Eh. Meh. Solitaire? Eh. Microsoft’s games bundled with Windows have been the platform’s most popular to date. In fact, there may be just as many Solitaire and Minesweeper players as there are League of Legends players in the world. Microsoft has dominated the desktop market for the last 15 years and for the past 25 years of Windows there has always been some form of Solitaire available for the platform. Well, they think its time to celebrate the game’s quarter-century birthday with an official Solitaire tournament.
If you must ask about the humble beginnings of this piece of software, Solitaire began as a game bundled with Windows 3.0, the first of the company’s operating systems to include a graphical interface. Over time its been included into every edition of Windows up to Windows 7, with Windows 8 and onwards carrying it as a free game in the Store.
The tournament will begin with a in-house tournament inside the Microsoft campus. Their tournament will determine who the winners are to begin at the top of the leaderboards and when the competition opens up to the public, you’ll have to work your way up the ladder to challenge the Microsoft employees at the top. There will be challenges for people skilled in Klondike, FreeCell, Spider and regular Solitaire.
Will there be prizes? Maybe. If you’re a Solitair fan and you desperately want this offline single-player experience to turn into a multiplayer one, keep your eyes peeled on the Windows store for details of when the competition will begin and what there is to win. Maybe there’s an Xbox One in there, or something like that.