Thanks to a partnership between Ubisoft and the Electronic Sports World Cup, Just Dance will be joining the competition as the first-ever casual title in the game lineup.

Just Dance Joins the eSports Community

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

As part of the worldwide competition, Just Dance qualifying rounds will take place between June 24 and September 21 online and at gaming events all over the world. Once the qualifying rounds are complete, the top 20 players will head off to Paris Games Week to compete in the finals from October 30 to November 1. From there, they will be judged by a jury as well as an online voting system. Rewards will be announced soon.

Just Dance Joins the eSports Community

There are three ways to qualify for the Just Dance World Cup.

    1. World Dance Floor – Hop on the World Dance Floor, where you’ll be able to compete against other players from around the globe. Qualifying sessions are scheduled for July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 31, September 7, September 14 and September 21, so mark your calendars.

    2. Just Dance TV – Submit your best moves through the in-game Autodance feature.

    3. ESWC Qualifier Events and Ubisoft Events – Compete in-person at specific events, which will be detailed at a later date.

“As soon as you put Just Dance on a stage, the crowd starts dancing spontaneously,” said Jean-Baptiste Pennes, Senior eSport Manager at Ubisoft. “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.”

Just Dance Joins the eSports Community

For more on Just Dance, check out these posts:

Just Dance 2015 – Make It Goofy, Make It Yours

Just Dance 2015 Announced

Just Dance Now Announced

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Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

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  1. Long Tran on June 26, 2014
    I'm so glad that dancing is on its way to be recognized as an eSport! I've been passionate about dancing for a very long time. Surprised it didn't happen sooner, but I'm very hopeful for the future! :D

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