Monday, September 15, 2008

Presenting the 2008 Ivy League Championship...

Oh snap! The 2008 Ivy League Championship kicks off on September 16th! That's... tomorrow! Are you even prepared for that kind of awesomeness???


Join in the fun here: http://ivy.gocrosscampus.com. 'Twill be awesome. (Ooooh, anyone want to lifecast the whole thing?)

In any case, here's the press release we released to campus newspapers, if you'd like to read it:

NEW HAVEN, CT – What is slated to be the single largest competitive event in the history of the Ivy League, GoCrossCampus and the Ivy Council have joined forces to launch the 2008 Ivy League Championship, presented by TicketNetwork. An epic two-month online battle for territorial supremacy, the Championship is open to everyone in the Ivy League. Participants can show off their spirit and dominate their rival schools when the game kicks off on September 16 at http://ivy.gocrosscampus.com.

“Take a world domination game, multiply it by over 50,000 players, inject plenty of social interactivity, and set the whole thing on a map of New England,” explains Matthew O. Brimer (Yale ’09), co-founder of GoCrossCampus. “You control who you attack and where you defend, working together en masse with the rest of your team for total Ivy League domination. The object of the tournament is to conquer the entire map and oust all your rival Ivies.”

Combining elements of social networking, online gaming, and inter-collegiate sports rivalry, GoCrossCampus fosters competitive social interaction combined with high user engagement, online as well as offline. Brimer elaborates, “Whether it’s the nightly team strategy meetings, the networks of spies on other campuses, or the massive recruitment pushes in dorms and dining halls, GXC is just as iconic in the real world as it is online.”

“You can talk strategy via a built-in
chat interface, get real-time stats on how the game is progressing and even get elected commander of your school,” describes Sean Mehra (Yale ’08), another GoCrossCampus co-founder. Brimer adds, “Plus, we have all kinds of cool new features this year: a completely revamped user interface, commander dossiers, player and team superlatives, special territories, and real-time movements! And as always, GXC is completely free for all involved.”

“Last year’s Ivy League Championship garnered nearly 11,000 players from all eight Ivies — both students and alumni alike,” says Nick Selz (Yale ’11), Director of the Ivy League Championship. “This year, we plan on smashing that record.” During the game, each day comprises a single turn, with rapid-fire consequences. The tournament is set to end no later than November 16.

Bing Chen (Princeton ’09), President of the Ivy Council, is similarly enthusiastic. “In its year of rebuilding and expansion, Ivy Council seeks to initiate, support, and collaborate with intercollegiate programs like GoCrossCampus. We hope to foster creative outlets for Ivy League students. This is one step towards the propagation of innovative, intercollegiate programs created by and for Ivy League students. The Ivy Council is thrilled to partner with GoCrossCampus for the Ivy League Championship and looks forward to further partnerships in the future.”

To that end, several prominent campus government organizations throughout the Ivies have come onboard in support of the Ivy League Championship. “We’re creating a full-blown online sport for the entire campus to get involved with,” says Selz. “We’ve been extremely pleased with the willingness of top campus organizations to sanction it as such. Plus, it’ll be great fun.”

In addition, GoCrossCampus is hosting the GoCrossRidiculousGiveaway, a prize package for one randomly selected active player on the winning team in the Ivy League Championship. Brimer explains, “This is serious business. One lucky Ivy League student will get their dorm room totally decked out with some major hardware: a plasma HDTV, surround sound stereo system, Nintendo Wii, and more. Talk about free awesome!”

The 2008 Ivy League Championship even has an official presenting sponsorship from TicketNetwork, the largest exchange of sought-after tickets to sold-out concert, sporting, and theater events from ticket brokers all across the country.

Ultimately, GoCrossCampus seeks to create collegiate competitions that absolutely everyone on campus can play. “Unfortunately, varsity and even intramural sports can often be exclusive,” says Mehra. “We’re trying to open up the world of college competitions through tournaments based on highly social gameplay, fueled by team spirit and competitive rivalries.”

"Last year's game was a blast,” proclaims Gerardo Giacoman (Yale '09), commander of the Yale team in last year's Ivy League Championship. "Thousands of Yalies rallied to the cause, and it was awesome coordinating with undergrads, grad students, and even alums in strategizing and recruiting for the team. Though we didn't win last year, this time I'm sure we'll put up a good fight... and crush Harvard once again." After a brief pause, Gerardo adds, "Any teams looking for an alliance?"

26 comments:

Xerxes said...

Question: When you say "press release we released to campus newspapers", which campus newspapers do you refer to (is it just Yale's or Cornell and all the other Ivies as well)?

Matthew O. Brimer said...

Hey Xerxes,

We sent the press release to all eight Ivy campus newspapers, and are still waiting to get articles about the Championship as soon as they will write them. I would be more than happy to send you our press release in document form for distribution, if you're interested. In fact, the more all of our GXC users can rally behind the ILC and ping the campus papers about writing the stories, the more success and buzz I think we'll get.

Just email me at matt@gocrosscampus.com and we can chat.

Cheers,
-MOB

Andy said...

Still waiting on response to an email.... I am blogging about this game to 700 alumni relations professionals and want to say something good about it. So I thought I'd play (Brown alumnus). But the activation link I got via email didn't seem to work and I can't log in. Would love to have my email activated, or the link re-sent to shaindlin AT alumni DOT brown DOT edu. Thanks!

Andy said...

After I posted the above comment, I tried logging in again - and it worked. So I'm all set. Thanks!

Matthew O. Brimer said...

Hi Andy,

Glad it worked for you. I was just about to send you an email to let you know that you're confirmed, but it looks like you're all set. Feel free to shoot me an email at matt@gocrosscampus.com if you'd like to chat further or need some more info on the Ivy League Championship or GXC in general.

Cheers,
-Matt

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