MAG CES Event and New Tournament Details

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Not all the talk at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was about 3D. Last Thursday, Zipper Interactive and SCEA hosted a CES MAG event at the Aria Las Vegas. One hundred community members (some from as far away as New York!) and a host of gaming and consumer electronics media joined us to celebrate MAG going gold, but the hospitality didn’t end at the hors d’oeuvres line; the first attendees through the door will receive a free retail copy of MAG later this month.

MAG Community Event @ CES - Zipper developers with the fans

MAG Community Event @ CES - Team Valor! MAG Community Event @ CES

If you weren’t one of the lucky attendees but would still like to see some of the action from last week’s event, head on over to our Flickr page where you can see the highlights.

Right after we announced the gift, MAG Designer Ben Jones talked with me about what Zipper learned in the beta process to make the final launch super smooth on January 26th.

Our CES Community event wasn’t the only big news for Zipper last week. Our MAG open beta was an enormous success too, with players from all over the world helping us put the finishing touches on our game. In fact, more than a million players worldwide (860,000 in North America alone) downloaded the MAG beta between January 4 and 10 to get their Sabotage and Domination on.

But there’s more! U.S. players who still want their fill of MAG goodness before it officially comes out on January 26 can still battle it out with the PMC of their choice by heading on over to and signing up for its MAG Tournament. Not only can you continue to shoot S.V.E.R., Raven and Valor opponents as much as you want between January 14 and 22, but you can win prizes too! So make sure you sign up before the deadline, which is tonight at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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  • I live here in Vegas so the trip was easy and WELL WORTH IT!!!
    The event was awesome to say the least. It was great seeing everyone and even had a moment to speak with Jeff. (After he gave me a hard time about my shirt….LOL)
    But i ended up in a much better shirt (i just wore the other one cause i knew there was food and didn’t mind getting the shirt i originally had on dirty LOL!)
    Thanks again Zipper, Jeff, and PS Blog.

  • The beta was fun and I have the game pre-ordered at Best Buy.

    I just hope you guys can add in some kind of animation when climbing ladders. It looks so fake right now it makes me sick. It literally looks like you are floating up a ladder in this game when climbing them then when you get to the top it just flings you off. It’s stupid as hell looking and it needs to be refined.

    Please take out some time and add just a little bit of more movements in the game to make it a better experience. I’m sure you guys can improve on the stiffness that the game has and give it more of a full fluent motion for the hands on screen reloading the rifle, and the climbing the stairs thing, just is unbearable.

    Please give the game a little more work for petes sakes. It looks incomplete. Even for Socom devs.

  • Isn’t that Truth MVP?

  • I cant download mag of the ps store there are only game trailers anyone knows how come?

  • MAG need’s better ranks and girl avatars.

  • Can you make a character on more than one army or do you have to stay with the army


    S.V.E.R rocks

  • Hows about a MAG 3D patch when the firmware hits ps3 :D

    Sounds great right?

  • I’ve been playing M.A.G. since beta phase 1 up to phase 5 and enjoyed ever hour of it, and M.A.G. will probably be one of my top favorite tactical shooter games that I’ve played (right next to SOCOM games).

  • i want this shirt!!!

  • I WANT THAT S.V.E.R shirt looks freakin awesome… So about that tourny.. im not understanding it?

  • i hope i get in cuz i love this game

  • what, no one representin’ raven?! snipe!

  • contest on ign looks good but i already have that sony set up. would love to have that autographed copy though – that’d be sweet!

  • Have not been this excited for a game in a long time. Are we going to be able to pick up a shirt featuring our PMC logo on it? Would be a pretty sweet marketing option there.

  • those are some nice shirts!

  • How about make Socom, it was a much better game. I think Zipper failed big here. They should of made a next gen socom, instead they made a basic shooter with poor graphics, and less then average gameplay just so they can fit 256 players on a map….lame

    Make a worth Socom, and don’t forget the blood this time, Slant Six finally patched the game, and no one plays it, congratulations….

  • @53

    I think so…

  • every1 who is worrying bout not being able to play it right now its because the beta ended the 10th and the tournament begins the 14th wait 2 days!!!! im sooo dying to play! 2 days till i get to play again!! woot woot! and then 4 days tilll this game hits stores i cannot wait it will be an awesome game!
    one thing. next game you make on the shadow war make it so that there is offline. there will be soo much more sales. keep the online the same but make there be offline story mode too! this game would be well worth the $60 with a story mode but online only id pay $40 or with a mic bundled id pay $60 but yea. make a MAG 2 with offline story and the same online (different levels but yea. like same types of games and everything.) itd be like MW and MW2 but better!

