Gamersaloon.com, which launches today, matches video game enthusiasts against each other to use their skills in online tournaments. Billed as "The Player to Player Video Game Tournament Network," the new site will offer players of more than 300 of the most popular video game titles the opportunity to win cash prizes while competing in head- to-head matchups.
"Video gamers have designed this site for video gamers," said Gabe Rubin, president and co-founder of Gamersaloon.com. "Gamersaloon.com is easy, fun to use and offers an entertaining way for video game players to join an open tournament or create their own tournaments." Rubin originated the idea for Gamersaloon.com while playing a hockey video game, online, from his Michigan home against his brother in California. "Like most video gamers, I'm competitive. So, I thought, 'wouldn't it be great if I could play against someone online and win cash prizes?' I know many other video game players feel that way and that's why we are launching this site."
Gamersaloon.com's creators have worked for most of the past year to build this new online community, where video gamers will share their experiences and talk about all things video game. "We are the first site of this kind to offer live audio and video chats integrated seamlessly," said Gamersaloon.com chief technology officer Noah Krugel. "To appeal to our customers, the look and feel of Gamersaloon.com needs to be up to the standards of video gamers, the people who experience the newest in graphics and technology every day."
Gamersaloon.com's customers pay an entry fee to compete in the head-to- head tournaments, but membership to the site is free. Other customer-friendly features include a player rating system to measure both skill level and sportsmanship and a forum for players to discuss video games. Cash payments are secure and facilitated by PayPal.
Gamersaloon.com will enable its customers to set up tournaments with games from online enabled platforms such as Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and Nintendo Wii and personal computers. It will also support games from handheld platforms such as the PSP and Nintendo DS.
Video game players must be at least 18 years old and reside in one of the following states to compete via Gamersaloon.com: Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin or Wyoming.
Gamersaloon.com is owned by Beyond Gaming, LLC a private, Michigan-based company, with operations entirely located in the United States.