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‘DRAGON BALL’ MULTI-TITLE EVENT SET FOR MARCH

Fans of the classic anime and manga series Dragon Ball should crank their excitement up to over nine thousand.

Bandai Namco is set to host the inaugural Dragon Ball Games Battle Hour, an online global broadcast event hosted in conjunction with Shueisha Inc and Toei Animation Co.. The event is scheduled to take place on March 6.

The Battle Hour event features three games inspired by the Dragon Ball franchise with each title hosting a uniquely formatted tournament with global competitors. The event marks the first time multiple games will be featured in a single Dragon Ball event.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, a 3D fighting game released in 2018, will bring in four top players from five different regions including Japan, France, Spain, and both coasts of the U.S.. Dragon Ball Super Card Game, a 2017 strategic card game, will host champions from each region of the 2019 Championship tournament to compete for victory, while Dragon Ball Legends, the mobile game released in 2019, brings pro players back from the 2018 tournament for a second chance at victory.

The Battle Hour event will also offer a unique experience for its audience with an interactive online program called the Online Arena lobby which will allow viewers to interact with other fans as though the event was in-person. The lobby allows users to create a unique avatar and will provide emote functions. The lobby will be featured in tandem with the game battles taking place.

Bandai Namco teased other programs will be part of the event as well, noting additional products and merchandise will be available. The event will also feature a mosaic art campaign, in which fans can post photos their best Dragon Ball game memories using the #DBGameMoment hashtag. The submission period is open through Feb. 8. Select photos will be included in a final mosaic art piece at the Dragon Ball Battle Hour event.

Photo courtesy of Bandai Namco

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