The Stream can be watched here - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/leveluplive
UPDATE Galaxy4Gamers.com is now sponsoring MWC! Sorry for the late notice on this, but they are really excited to be contributing.
After MWC is over, you will be invited to join a post-MWC online tournament held by Galaxy4Gamers with a nice big cash prize for top honors. Details about this will come later, but you can sign up for Galaxy4Gamers at MWC to be easily included in this online tournament later.
4 days away!
UPDATE Online hotel booking is shut off, but they DO have rooms left and you can still get them at the group rate of 69/night.
This quote is from the hotel after I asked them about more rooms for this week. You just need to call Susan and tell her you are with the MWC group to get a room.
UPDATE Bad news - There will be no wifi at the hotel during MWC hours. All of the bandwith will be routed to the live-stream to ensure a smooth and clear stream. You will be able to use the free wifi at the hotel during non-event hours. Friday 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 12 noon to 2am, and Sunday 11am to 10pm, wifi will not be available.
I apologize for this, but the hotel had promised to have a 2nd line installed for the live stream and due to unforeseen circumstances, it will not be installed on time. Hopefully you guys will be too busy having fun during event hours to care that you cant jump on the net real quick.
I’ve also been getting questions about parking. Parking is free and there is plenty of it. There is also no need to pre-register for this event. Pre-registration was for time-planning purposes, and all official registsration will be taken at the event. You must be paid before your tournament starts. ** Do not expect to get in line to register at 11:55am because SSF4 starts at 12 noon.** You will be late if you do and will not be entering. Come early. Come down friday night and register between 6 and 10pm. See you guys this weekend!
Update - Teams Announcement:
Sunday May 9th - 12 Noon
SSF4 and T6 Teams begins.
-3 on 3, 30 dollars per team to enter.
-Double elimination bracket
-Players cannot change characters
-Teams cannot have duplicate characters
-Evo style matches, in which you set a team order that you must stick to the entire tournament.
-Single Game, 2/3 rounds (3/5 rounds in tekken). The loser is eliminated, the winner goes to the back of his team’s order. Repeat until one team is out of players.
-Example: The first three matches will always be Team A Player1 vs Team B Player 1, then Team A Player 2 vs Team B Player 2, then Team A Player 3, vs Team B Player 3. Recycle the order with remaining players there after.
-Payout is 70%/30% to the first and 2nd place teams if 8 or more teams enter. If less than 8 teams enter, it will be winner take all.
At 4:00pm, SSF4 Random-Teammates 5 on 5 Begins
-Enter alone for $5 with your character
-You will be randomly sorted onto teams of 5 players with no overlapping characters
-Rules are the same as the other team tournaments otherwise
-Please try to make friends and help or learn from other players during this event.
Update - Rain is not coming to Chicago for Tekken now. Sorry for the misinformation, but apparently he planned to come and now cannot. Alex Valle IS coming, however, so you can test your skills against one of the old pros himself in HDr, ST, and SSF4.
**UPDATE - **Madcatz is officially sponsoring MWC! This means a $1,000 Dollar pot bonus on Super Street Fighter 4 singles competition (which will be split separately from the normal prize pool, details later this week) to help you make your way to Evo2010. MWC will also have a door-prize system this year. If you paid the venue fee, you are automatically entered at no additional charge to win gaming related goodies! In the raffle are up to 5 Madcatz TE fightsticks, so you may be going home with a brand new stick just for showing up!
Level|up is officially streaming MWC! You can expect the highest quality stream with the greatest production values thanks to Level|up’s unmatched expertise and equipment. As a bonus to people in the continental USA watching from home, Madcatz will have several more give-aways for stream viewers only! If you can’t find a way out to MWC for the action, be sure not to miss a minute at home to increase your chances of winning! Catch Level|up’s work on the Wednesday Night Fights from SoCal, or the Specialists 3 event that went down recently.
The schedule is now available for MWC 2010. Please be advised that games on Saturday (especially SSF4 and T6) may carry over into Sunday, so plan accordingly. The new schedule includes team tournaments for SSF4 and T6, details of which will be announced later. These will only run, however, once singles are completed for those games.
