Microsoft has confirmed that the Dead or Alive Ultimate tournament currently underway in the USA and Canada "will not be happening in Europe".
Across the pond, DOAU owners who play on Xbox Live have the option of competing for a prize package that will take them to the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles this May.
However, Microsoft this week confirmed our suspicion that the tournament would not be opened to Euro gamers, with our UK rep offering the following statement:
"The Tecmo and Xbox Live Dead or Alive Ultimate Tournament will not be happening in Europe. This means that Xbox Live members in the UK will not be able to participate - and Xbox will be verifying those that take part ensuring that players are only from the US or Canada and over the age of 18. If, for any reason, an Xbox Live member from a European country does get in and play, they will not be eligible. However gamers should watch this space for news of other big tournaments happening on Xbox Live very soon."
The news will come as a minor blow to European Tecmo fans, for whom this isn't the first disappointment in recent memory; last year the company's phenomenal Ninja Gaiden was censored in Europe to remove decapitation animations before turning up two months after its US debut.