BELLEVUE, Wash. – Aug. 28, 2013: ArenaNet, developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, will celebrate a record-breaking first year for Guild Wars 2 with a huge event in Seattle’s Renaissance Hotel on Saturday, Aug. 31. This event, which coincides with the gaming expo PAX Prime, will provide ArenaNet developers and fans a chance to meet and commemorate a fantastic first year.

Released a year ago today, Guild Wars 2 ranks as the all-time fastest-selling Western massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) in North America and Europe with territorial sales topping more than 3 million in the first nine months of availability.

“The game sold so far beyond our expectations,” wrote ArenaNet president Mike O’Brien in a blog post released today, marking the anniversary. “In this first year we’ve ramped up to make Guild Wars 2 the best-supported, most-updated online world in the industry.” To read the full blog and view an infographic created to commemorate the milestone, visit

The Guild Wars 2 Anniversary Bash will take place in the Madison Ballroom in downtown Seattle’s Renaissance Hotel on Aug. 31 from 1-11PM PST. The event will begin with a welcome address from studio president O’Brien, followed by a sneak peek at exclusive new content and an informative panel discussion with Guild Wars 2 developers about the game’s Living World, which is delivering players exciting new content at a pace unprecedented by Western standards.

Two teams of competitive players will face off in the inaugural PvP Invitational Tournament. The two winning teams from the North American and European regional qualifying tournaments will face off in a best three out of five player vs. player (PvP) match with $10,000 in prize money on the line. It’s competitive PvP at its most intense.

Starting at 8PM, ArenaNet staff and players will mix and mingle in an anniversary party full of music and prizes.

Schedule of Events

  • Welcome Address – 1-1:30PM
  • Sneak Peek Play Session – 1:30-3PM
  • Panel: “The Living World of Guild Wars 2” – 3:30-4:30PM
  • PvP Invitational Tournament – 5-7PM
  • Anniversary Party – 8-11PM

For more information about the Guild Wars 2 Anniversary Bash visit

Guild Wars 2 offers gamers the chance to explore a vast, ever-changing fantasy world and participate in dynamic events great and small. With active combat, a gripping personal story, and beautiful handcrafted environments, the game also offers the challenge of small team competitive player vs. player (PvP) matches and large scale warfare amongst hundreds of players in World vs. World.

For more details about Guild Wars 2, visit

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