The SteelSeries iron.lady III Tournament kicks off in Shanghai on Friday, January 29. For the third consecutive year, it has been sponsored by gaming peripherals and accessories manufacturer SteelSeries. The tournament is the biggest of its kind and brings some of the topmost female gamers from across Asia to a common stage.
The first game of the tournament will be played at 6:30pm China Standard Time on January 29 and the tournament will last through the weekend to January 31. Launched in 2007 by SteelSeries, the tournament has grown enormously in the last couple of years and currently boasts a viewer base of nearly 3.7 million people in China alone. It is widely considered to be the ultimate invitational battle between eight of the best female Warcraft III players from Asia, with the winner walking away with 10,000RMB in prize money.
In addition to the top female Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos gamers from Asia, SteelSeries has also invited the best international female gamers to compete in the custom Warcraft III scenario, Defense of Ancients or DotA this year. The prize money for the top honours for this tournament is also 10,000RMB. Additionally, every gamer participating in the iron.lady III Tournament will receive a complimentary SteelSeries iron.lady product bundle made up of a SteelSeries 7G Keyboard, a SteelSeries iron.lady Ikari Laser Mouse, a SteelSeries iron.lady QcK Mousepad, and a SteelSeries iron.lady Siberia Full-Size Headset.
Talking about the tournament, SteelSeries CEO Bruce Hawver said, “The iron.lady Tournament represents and signifies the strength and determination that female gamers have in competing over three days as well as the skill to compete on a professional level. We value the incredible international following that the iron.lady Tournament has achieved and we are excited to kick it off with an added tournament segment that will bring new players to the circuit. We’re proud to provide all of these gamers with SteelSeries gear – these ladies know that winning is everything.”
An added attraction this year is that US fans of Warcraft III and the iron.lady girls there would be able to participate in the tournament in real time via instant messaging through GirlGamer.com.