UPDATE - 16 Trophies are up for grabs at MWC. Get 1st-3rd in SSF4, or 1st in HDr, T6, MvC2, TvC, MBAA, GGAC, Mystery, Windjam, ST arcade, Garou, 3s, CvS2, or Puzzle Fighter HD to take one home!
UPDATE - MWC has just been announced as an Evo qualifier. The top two players from all six Evo featured games will get seeds into pools at Evolution 2010! Preferential pool placement can keep you from running into other powerful players too early. More exciting announcements about MWC will be coming weekly!
I know a lot of you were starting to wonder why there had not been an announcement about the legendary Midwest Championships for 2010. The short answer is that MWC is in my hands this year, and we are saying goodbye to Nickel City. Its been a good run there, but consoles are the home of competitive fighting games now, and its time to move forward. MWC is back in 2010, directed by Keits (with Nives as assistant-director), and its going to prove the old axiom this May.
The address is:
2875 NORTH MILWAUKEE AVENUE
NORTHBROOK, IL 60062 UNITED STATES
When: May 8th and May 9th, 2010. Registration starts Friday night, or Saturday morning at 10am. Tournaments kickoff is at 12 noon Saturday and we close at 2am. Sunday we begin at 11am.
Hotel Rooms: I am super stoked to offer you guys rooms at the event for $69/night! Every room in the hotel, be it listed as having two beds or one, actually has two beds in it. (The single bed rooms have a sofa with a fold out bed in it.) The rooms have LCD televisions from LG that you are welcome to plug your game systems into (via RCA). Anyone who knows me knows I am one of the pickiest about monitor lag, and these TVs lag only a frame or two. They are great and I played TvC on one 60 games last night.
You can book your room by calling (847)298-2525 or 1-800-2CROWNE, or use the MWC Reservation website. The website is the best way to ensure you get the group rate. If you call, be sure to say you are in the Midwest Championships Group to ensure you get the special room rate and to ensure your rooms count toward the event total. The deadline to reserve your room is 4/23/2010. Even if you are local to the Chicago area, at this price, you should consider staying in the hotel Saturday night, as the tournament will run until 2am, and start again in the morning.
If you accidentally reserve a room without mentioning Midwest Championships, or if you use a Crowne prefered/frequent program to save money, please contact me ASAP via PM so I can make sure your room is added to our block.
Airport and Hotel Travel: Our venue is 9 miles up 294 from O’hare International Airport. A cab ride to the venue is about 27 dollars, so try to split, or offer someone at the event with a car half of that to come get you (its a pretty short drive).
Registration: Feel free to preregister in this thread by listing your gamer handle, real name, location, and the games you wish to enter, and please let me know if you personally reserve a room and for which nights. You do not need to let me know if you are splitting a room with someone else who paid.
All formal registration will be taken at the door. Every player, no matter how many tournaments they wish to enter, will pay the one-time Venue Fee of 20 dollars. You will also pay for every tournament you wish to enter, and their prices will be listed below in the Gamelist. If you wish to play casuals, meaning you are there to play games but not enter any tournaments, your Venue fee will be the ‘casuals only’ fee of 10 dollars.
All main and side tournaments will be run by MWC staff. To be clear, if you are playing a video game in the ballroom, casual or tournament, you need to have paid the venue fee. Spectating is, as always, free.
Late Registration notes - If you are going to be late to enter a tournament, please call a friend at the venue and have them pay to enter you, and then try to make it in before your match gets called. If you miss you match, you will be sent to the losers bracket, and if you miss that match you will be eliminated. If you do not get registered by the tournament start time, and believe me when I say we will be starting on time… you can still be entered into any Bye position on the bracket that sits in Winners1 or Losers1 rounds. If those rounds complete, no more late entries will be accepted. Please do not be late, or try to make an arangement to have a friend register you. We will be taking registrations Friday night before the event if you wish to give yourself more time Saturday morning for breakfast, practice, or sleep.
Equipment Discount: If you bring a TV or Game System and we decide to use it, and you are able to leave it for the full duration of the event, you will recieve a 5 dollar refund from your venue fee when the event closes on Sunday. Please bring your equipment out to help this tournament run smoothly. We need CRT televisions, Evo monitors, and PS3s more than anything, though a few PS2s and Wiis will be welcome as well. We would also love you long time + happy ending if you brought extra power strips and extension cords. Please label your stuff! We need copies of all the games, too, though there is no rebate. Do your part to help this event be a major success.
