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Ubisoft tries to make Just Dance an eSport

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League of Legends. Dota 2. StarCraft 2. Counter-Strike. Just Dance?

Ubisoft wants its hugely popular dance game to be considered an eSport, and has signed a deal with one of the major eSports organisers in a bid to make it happen.

The Electronic Sports World Cup and Ubisoft announced Just Dance 2015, out later this year, will be part of the ESWC lineup.

"For the 11th edition of the ESWC, we are very proud to widen the definition of eSport with Ubisoft," said ESWC founder Matthieu Dallon.

"Competitive gaming has to welcome all kind of players, has to be developed in partnership with the games publishers, and has to showcase the most advanced technologies which link the body to the game. Just Dance is for ESWC the perfect medium to reach those goals."

So, this is happening it seems. Qualifiers for the Just Dance World Cup (that's what they're calling it) take place from now until 21st September online and at gaming events. It's a competition open to anyone, but only 20 will make it to the final. Fancy your chances?

"As soon as you put Just Dance on a stage the crowd starts dancing spontaneously," said Ubisoft's eSport chief Jean-Baptiste Pennes.

"This is really inspiring to us and reflects the fact that dancing is a show as much as it brings people together. Competitive gaming shares the same goal, so we decided to partner with ESWC and create an official discipline with a very accessible show for everyone to feel the thrill of eSport."

The Grand Final of the Just Dance World Cup will be held at Paris Games Week from 30th October to 1st November.

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