A little Independence Day-themed news … GGL Global Gaming, a social network and online gaming platform, has teamed up with Pro Vs GI Joe to launch Military Online Gaming (MOG), an online gaming network that gives U.S. military troops overseas a central hub where they can chat, play games together and even compete in sponsored tournaments. Starting today, soldiers can sign up to compete in a Call of Duty: World at War tournament; publisher Activision (NSDQ: ATVI) is a sponsor, offering prizes like free games, consoles and even all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to the winners.
Founded in June 2007, Pro Vs GI Joe hosts live gaming tournaments in venues like NFL stadiums; the events pit U.S. servicemen and women against celebrity guests and athletes in various video games. Founder Greg Zinone said he chose to expand the scope with GGL because of the gaming company’s technology: GGL’s platform pulls in game-play stats from across consoles, on PCs, and even mobile, bundling in content like game-industry news and reviews, as well as social networking tools. Soldiers stationed on USOs (United Service Organizations — geared toward troop recreation and fun) will be able to compete in the tournaments or just play together online on their own, private network.