Prizes: After paying your venue fee, you pay to enter each tournament you wish to compete in. The full amount paid for each game goes into that game’s “Prize Pool”, and will be paid out to the top 3 placers in that game in the amounts of 70%/20%/10%.
Update: I’m pleased to finally announce the MWC Bonus structure. While the normal prize-pool money will be paid out traditionally, with 70% going to 1st place, 20% to 2nd place, and 10% to 3rd place, the Bonus Pot will be calculated separately. The bonus pot on SSF4 is Madcatz’ way of trying to get all of the best players out to Evo, and as such, they want you to use your bonus money toward getting to Vegas! The bonus pot split will go all the way down the top 8 as follows:
1st - 30% (70% of prize pool + 30% of bonus pot)
2nd - 20% (20% of prize pool + 20% of bonus pot)
3rd - 15% (10% of prize pool + 15% of bonus pot)
4th - 10% (10% of bonus pot)
5th - 7.5% (7.5% of bonus pot, two players will tie for 5th)
7th - 5% (5% of bonus pot, two players will tie for 7th)
As an example, lets look at SSF4. Lets say we have 200 entries, so the Prize Pool total is 2000 dollars (Prize pool splits between the top 3 finishers 70/20/10). The bonus pot from Madcatz to help the winners get to Evo is 1000 dollars (Bonus money is split between the top 8 finishers 30/20/15/10/7.5/7.5/5/5). Lets see what the totals would be like;
1st - 1400p + 300b = 1700$
2nd - 400p + 200b = 600$
3rd - 200p + 150b = 350$
4th - 100b = 100$
5th and 5th - 75b = 75$
7th and 7th - 50b = 50$
All games wthl a bonus pot will payout in this way, so stay tuned for future announcements on possible bonuses for other games.
Venue features: The ballroom we will be using is the “Chicago” ballroom, and measures 2,596 Sq/ft. The hotel will be setting up a cash consession stand IN the ballroom, and will be selling very reasonably priced stadium-style eats (hotdogs, sodas, etc). On top of this, if you walk 6 feet across the hall from our ballroom, you will be inside a full Bar, so you can get your drink on if you are of-age (and you are welcome to bring your drinks back into the ballroom, so long as you dont share with minors! If you do this you will be kicked out of the venue.) The hotel has a full restauraunt as well that serves a breakfast buffet, and if you paid the venue fee for MWC, you will be able to get a discount at the restaurant with our group rate.
Method: I’m pleased to announce that we will be using Tonamento to run MWC. That means you will be able to get text message alerts when your matches are up, so if you have a cell phone and a data plan, thats good on you! Tonamento also allows me run many different tournament games at once, so when the schedule is published, dont be surprised to see many of the games starting at the same time. Tonamento allows both tournament players and fans at home to follow the brackets live and view them anytime online. The hotel has free WiFi that you are welcome to use to check on the brackets at any time.
Sponsors: We are pleased to announce that GPX Gaming will be coming out to sponsor MWC by donating a lot of equipment! These guys are great and have some great stuff, so look forward to it!
AreaXIII has just signed on to donate a load of CRT televisions as well, so huge thanks to DeadXIII for doing that for us. Be sure to show your continuing support to him.
Live Stream: An announcement on the details of our live stream is coming soon. We have wired internet to ensure a smooth stream, and might have some real professionals coming in too. Stay tuned!
Gamelist: These games will run no matter what. The Schedule for when these games will start will be released later. Please plan on staying the full duration of both tournament days if possible so you dont miss any action.
