This past weekend the Big Buck World Championships took place in Chicago and when the dust settled, players walked away with a total of $50,000 in prizes. Two of those players won $10,000 each, one for the Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament and the other for the Big Buck Safari Tournament. Play Mechanix also gave the upcoming Big Buck World upgrade a first showing and although we are still waiting on media from that one, we do have a few details on it. You can find out more about that as well as check out more pictures from the tournament below, thanks to Kelly at TeamWorks Media for the information.
Head down to the bottom for some details on Big Buck World.
Trevor Floren of Lake Villa, IL and Nick Berg of Minneapolis compete in the finals of the 2010 Big Buck Hunter Pro World Championships. Floren took home the title.
Chris Savell of Chicago competes in the 2010 Big Buck Hunter World Championships
X-Games athlete and star of MTV’s “Nitro Circus” Travis Pastrana competed in the 2010 Big Buck Hunter World Championships, along with his buddy Tommy Passemante, also of “Nitro Circus.” R to L: Travis Pastrana, George Petro, president of Play Mechanix, and Tommy Passemante
Tommy Passemante (l) and Travis Pastrana (r) compete in the Big Buck Hunter World Championships
Travis Pastrana (l) and Tommy Passemante (r) compete in the 2010 Big Buck Hunter World Championships
Big Buck Safari 2010 World Champion Alex Derhohannesian of New York City
Big Buck Hunter Pro 2010 World Champion Trevor Floren of Lake Villa, IL with Play Mechanix president George Petro (l) and Dave Snipes (r)
Here’s the press release to go along with the pics:
Trevor Floren of Lake Villa, IL Wins 2010 Big Buck Hunter World Championship and Alex Derhohannesian of New York City Wins 2010 Big Buck Safari World Championship
— Winners Receive $10,000 Top Prize, More Than $50,000 in Total Prize Money Awarded Throughout Tournament–
(Chicago, Ill.) – After a long and grueling tournament, on Saturday, October 2, Big Buck Hunter and Big Buck Safari have crowned the 2010 World Champions. Trevor Floren of Lake Villa, IL, took home Pappy’s Jug and the $10,000 top prize in the Big Buck Hunter Pro tournament and Alex Derhohannesian of New York City won King Shaka’s Tusk and $10,000 in the Big Buck Safari tournament. More than 100 of the best Big Buck players gathered at Chicago’s Cubby Bear to compete for a total of more than $50,000 in prize money.
Trevor Floren has competed in past Big Buck Hunter championships, but this is his first victory at the World Championships. Floren, who won a Big Buck Hunter game in a local tournament, gets plenty of practice and it finally paid off as he took down the 2009 Big Buck Hunter Pro champion Nick Berg of Minneapolis. With his family watching and sporting “Team Trevor” gear, Floren won his first-ever World Championship.
Alex Derhohannesian of New York City took home his first-ever World Championship in the Big Buck Safari competition. The East Region champion knocked out Chris Fream of Minneapolis in a hard-fought battle. City Slicker Derhohannesian trains in New York at Black Bear Lodge and 7B, and this is his second time participating in the World Championships after finishing fifth in 2009.
The two-day event, consisting of the Regional Finals and the World Championships, attracted hundreds of people and included free Big Buck Hunter games, live band karaoke, raffle prizes and more. This year, Big Buck Hunter also welcomed the first-ever celebrity participant. X-Games motocross champion and star of MTV’s “Nitro Circus” show, Travis Pastrana, who qualified in the East Region, and finished in 8th place in Big Buck Hunter Pro and 10th place in Big Buck Safari.
To qualify for the World championships, players had to play Big Buck Hunter Pro and Big Buck Safari games that are connected to the CoinUp Network, which allows them to keep track of their stats online and compete against other players across the country.
About Big Buck Hunter
Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season and Big Buck Safari are coin-operated arcade games, and the number one game in bars and restaurants with more than 15,000 games nationwide. The interactive hunting games allow players to complete various adventures with Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season set in forests and Big Buck Safari set in African safari locales. The games are designed to be played in a social setting with two guns, allowing players to compete against each other individually or in a two-player shootout mode. Big Buck Hunter Pro Open Season and Big Buck Safari games are also connected to the CoinUp® Network, allowing players to keep track of their stats online and compete against friends and other players across the country.
BIG BUCK WORLD DETAILS
Not included in the press release but shown at the tournament was the upcoming Big Buck World Upgrade. From what I have been able to find out so far, it will be sold as an upgrade kit for under $1000 for both Big Buck Hunter and Big Buck Safari machines. It will include content from BBH and BBS while adding more content to the game. Big Buck Safari is getting a content update called Outback which will add animals from Australia. Overall there will be 255 hunting sites from locations all over the world, 51 bonus games and a new Team play mode that offers a 2-on-2 Shootout.
We’re not sure what the release date is on this but it will be at IAAPA next month.