The mission of the World Team Championship is to make nation vs nation Warhammer 40,000 team-play a globally relevant competition that is recognised as one of the best, if not THE premier team event in the world. We aim to effectively and efficiently administer, develop, showcase and promote competitive Warhammer 40,0000, while creating a positive and respectful environment for our attendees, as an event that can continuously grow to meet the evolving needs of the players and the global WH40K community.
Warhammer 40,000 has been played internationally on a team level since originally appearing at the 2nd ETC (European Team Championship). From humble beginnings with 10 teams playing in Poland, the event has truly grown into a global championship with teams from New Zealand, Argentina and North America competing just to give a few examples. Driven by an intended ethos of “for the players, by the players”, a universal charter has governed all game systems under a chairmen-driven format. 40k has grown over the past 13 years, with 2019 seeing 36 teams competing from five different continents. This format has become unwieldy and now specifically struggles to satisfy the needs of the 40k players.
The international teams playing Warhammer 40,000 have made the decision to leave the ETC and start up the WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (WTC) in its wake, to truly cater to the needs of our 40K community and deliver a qualitative global championship worthy of the name WTC!
As the biggest tabletop game played worldwide, the World Team Championship launches in 2020 with Warhammer 40,000 front and centre. This event by design, from the name upwards is truly a global experience. The World 40k Teams are now in charge of their own destiny and there is an enforceable commitment from all involved that this is truly an event worth travelling around half the globe for.
The World Team Championship’s vision is to position itself as one of the world’s premier tournaments. The quality of the venue, terrain, and overall player experience is not up for negotiation. The fact that the WTC may be hosted by a different country/group of people each year does not mean starting from scratch every single time. Centralised organisation, lead by chosen leaders elected by the World Captains takes advantage of years of experience, whilst creating a growth focused environment to issue global 40k into a new age. An environment attractive to players, sponsors and the global media phenomena that is sweeping our game. There has never been a greater age of technological connection, with 40k streaming, coaching and discussion now an ever popular facet of our game. It is time for Team-play on an international level to embrace this.
Change is inevitable and so the 40k community is now looking ahead to this year’s inaugural 40k World Team Championships – details of which will follow once bids are finalised and all the captains and teams are in agreement.
Warhammer 40,000 is a game about war, not war about a game. See you at the World Team Champion to crown the 2020 World Champions!