Sega.com has announced that it will host an online tournament for Infogrames' Dreamcast game Unreal Tournament. In the so-called The Grandmasters: Unreal Tournament event, which begins on June 6, interested parties will be able to participate in four weeks of online ladder play to qualify for a place in the Grandmasters playoff tournament. The 64 qualifiers in the ladder tournaments will be announced on July 3, and the Grandmasters playoffs tournament will begin on July 8, culminating with the crowning of Sega.com's Ultimate Grand Master.
"Dreamcast gamers have enjoyed online gameplay for quite some time, and SegaNet members have consistently requested automated rankings and head-to-head tournament play to enhance the gaming experience" said Skip McIlvaine, director of games business development at Sega.com. "Sega was the first to provide online console gaming with the launch of NFL 2K1 for SegaNet, and now we are taking it to the next level with enhanced online competition features with The Grandmasters: Unreal Tournament event. This is the start of something big."
Registration is free at grandmasters.sega.net.