Traditionally the period between Christmas and New Year is a listless period of eating leftovers and evaluating the previous 360 or so days of one’s life, but it’s time to replace that “betwixt” period with something productive and the Tower Tag Duo Cup offers such an opportunity!
A multiplayer VR PvP game from VR Nerds, Tower Tag originally became available to the public in February 2018. The game began to develop a following and gain attention in the industry, particularly in European and Asian markets where it was introduced at the Tokyo Joypolis amusement park in 2018 and received the award for Best Game Design at the German Computer Game Awards 2019.
Tower Tag gameplay is much like futuristic laser tag. The objective of capturing towers while avoiding enemy fire and eliminating opponents in the immersive map is challenging and fun.
This exciting, immersive version of laser tag developed a following around the globe, with locations in over 40 countries, when the world was plunged into the pandemic and most location-based entertainment centers closed. Seeing this as an opportunity rather than a setback, VR Nerds simply switched gears and shifted their focus to the home market.
“With the release of the home version of Tower Tag in May,” states Christoph Spinger, Co-Founder VR Nerds, “the year was especially exciting for us. Together with the community we have now half a year of early access behind us and would like to celebrate this together with the community in a big tournament over the holidays.”
Tower Tag Duo Cup
During the Tower Tag Duo Cup, players partner with a buddy and have the freedom to organize their round-robin phase matches via Discord. Following the round-robin phase, top teams will advance to a single-elimination final for the overall win.
Multiple teams from the same mother organization are allowed to participate.
- Game mode: 2v2 Deathmatch
- Maps: To be announced
- Match time: 5 min / best-of-three
- Region: EU region servers first. If both teams want to play in other regions, they can switch.
- Placement: Random, no seeding from previous tournaments
Prizes are based on a minimum registration of 16 teams, which has already been reached according to the tournament website.
- 1st: 500€ (250€ each) / approximately $600 USD ($300 USD each)
- 2nd: 300€ (150€ each) / approximately $360 USD ($180 USD each)
- 3rd: 200€ (100€ each) / approximately $240 USD ($120 USD each)
- Round-Robin: 27, 28, 29 / times set by teams
- Finals: 30 / 7:00 pm CET to 11:00 pm CET
- December 17
Where to Register
Where to Watch
Tower Tag is compatible with all major headsets, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, and Valve Index. The game can be played on Oculus Quest headsets with the Link cable.
Fans of the game will be happy to know that there are plans to bring Tower Tag to Quest for native support while continuing PC support.
“We are working daily on improving Tower Tag for the PC and some great features are still waiting for you,” states Spinger. “At the same time we’re also working on finally bringing Tower Tag to the Oculus Quest.”
This is great news for VR enthusiasts who prefer the untethered experience. It will also translate to an even larger playerbase as there are sure to be more Quest users looking for fun VR esports opportunities after the holidays.
For now, however, you can connect with the community via the Tower Tag Discord server and sign up for the Tower Tag Duo Cup to fill that betwixt period with something that will help you work off some calories after eating all those holiday treats.
Where to Find Tower Tag
You can purchase Tower Tag via Steam or Viveport. Currently there’s a bundle offering Grapple Tournament and Tower Tag together on Steam for less than $18 USD. Both these games have seen a growing playerbase and positive reviews. They’re also excellent options for VR fitness so we recommend that you check them out.