SEGA Blog SEGA Blog Homepage SEGA on Facebook SEGA on Twitter SEGA on Flickr SEGA on YouTube

Archive for May 17th, 2012


Three Million Spiral Knights (and then some)

Spiral Knights

Hail, Knights!

SEGA and Three Rings are pleased to announce that we have hit a major milestone for Spiral Knights: today the game saw the creation of its three millionth account!

In celebration, and of course to thank all of you wonderful players for traveling this journey with us, all elevators will have no energy cost from now to Saturday, May 19 at 2pm PST.

To have seen this game grow from an infant Knight in its earliest alpha stage to a cool one million — and now to hit three million (and growing) accounts just a year after release, is definitely special. Seeing the game grow and change along the way is the best part — of course, there’s no need to rest on our spiral laurels, as it were, so here’s a sneak peak of what’s on the way:

  • More Missions, More Levels

Ever deeper into the Clockworks — new levels are on the way. And if it’s a challenge you want, then it is a challenge you will get — the new “Danger Missions” will offer enhanced challenge for those who think they’re tough enough.

  • More Combat Options!

Much secrecy around this so far — but expect it to be unveiled in stages. The end goal is to make combat more dynamic and strategic — and possibly more explosive — and therefore, more fun! Stay tuned …

  • More Accessible DLC!

Operation Crimson Hammer will eventually be giftable to all players. Making sure this works properly can be tricky so please give it a bit of time — but it’s on the way!

  • Expanded Guild Features!

If there’s one thing Knights do naturally, it’s band together for common purposes. Well, we want to reward your camaraderie — Spiral Knights is looking to expand existing guild features and introduce new ones, giving you ever-more ways to compete in groups.


Thanks everyone for continuing to help make Spiral Knights a success … we couldn’t have done it without you, and we’re looking forward to what the future brings for the Clockworks …!



Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown EVO Registration Open!

Virtua Figher 5 Final Showdown - Logo

Sega is excited to host a Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown side tournament at EVO 2012! EVO plays host to the top players in the fighting genre across a wide range of games. Players from all over the world arrive in Las Vegas to claim the top prize – the title of world champion! SEGA’s involvement in the tournament is huge. It’s a return to force with Virtua Fighter and we’re putting up $15,000 in prizes to show our support for the genre, the brand, and the players!

Registration, Fees, and Tournament Times

VF5FS- SpecialSparringLion2

To be entered into the tournament, you’ll need to visit the registration site and pay the $15 entrance fee. We are only accepting the first 256 entries, so you’ll have to be quick! All registration will close at 11:55pm on June 25th, 2012. No on-site registration will be allowed.


The tournament will primarily take place on Friday and Saturday, with the Grand Finals taking place on Sunday. In order to participate in the Virtua Fighter Tournament, you will NEED an EVO visitors badge. You can pick up this badge and find more information on the Shoryuken website.

By purchasing a Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tournament Ticket, you are agreeing to abide by the official tournament rules. Rules are listed in full at the end of this entry.

Tournament Prizes

VF5FS- TakaJean1

The tournament requires a non-refundable $15 entry fee, payable only through Paypal. The prize pot will be composed of all entree fees, as well as an additional $15,000 contributed by Sega.

The $15,000 will be split as follows. All pot money from entry fees will be added on top of these amounts and will be announced at a later date.

1: $3,000
2: $2,000
3: $1,500
4: $1,200
5: $1,000
6: $900
7: $800
8: $600
9 – 16: $500

More details will be announced as we approach the tournament. Thanks for your participation – we look forward to seeing you at the event!

Sega of America, Inc.

Evo 2012


Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown

Official Tournament Rules


(1) Description of Tournament– Sega of America, Inc. (“Sega”) is hosting a Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Tournament as part of EVO 2012, currently scheduled to be held on July 6-July 8, 2012 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, NV (“Tournament”), and will award prizes to tournament winners.


By participating in the Tournament, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sega, which shall be final and binding in all respects. By participating in the Tournament, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Promotion Entities (defined below) from any and all damages whether direct or indirect, which may be due to or arise out of participation in the Tournament or any portion thereof, or the acceptance, use/misuse or possession of prizes.  Further, the Promotion Entities do not make any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to the use of any prize, including, without limitation, quality, merchantability, and fitness for a particular purpose.  Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any additional expenses, omissions, delays, re-routing, or acts of any government or authority.

