Namco Seeks Pac-Man Champ at E3

The Center for Disease Control may want to quarantine the Los Angeles Convention Center next month because there’s a chance we may see a resurgence of Pac-Man fever at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Namco Networks, a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and content, announced that it is hosting a series of Pac-Man tournaments at the show, which takes place May 10-12.

In a little vintage arcade fun, gamers will compete for prizes and bragging rights in tournaments consisting of two rounds’a qualifying round and a final challenge. During the daily qualifying rounds, contestants will go head-to-head on mobile phones to see who can earn the highest score. Three qualifying rounds will be held each day and are open to all who want to enter. The day’s six highest scorers will then qualify for the daily final challenge.

Those who advance to the final challenge will face a ‘sudden death’ playoff on a classic Pac-Man arcade machine, trying to rack up as many points as they can with just one life. All of the final challenge contestants will receive prizes including a Pac-Man Champion t-shirt. The daily winner will receive a gift basket of Pac-Man toys, shirts, and other products available exclusively from, Namco Networks’ new retail site.

Each day of the E3 expo, contestants can enter the tournament at the Namco Networks booth (#600, South Hall). The qualifying rounds begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. The daily final challenge will be held at 3 p.m.