The real World Cup is in full swing right now, but if you prefer “free” to “footy,” we’ve got a competition that might be right up your alley!

MMOBomb is proud to play host to the Free-to-Play World Cup, which we achieved exclusive hosting rights due to our bid of five cents and 50,000 Points’ worth of real-money currency. Our tournament will work just like the real thing, with 32 F2P games squaring off in four-game polls — a.k.a. “Group Stages,” over the next few weeks, with the top two teams in each advancing to the one-on-one “Knockout Stage” of 16 teams.

Our selection committee spent several long days and nights and consumed a lot of coffee — by which I mean, I came up with it last night and discussed it with the other MMOBomb staffers today while having some coffee — to come up with our field of 32 games. The top eight games, as determined by their number of Twitter followers, will each be put in their own group, with the other three games in each group determined randomly.

In the Knockout Stage, games will be separated into two groups of eight: the ones that won their groups and the runners-up. The game that won its group with the highest percentage of votes will be matched up against the runner up that had the lowest percentage of votes, the #2 winner will be matched up against the #2 lowest runner-up, and so on. Exceptions will be made if two games from the same group would be matched up against each other. The exact bracket will be set up so that A’s winner would face B’s in the second round, C vs. D, E vs. F, and G vs. H. The semifinal round will be AB vs. CD and EF vs. GH.

The tournament will take four weeks, with new polls going up every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Bookmark this article and make sure to follow @MMOBomb on Twitter to keep up with the results and cast your votes!

Group A
Voting Closed! View Results

Fortnite – 35%
MapleStory – 15%
Secret World Legends – 17%
Star Trek Online – 33%

Group B
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Dauntless  – 20%
DC Universe Online – 7%
League of Legends – 27%
Path of Exile – 46%

Group C
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Gwent – 22%
PlanetSide 2 – 29%
Runescape – 24%
Smite – 25%

Group D
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Paladins – 34%
Star Wars: The Old Republic – 51%
Team Fortress 2 – 9%
War Thunder – 6%

Group E
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Guild Wars 2 – 30%
Neverwinter – 9%
The Lord of the Rings Online – 6%
Warframe – 55%

Group F
Voting Closed! View Results!

Battlerite – 26%
H1Z1 – 26%
Hearthstone – 30%
Trove – 18%

Group G
Voting Closed! View Results!

Blade & Soul – 38%
Brawlhalla – 16%
Heroes of the Storm – 31%
World of Tanks – 15%

Group H
Voting Closed! View Results!

Dota 2 – 24%
Rift – 43%
TERA – 31%
World of Warships – 2%

Round of 16

Rift – 66%
League of Legends – 34%
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Blade & Soul – 39%
TERA – 61%
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Hearthstone – 73%
Star Trek Online – 27%
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Warframe – 87%
SMITE – 13%
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Star Wars: The Old Republic – 58%
Battlerite – 42%
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Planetside 2 – 60%
Paladins – 40%
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Path of Exile -54%
Guild Wars 2 – 46%
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Fortnite – 46%
Heroes of the Storm – 54%
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Round of 8
Voting commences July 16

Warframe – 83%
Hearthstone – 17%
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Planetside 2 – 42%
Star Wars: The Old Republic – 58%
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TERA – 73%
Rift – 27%
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Heroes of the Storm – 28%
Path of Exile – 72%
View Results!

Semifinals

Path of Exile – 46%
Star Wars: The Old Republic – 54%
View Results!

TERA – 17%
Warframe – 83%
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Finals

Warframe
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Vote Now!

TBA

Polls will open around 3:00 p.m. Eastern and remain open for two days, except for the finals, which will run all weekend long, until 3:00 p.m. on July 23.

Enjoy the tournament and spread the word to help your game come out on top!

the author

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Mogar on July 22, 2018

    SWTOR f2p is basically just playing a demo. I mean yes a demo you can technically go to the end but still. To call this a f2p is a stretch imo

  2. Bruce on July 22, 2018

    Warframe without a doubt

  3. TreadHead on July 21, 2018

    How the heck did SWTOR beat POE?

  4. Peasant on July 21, 2018

    Are the votes rigged or what? How is SWTOR in the finals? It has the most restrictive free to play system in place!

  5. Eban907 on July 19, 2018

    Anyone voting for SWTOR’S f2p model is a liar, it’s horrific.

  6. Tijei on July 15, 2018

    GW2 and PoE is like the final lol

  7. Alberto on July 12, 2018

    How do you gonna decide the second place in this group?

    Group F
    Voting Closed! View Results!

    Battlerite – 26%
    H1Z1 – 26%
    Hearthstone – 30%
    Trove – 18%

    • Magicman on July 13, 2018

      Staff gets to cast their votes for the tiebreak. This went to Battlerite.

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