Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s leading video game publishers, announced that its sponsored all-women group of gamers, the Frag Dolls, has partnered with GameTrailers.com to host five weekly online-exclusive episodes about the recruitment of the newest team member. The first episode premieres today, April 18, 2006.
While some young women aspire to become “idols,” and others dream of a life-changing “apprenticeship,” the eight Frag Doll candidates seized their moment of opportunity and were selected by Ubisoft from entrants nationwide for the chance to join the team.
“All eight candidates are incredible representatives of the girl gaming community. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds all over the country, each girl has the potential to bring a fun new energy to the Frag Dolls and a relevant perspective to the movement for women in gaming,” said Morgan Romine, ‘Rhoulette’, community manager at Ubisoft and captain of the Frag Dolls. “Ubisoft’s partnership with GameTrailers.com is giving us the chance to show the world what it takes to be a Frag Doll and see some awesome crazy gamer ladies who are up for the challenge.”
Frag Doll candidates will be conducting one-on-one TV interviews covering topics such as their passion for video games, their favorite gaming moments and why they should be chosen to be the next Frag Doll. To test their abilities under pressure, prospective team members will participate in competitive LAN battles on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. They will play Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and Halo 2 to test their individual video game skills and their ability to work with a as team.
The two-day event, hosted by THX Ltd. and filmed at their headquarters in San Rafael, will also provide a chance for the candidates to get to know the current Frag Doll team members, from whom they must earn respect. Finally, each contestant must face a four-member panel of judges of video game industry experts: Geoff Keighley (Spike TV’s Game Head), Gus Sorola (Red vs Blue), Morgan Romine (Frag Doll team captain) and Michael Beadle (Ubisoft representative) who will ask questions that challenge their gamer knowledge, solicit thoughts on controversial video game topics and uncover why they should be the next Frag Doll. “Honestly, I have never been so excited about anything like this before,” said Frag Doll contestant Kari from Seattle, Wash. “It’s a real thrill to have made it this far and while I hope I’m selected to be a Frag Doll, it’s an incredible opportunity just to meet the other contestants from across the nation and do one thing we all love so much: play games!” GameTrailers.com Frag Doll Recruitment Schedule (Dates subject to change): April 18, 2006 – “Meet the Frag Dolls” April 25, 2006 – “Introducing The Candidates, Part 1” May 2, 2006 – “Introducing The Candidates, Part 2” May 9, 2006 – “New Frag Doll Selection” May 23, 2006 – “E3: The Ultimate First Day of Work’ The Frag Dolls have helped dispel stereotypes about female gamers by not only performing well against, but often beating their male counterparts in team-based multiplayer competitions. This became even more evident when the team dominated the 32-team Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow tournament held at PAX in 2004 and repeated their first place performance at PAX in 2005 in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2.
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