Electronic Arts and Virgin Gaming have announced a contest to give away $1.6 million.

The contest is to celebrate the release of Battlefield 3 on October 28th in the UK and October 25th in the US.

Players from around the world will compete online in Battlefield 3 for a chance to win a share of the $1.6 million prize pool. The online tournament begins in early 2012 and will culminate with a live grand finale.

Details of the tournament can be found on www.BattlefieldMillions.com

"We're always looking to raise the bar for our members, to give them truly epic gaming experiences they won't find anywhere else and Battlefield 3 hits the mark," said Zachary Zeldin, Co-Founder of Virgin Gaming. "This partnership with EA and DICE is exactly the kind of relationship it takes to deliver on that goal, and we can't be more excited to be working with them to host the greatest competitive gaming event I've ever seen."

"The Battlefield series has always been a very social experience with its best-in-class multiplayer gameplay and we're honored to have such passionate and loyal fans," said Karl Magnus Troedsson, General Manager, DICE. "We want to give them the best Battlefield experience we've ever created with Battlefield 3. The Worldwide Conquest Tournament with Virgin Gaming is a great way to celebrate the gameplay and reward our fans."