2K Sports, the premier publisher of sports video games, will take their game from the virtual diamond to the 2008 MLB All-Star game in New York. To help celebrate the exciting festivities, 2K Sports has coordinated a trio of special events this coming week for fans to participate in.
At the 2008 DHL All-Star Fan Fest, beginning July 11, 2K Sports will offer fans the unique opportunity to play Major League Baseball® 2K8 and get their hands on a sneak peek at the highly anticipated title, MLB® Power Pros 2008, on more than 20 gaming kiosks in the Cyber Ballpark area in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
On July 13, also at Cyber Ballpark, 2K Sports and Chevrolet will conclude the final round of the Chevy 2008 Virtual World Series Championship featuring Major League Baseball 2K8. After thousands of players competed on Xbox LIVE®, the annual online tournament will conclude by pairing the American and National League playoff tournament winners for a thrilling championship finale. The grand prize winner will receive an exclusive, all-expense-paid trip for two to a 2008 World Series game, courtesy of Chevrolet, the “Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball.” New York Mets All-Star and Major League Baseball 2K8 cover athlete, Jose Reyes, along with legendary Hall of Fame player, Cal Ripken, Jr., are scheduled to be on hand for a special meet-and-greet with fans.
2K Sports, in partnership with GameStop, will also host a special exhibition match on July 14 between New York Mets outfielder, Endy Chavez, and the champion of their recently concluded national in-store Major League Baseball 2K8 home run derby tournament. Over the last three months, players competed at local participating GameStop stores across the country to find the greatest virtual home run hitter, and the champion has earned the exclusive opportunity to compete against a real MLB player for tickets to the MLB All-Star Game. Fans who attend the GameStop event will have the chance to get their pictures taken on a green screen, along with receiving exclusive giveaways items such as MLB All-Star bags, bobble heads, autographed memorabilia and more.
Below are further details of when and where fans can participate in the different 2K Sports events:
2008 DHL All-Star Fan Fest / Chevy 2008 Virtual World Series Championship
What: Fans to play Major League Baseball 2K8 and preview MLB Power Pros 2008, along with conclusion of the Chevy 2008 Virtual World Series Championship with special guests, Jose Reyes and Cal Ripken, Jr., to attend.
Where: Jacob Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street (Cross Street 11th Ave.)
New York, NY 10001
** 1:00 PM, Chevy 2008 Virtual World Series Championship
GameStop Major League Baseball 2K8 All-Star Experience
What: Special exhibition match between New York Mets outfielder, Endy Chavez, and GameStop home run derby champion. Fans attending will have the opportunity to receive exclusive giveaway prizes and participate in other fun activities.
1282 Broadway (33rd St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10001
When: July 14, 2008, 1:00-3:00 PM
As the most complete baseball experience available, Major League Baseball 2K8 revolutionizes player control in the latest installment of the popular franchise with brand-new pitching, fielding and baserunning, as well as a completely overhauled batting interface. To bring fans closer to the action than ever before, current gen versions of Major League Baseball 2K8 also feature authentic Major League and Minor League™ stadiums that have been redesigned for accuracy, complete with the details and specific architecture of each ballpark and city. Other in-game features include a unique trading card system to reward special achievements, robust Minor League system including 90 playable teams, all-new Signature Style™ animations complete with home run celebrations and unique player walk-ups, and much more. Major League Baseball 2K8, published by 2K Sports and rated E for Everyone by the ESRB, is now available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, and Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo.To view trailers, screenshots and more, visit the 2K Sports MLB 2K8 and MLB Power Pros 2008 game pages.