Madden Challenge kicks off Sept. 1

First official international tourney for EA's NFL franchise set to start barely a week after game hits shelves.

Madden 2007 drops August 22 for a slew of systems, and those who want to prove they're the best in the world will have to get on top of it quicker than a loose ball in the Super Bowl. Electronic Arts today announced that the fifth annual Madden Challenge tournament will begin September 1.

For the first time, the Madden Challenge is going international, as the winners of 26 US regional tournaments will join the champs from five regionals in other countries to compete for a grand-prize package including a check for $100,000 on February 8 at the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The tournament will be sponsored by Microsoft and Best Buy, and competition will be held on the Xbox and Xbox 360 versions of the game in two separate divisions. The professional division (limited to a field of 512 entrants in each region) will use the Xbox version, while the Xbox 360 division (up to 64 players in each region) will use the next-gen edition of the game.

According to EA, last year's Madden Challenge drew 16,000 participants. For more information on the tournament, visit the official Web site.

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26 comments
pittstate6
pittstate6

not one spot in the midwest except chicago? i would have to drive over 10 hours!

guitarking1313
guitarking1313

Why no Orlando? I don't want to drive way out to Tampa for this =(

mattxavier
mattxavier

American football is a knock off of rugby,LOL.

PyroSean30
PyroSean30

so why is this on the PS3 news ticker? well i like football games, so yay!!!!

skullkrusher9
skullkrusher9

Oh freaking boy, more rehashed sports games.

MarylandTerpFan
MarylandTerpFan

whats up with other countries playing games of our sport thats kinda weird they should have a rugby challenge or w/e they play.

agaglioti21
agaglioti21

Sept. 1st for Denver, CO only.......October 14th for me in NJ.

faridmon
faridmon

why would un american play American Football, that doesn't make sense. when is fifa coming EA? ops, wrong game, Konami When WilPES comming?

Fatality4u
Fatality4u

This would be really fun, but I also know that I am not even close to many people.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Why so soon after launch. Madden blows gimme back my NFL 2k butt munchers

chickener
chickener

tournament only on xbox and xbox 360 :(

bpmurr
bpmurr

I have a few friends that would do pretty well in a Madden tourney. They just can't seem to get the Xbox/Xbox360 control scheme. It's PS2 for them or bust. Looks like I'll have to get them up to speed on 360 quick!

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Woot! Madden Challenge! I love this tournament. I wonder who will win this year.

Ocram_Zepol
Ocram_Zepol

Awesome... I want to enter the Madden Challenge. I'm sure i'll get owned, because I'm prbly not the BEST Madden player out there, but there's something about football games that just makes me good at them.

stewart24
stewart24

One year probley near 2015 your going to here Gordon Duncan as Madden champ but before then Im just going to keep homing my skills. I have beat all madden (7 min quarters) I was Greenbay and the other team was the Chargers I won 82 to 0. Never came close to that score again.

Ghost_Warrior
Ghost_Warrior

Well I suck at Madden anyways so I'd get killed.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

Fat males everywhere rejoyce.

jfz
jfz

it suk that i cant be in cuz i got school

datnigg4u2no
datnigg4u2no

looks like its gonna be a long week! red bull and pizza!!

STRICK26
STRICK26

SUX DOESNT EVEN COME TO THE MIDWEST.

avamarine
avamarine

Oh its time for the Kickoffs suckas

Igwababa
Igwababa

That sux, same as day I go back to school

ElJuego07
ElJuego07

Wow i guess u better get practicing if ur gonna been in this.