Super Street Fighter 4 (ps3) [$10]
Super Street Fighter 2 HD-Remix (ps3) [$10]
Tekken 6 (ps3) [$10]
Marvel vs Capcom 2 (ps3) [$10]
Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars (wii) [$10]
Melty Blood: Actress Again (ps2) [$10]
Guilty Gear: Accent Core (ps2) [$10]
Mystery Game Tournament (???) [$10]
Windjammers (FubarDuck has offered to bring his MVS cart, now we just need someone with an AES+ mvs cart converter, SPEAK
Super Street Fighter II Turbo (ARCADE) [$10] (Thanks to ShinjiGohan)
Smash Brothers Events, Run by DevilDigi: One of these will be on Saturday, the other on Sunday, run the Smash traditional way, including pools. These are the only MWC tournaments being run separately from everything else, thanks to DevilDigi.
Super Smash Brothers Brawl (wii) [$10]
Super Smash Brothers Melee (wii) [$10]
Side Tournaments: These will run as time/space is available based on number of entries by the official tournament staff. If you pay for a side game that gets cancelled or you have to leave the event perminently before it stars, you will be refunded. If you want a side game added to the list, I’d be happy to add it and if time permits we will run it. Please
do not run your own side games at MWC, as our staff is perfectly willing to run anything so long as enough people are interested in entering and we can find the space for it.
King of Fighters 12 (ps3) [$5]
King of Fighters 2k2 Unlimited Match (ps2) [$5]
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (This may not run, depending on how we can set it up) [$5]
Garou: Mark of the Wolves (ps2) [$5]
Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike (ps2) [$5]
Capcom vs SNK 2: Millionaire Fighting 2001 (ps2) [$5]
Battle Fantasia (Ps3) [$5]
Super Puzzle Fighter II: HD Remix (360) (If we get a 360 with dedicated controllers and an extra tv for this, it could be a
main game) [$5]
Virtua Fighter 5 (360) (Same deal as puzzle fighter, we can probably run both off 360, one on saturday one on sunday)
Jackie Chan in Fists of Fire (PC) (You should be able to use your PS3 sticks for this)
Get hype everyone, this will be the first major for Super SF4.
Please plan on staying all day Saturday and Sunday if possible, as many of the events will continue running all weekend if entry numbers are big.
On Staff for this event - Keits (Director), Nives (Assistant Director), Murphagator!, Grog, Humbag, Moadib-GPX, DeMarcus-GPX, WSOP, Chindogg, j1n, Animeko, Heza-Chan, Kurasa
Get your MWC Avatar here (More avatars coming!) - http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/9702/mwcavatar.gif
Rules will be in the next post! Please wear your MWC avatar proudly! If you have any questions, please post in the thread here and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. See you in May!
Extra Curricular: We are planning a trip to Six Flags Great America the FRIDAY before the event (the 7th). The park is open from 10am to 5pm and is expected to be fairly empty, so lots of rides all day! If you feel like coming in Thursday night and hitting the park with us Friday morning, rooms under the MWC block are available for you! Be sure to buy your tickets to Six Flags online to save $20, and be sure to be in the lobby of the hotel at the ass crack of dawn (8:30am) to meet up with everyone for breakfast and carpooling to the park.
Local Attractions: Coming early or bringing a significant-other or parental unit? Show them what they can do near our venue!
Golf Mill Shopping Center - http://www.golfmill.com/ (5.8 miles) - 239 Golf Mill Center, Niles, Illinois 60714
JCPenny, Sears, Kohl’s, Target, Shop N Save, Kerasotes Showplace 12 Theater, and over 110 Specialty shops.
Assi Plaza Chicago Inc (4.8 miles) - 8901 N Milwaukee Avenue, Niles, IL 60714
An assortment of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese food and goods.
Woodfield Mall - http://www.shopwoodfield.com/ (11.8 miles) - 2 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173
With nearly 300 stores and restaurants it is a great place to dump … i mean … a great place for your girlfriend to visit during the tournament.
Mitsuwa Market Place - http://www.mitsuwa.com/tenpo/cica/eindex.html (10.1 miles) - 100 East Algonquin Road, Arlington Hts, IL 60005
Excellent selection of japanese food, books, cosmetics, and videos.
T-shirts will be available for $12 in M, L, and XL. 2XL and 3XL will be 15$. They will be black and have the official MWC logo on them, pictured here. Please support the tournament by picking up these wonderfully priced shirts. Travel Mugs, Hats, and Stick-bags will also be available in very limited quantities. First come first serve, and you can get at this stuff during Friday Night Early Registration.