Gaming’s Greatest Fictional Tournaments

Tekken 7
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Tournaments are a classic video game setup. Two people enter, one person leaves. Then, shortly afterwards, the other person leaves having been declared the winner. Futurama gags aside, tournaments truly are ubiquitous in gaming, serving as the perfect setting for some high-stakes action. As much as we would love to attend one, we imagine the ticket prices are exorbitant. Inflation and all that. Anyway, here are gaming’s greatest tournaments.

The Pokémon League

Series: Pokémon


There’s something very special about confronting your first Elite Four challenge in the Pokémon League. As a staple of mainline Pokémon games, the Pokémon League serves as the final challenge for trainers who have beaten every gym leader in their region. In Sword and Shield, the Pokémon League was made even more intense with the addition of Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.

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Dead or Alive World Combat Championship

Series: Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive

A shinobi, a cyborg, and Bruce Lee walk into a bar. What we’ve just presented is a common occurrence in Dead or Alive World Combat Championship-adjacent bars.

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Special Cup

Series: Mario Kart

Mario Kart

It’s hard to pick a favourite cup from the Mario Kart series but purely for Rainbow Road, it has to be the Special Cup. Despite being the source of many a broken controller over the years, this series mainstay is always the most rewarding to win.

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King of Iron Fist Tournament

Series: Tekken


Want to prove yourself as the world’s greatest martial artist? This is the tournament for you. Simply put, the Tekken universe revolves around the King of Iron Fist Tournament, and with the prize being the world’s biggest corporation, Mishima Zaibatsu, we can see why.

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Apex Games

Series: Apex Legends

Apex Legends

Do you consider yourself an Apex Predator? Prove it in the Outlands as part of the Apex Games. This televised phenomenon which has been running for over 120 seasons is the biggest entertainment franchise in the shared world of Apex Legends and Titanfall.

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