Competitive Madden gaming, for the better part of a decade, typically involved a weekend of long drives, cheap hotel stays, and lots of standing, sitting and sometimes sleeping on ugly convention center carpet. It fairly assured that only the diehards and elites would show up for preliminary rounds.
Well, not anymore. Virgin Gaming is bringing that online, now, and later in the next year will be running such tournaments from within the video games themselves on the PlayStation 3. EA Sports today announced that Virgin Gaming is not only in charge of its long-running "Madden Challenge" Tournament on the PS3, but also a challenge series involving the label's FIFA and NHL titles, too. The series will pay out a combined $1 million in prize money this spring.