day of the Showdown – don't worry if you don’t make the day 1 cut, you'll have two more chances to qualify (as long as you've played the first day).

    Here are the rules for this week’s Snowed In Showdown:

    Qualifying Round

    • The Snowed In Showdown qualifying round lasts three days, each day is a new chance to qualify for the elimination round

    • During the qualifying round, the top 50% of the leaderboard advance to the elimination round

    • Players that qualify on day 1 (top 50%) do not need to compete in days 2 or 3 of the qualifying round

    • Players that do not qualify on day 1 can compete on days 2 and 3 to advance

    Elimination Round

    • The elimination round lasts two days, with players having only one chance to advance to the final round

    • The top 50% of the leaderboard qualifies for the final round

    Final Round

    • The final round lasts two days

    • All players that make it to the final round will win prizes, and higher ranks win bigger prizes!

    Other Things to Know

    • Scoring is based on total strokes, meaning the fewer shots you take to complete your matches, the higher you will rank on the leaderboard

    • Any incomplete or forfeited holes will be scored as bogeys

    Don’t miss your chance to play, going on now on WGT Golf Mobile – or the new WGT for PC (early access)!

    Play Now

    *Showdowns are available to all WGT players on WGT Golf Mobile and the new WGT for PC (early access), see full rules for details. 

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