(2) Eligibility – The Tournament is open to all entrants who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of Sega of America, Inc., SRKX Productions, LLC, and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies, (collectively “Promotion Entities”) their immediate families (parent, child, sibling & spouse) and persons living in the same households of such individuals (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate in the Tournament. Void in Quebec, Puerto Rico, and all other US and international territories and where prohibited by law, rule or regulation. All international, federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
(3) How to Enter – The registration period for the Tournament will begin at 9am PST on May 14, 2012 and close at 11:55pm on June 25, 2012.  Tournament entrants may register at the following website: (“Website”).  Each entrant will be charged a one-time flat entry fee of fifteen USD ($15), with payment information specified on the Website.  The Tournament will be limited to two hundred fifty-six (256) entrants, and participants will be chosen on a “first come first served basis.”  There is a limit of one (1) entry per person per e-mail address.  Entries that are incomplete, contain irregular or invalid information, contain incorrect payment information, and/or are corrupted are void and will not be accepted.  In no event will the Promotion Entities be liable to entrants for any indirect, incidental, special, or consequential damages.  The Promotion Entities’ liability to entrants arising out of or in connection with the Tournament is limited to the fifteen USD ($15) entry fee.


(4) Data Collection – Sega collects personal information from you when you enter the Tournament.  By entering the Tournament, you agree to all of the terms and conditions of Sega’s Privacy Policy.  For information about how personal information may be used, see Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which is available at


(5) Rules – The Tournament will be governed by official EVO 2012 Tournament rules, which can be found at the following website:  Rules specific to Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown will be announced prior to the Tournament, and may vary depending on the number of Tournament entrants.  In the event of any conflict between the EVO 2012 Tournament rules and the rules explained in this document, these Official Rules shall govern.


(6) Prizes – Players will be ranked at the end of the Tournament.  The top sixteen (16) players will win cash prizes, the value of which will be determined based on the number of eligible Tournament entries received.  Cash prize values will be announced prior to the start of the Tournament.  Any prize winner receiving an excess of six hundred USD ($600) will also need to complete a W-9 form (if a U.S. resident) and a W-8 form (if a non U.S. resident).  All cash prizes are subject to tax withholding requirements as required by the law.


(7) Prize Awarding – Winners will be announced on site and provided with an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability/Publicity/Photograph Release (“Affidavit”), which must be completed, (unless prohibited by law). The completed Affidavit must be returned no later than July 8, 2012; failure to respond in this period of time will result in the winner’s forfeiture of the Tournament, and will result in disqualification, forfeiture of the prize and the selection of an alternate winner.  Winners grant Sega the right to use and publish winner’s proper name, country, city, and state online in connection with the Tournament. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Sega to use winner’s name and likeness solely for advertising and promotional purposes as Sega without notice or further compensation, except where prohibited by law. Prize recipient shall not be permitted to (a) replace his/her designated prize with another prize or item or (b) transfer or assign his/her designated prize to another person. All federal, state, local, and other taxes on prizes, (including any applicable import taxes on prizes) are the sole responsibility of the person accepting the prize.  Sega will comply with all tax withholding requirements as required by the law prior to rewarding the prize(s).


(8) General – All decisions of Sega in any matter relating to this Tournament shall be binding and final. Sega is not responsible for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware, software, or web site. Sega is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, howsoever caused, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Entrants found tampering with or abusing any, aspect of this Tournament, as solely determined by the judges, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sega reserves the right to terminate entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Tournament. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Tournament may be in violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sega reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sega’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sega reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Tournament if any fraud, virus or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Tournament, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  The Tournament and the rights and obligations of Sega and Entrants will be governed by and controlled by the laws of the state of California, applicable to contracts made and performed therein without reference to the applicable choice of law provisions. All actions, proceedings or litigation relating hereto will be instituted and prosecuted, without resort to any form of class action, solely within the state courts of California and federal courts located within such state and county with respect to any action, dispute or other matter pertaining to or arising out of the Tournament. In the event any provision of these Official Rules will be held to be unenforceable, these Official Rules will continue in full force and effect without such provision.


© SEGA.  SEGA and either registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Corporation. VIRTUA FIGHTER and FINAL SHOWDOWN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Corporation.