    P.S. S.V.E.R FTW!!!!

  • Send me a S.V.E.R. T-shirt =)

  • 12:37 AM EST and the IGN sign up is already closed? what gives?

    SVER FTW!!

  • I want a Valor Shirt!!! How can I get one?

  • im lovin it :)

  • the beta was so good that i gotta get this game, i stopped playing fps games after golden eye, but ever since playing MAG beta im addicted to this game, i was up all day and night playing this beta and meeting new people online i cant wait till it comes out i have to buy this game!


  • MAG’s nice, but Zipper seriously needs to make another Socom!

  • Where are the RAVEN fans?? Will I be a lone dictator on launch day??

  • @1 you forgot also the people who hasn’t played it yet and say it sucks and people how only played like 20mins and on the the saboteur mode say it sucks to I don’t though been playing it since the first beta phase and I really love it I just wish more people would work together and have headsets


  • damn it I miss the tournament sign up I was very busy yesterday and I couldn’t get on to check the blog hell I was so busy I couldn’t even get on my pc

  • MAG is awesome!!! Can’t wait for the game, Jan 26 can’t get here any faster.

    RAVEN rules!!

  • played the beta. Not impressed.

  • I loved the beta, i have the game reserved and can’t wait..

    i have a few concerns/questions..

    1. I’m not seeing any promotion for MAG. At least not to people that aren’t serious PS3 gamers already. a lot of my coworker/friends with or without ps3’s never heard of this game. and outside of the 256 players, which some dont understand (they assume its one large death match) they assume its a generic FPS, which is not but promotion doesnt seem to drive the point home.

    2. leadership roles. will zipper have their own leaders in place to lead us into battle to sort set a standard to roles and how to utilize those roles better?


  • Beta 5 was really good, I got into it over the week that I had it, I wish it was still running actually. Even though I wish Zipper stuck with Socom maybe this will turn out a success. I wish MAG was a bit more polished in some areas like the menus and there being a damn grenade throw animation when you release R1 not when you click it so you can hold it back.

  • Zipper thanks for making this awesome game. You guys are truly the best video game designers out there!! Cheers for Zipper Interactive!!! =D

  • Not that I don’t prefer a hard copy of the game and all, but if the game file was too big to offer as a dl than there better be vast improvements over the beta. The beta was only between 2-3gb and it’s only missing 2 game modes.

  • Will the socom die-hards give it rest already. Get over it.

  • zipper,for the love of god make socom 4 yes socom 4- iknow alot of players that would love to buy socom 4.i must say slant six well ill be nice confrontation sucks. sorry so many players hate the game.we need zipper back and yes ill still buy mag love the game good job.i have played socom from the start there more players that would like the real socom back. but (mag) is a very good game as well your killing (MW2) i talk to a lot of players thats the talk mag mag mag good job but socom 4 is next must have one more then end it. i have a big clan all need it back one more time. from sig762 thank you.

  • Can not wait for MAG been playing since gamestop beta and lovin every second of it i bought the official sony headset and a new red controller just 4 it

    P.S Valor ftw

  • im in the Tournament YES!!!!!! i do love this game pre-ordered it, comes out day a before my b-day, perfect!


  • darn made a new guy at the create screen went and joined a queue and got booted from server now only an empty box at start screen? …. can u tell me when it starts so i can stop dieing inside

  • I pre ordered my game and entered into the tournament.. When and what time btw??? My question is I would love to see female character soldiers involved in this I ve always liked the diversity in games that used both genders… besides its not bad to see curves in a military outfit its good for the game…and us guys who like eye candy…lol

  • loved the betas! cant wait for the final game. awesome shirts, got SVER off ebay. this game kick MW2’s butt!

  • MAG? Soounds like Clan PWNZRD! 2 Meh! BTW Has Any Trophys? Confirmed 4 this one? plz comment/reply back!

  • I just finished playing in the tounament, and just to let you know, SVER found a way to get in our spawn tents, and knife us as we spawned. It’s very clear a guy from SVER is gonna get a new F’n TV!!! I hope this is fixed when the game is out. Not only you create a bunch of fortresses on the SVER maps but now they have a glitch to spawn camp. Any thoughts on this? Please, enlighten me with your developer wisdom!

  • i cant wait for it. i am going to choose valor

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