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Compete for $100,000 in the 2016 MechWarrior Online World Championships

In my younger days, I was the public relations director for a small regional rodeo association and we were excited when our biggest rodeo had a total jackpot of $20,000. But that's nothing compared with the jackpots offered to gamers by some of today's eSports ventures.

For example, the 2016 MechWarrior Online World Championships taking place on Dec. 3 in Vancouver will be offering more than $100,000 in jackpot prizes to the winners -- and you don't have to strap yourself to a bull to get it.

Piranha Games has opened entries for the tournament by clicking here. Regional qualifying rounds will start in May, with the regional finals this fall.

With more than 10 million+ matches already played via several regionally placed servers, pilots can train on more than 19 different maps and 350-plus available Mechs to choose from in a variety of configurations. New pilots are also offered a complete tutorial experience in the MechWarrior Academy to familiarize themselves with the competitive aspects of MechWarrior Online.

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What's MechWarrior Online about? Piranha offers this description: "Set in the year 3049 during the early stages of a massive interstellar war, the game puts you in command of the most powerful war machine to ever walk the field of battle, the mighty BattleMech.

"Pilot your Mech and customize it to suit your preferred battlefield role; upgrade systems, weapons, and armor with endless options giving you creative control over your battle strategy as you face your next opponent. MechWarrior Online delivers a rich online experience, rewarding everything a player does with experience points, C-Bills, unlocks and recognition.

"MechWarrior pilots can dive into this massive online world of the distant future, where battles are won by piloting a futuristic world's most advanced BattleMech’s and laying waste to opposing Mechs."

The game starts with an initial free-to-play option on Steam by clicking here.

So, if you and your teammates have what it takes in the MechWarrior Online environments, go head to head with your team of eight pilots and coordinate, strategize and conquer your way to Vancouver this year.

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Born at a very young age with no foreknowledge of the event.