Office workers, unite: Microsoft is celebrating 25 years of Solitaire on Windows with a global competition.
On Monday, Redmond kicked off an in-house match to determine an employee leaderboards. In early June, the same challenges used in the internal tournament will be released publicly, allowing people around the world to participate.
“It was 25 years ago that Microsoft Solitaire debuted on Windows, and to honor the decades of fun it’s given us all, we’re celebrating with two big competitions,” the Windows Team wrote in a blog post.
Players can choose from five popular versions of Solitaire, including classic Klondike, as well as FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid. Microsoft did not reveal a strict timeline for the tournament, or what prize, if any, the winner will receive.
“[Y]ou’ll be challenged to bring your best to defeat our best,” the blog said. “Are you up to the challenge? Get your Solitaire game on today.”
Start practicing with the Microsoft Solitaire Collection for Windows and Windows Phone, available now for free download.
The news comes shortly after Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 will include a built-in version of Solitaire, not to mention Minesweeper, Hearts, and newer favorites like Candy Crush Saga.
If the popular card game can’t cure your nostalgia for video games, you can always visit the Internet Archive, which last winter released 900 classic arcade games to play in your browser.
Solitaire, surprisingly, did not make the cut for the 2015 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists. A short list of 15 titles instead includes Angry Birds, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pong, The Sims, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.