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VR Esports Gaming #1: Tower Tag

Welcome to a new series called VR Esports Gaming, where we will be looking into virtual reality games that are compatible with esports! The first game of the series had to be Tower Tag. It’s been a really successful game for 3 years. Now that VR Nerds has released it on Steam [13,49€] for players at home, you can become a Tower Tag champion from the comfort of your home.

What makes the game that exciting? Well, Tower Tag combines blaster fights with fast-paced movement, even in small play spaces. It captures the rush of a game of laser tag or paintball, but in an astonishing virtual sci-fi battlefield. Tower Tag holds tournaments for home users, such as the Sommer Cup , Gamescom Cup, and the Top32/1v1 Duel Cup. They even have a tournament coming up in November; the Autumn Cup, so make sure you sign up from the links above if you think you can win!

The Gameplay

Tower Tag includes three different game modes: Elimination, Team Death Match and Goal Tower, which all have a traditional capture-the-flag logic at heart. As a player, your aim is to dominate the battlefield by conquering as many tower platforms as possible, by using your virtual blasters. You have to move quickly between these platforms using your grappling hook. You can avoid getting shot by your enemies by taking cover in the towers. There are also barriers outside, which can be destroyed by your enemies.

You can play Tower Tag with many different PC headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It’s even available for the brand new Oculus Quest with a Link Cable, but the developers are working on a wireless version, which will probably be out soon. Another really interesting aspect of the game is that players are able to print custom 3D guns to use in the game. This looks like the future of gaming; combining two relatively new technologies to create a unique gaming experience. It improves the sense of realness of the game.

The founder of VREsports.com playing Tower Tag.

Tower Tag and VR Esports

Are you a Tower Tag player and want to take your gaming to the next level? Then you can play it as an esport. Tower Tag is getting bigger and bigger in the esports scene. With a lot of players playing this game professionally, a lot of strategy and skill is coming into play. You have to predict your opponent’s next move, move around fast, and master your aim. It’s a team game, so the communication between the players is extremely important as well. You also have to be able to adapt to the ever-changing battlefield to gain a strategic advantage. Good players are also able to find the balance between the offence and defence. What’s great is that our new VREvolution platform is going to be hosting this game as well! More and more people are starting to play Tower Tag as an esport, so there’s a lot of competition out there!

The beauty of Tower Tag is that it’s also offered in VR arcades. Arcades like The VR Room even offer the game with actual towers, which makes the gaming experience much richer. Since its initial release, 1,000,000 players have played the game in arcades worldwide, for a total of over 120,000 hours.

In the video, you can see a match between two teams in a VR esports competition. It’s a tournament hosted by the Virtual Athletics League (VAL), partially held at The VR Room. You can see a complete game where Team Blue was the winner of this specific match.

Conclusion

Tower Tag is definitely one of the coolest VR games out there. With its futuristic graphics and intriguing gameplay, it’s hard to drop it once you start playing. Especially if you’re stuck at home and have a VR headset, Tower Tag is totally worth checking out. You can even master the game and decide to play it in the esports level. Stay tuned at VREsports.com for when we launch our VREvolution league and you might become the next Tower Tag champion!

Yigit Kirca
Yigit is currently a university student in the Netherlands. He has always been interested in VR and was fascinated by the possibilities it brings, especially in gaming. He is currently the digital content manager of VREsports.com.

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