Game on for WCG finals

700 of the globe's best gamers meet for competition in Singapore. Total purse tops $435,000.

The 2005 edition of the World Cyber Games has officially kicked off and will continue over the next four days in Singapore. The tournament collects the best gamers in the world, through a series of regional qualifiers, and brings them all together to decide the best in several games.

The number of cyberathletes reached nearly 700 participants this year, with representatives from 67 countries vying for crowns. The total value of prizes and cash rewards this year tops $435,000, the largest purse since the WCG began in 2001.

San Francisco played host to the 2004 WCG finals, where the Netherlands beat out Korea for top honors by taking home gold medals in the Project Gotham Racing 2, FIFA Soccer 2004, and StarCraft: Brood War competitions. Next year, Monza, Italy, will host the finals.

Among the games features in this year's competition are Counter-Strike: Source, Halo 2, and Dead or Alive Ultimate. For more information on the competition, check out the official WCG Web site, where subscribers can watch a video stream of the event's highlights.

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16 comments
Wulfei
Wulfei

I dont' think these type of events are as popular in the U.S. as it is in Asia or Europe. I volunteered at the WCG 2004, and I was kind of disappointed at how many people showed up. The auditorium was full outside, but not many people bothered to watch the actual event.

WCSpecTre
WCSpecTre

Ok go to mlgpro.com if you want events like this in America. There getting bigger by the year hit the site and check em out.

curlymccluskey
curlymccluskey

4oo grand ,i could really do with. but i would probably get beaten so bad it would be on the news.and then i wouldn't be able to show my face in public again .

brightboy
brightboy

Yeah they need some gaming events that only be held in the usa

brightboy
brightboy

Yeah they need some gaming events that only be held in the usa

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

where are all the gaming events like this for the US????

banankurd
banankurd

yeah but if the best of best where there they would kick all the 700 "pros" asses ;)

veratronator
veratronator

is fatality in the contest if so he will win in almost anything.

ewjim
ewjim

Those three games not to good for me :D ,,700 of the globe's best gamers meet for competition in Singapore'' - i can't be there, so it's not WHOLE best gamers! 8)

townsenda1
townsenda1

So is this like the olympics of gaming or what. That's great. I would love to have a shot at that. Even if you don't win just being there would be an honor.

haolian12
haolian12

Woohoo... so many pros in my country :D I was lucky enough to get in to see some gaming action... you won't imagine how packed the arena is...

GyRo567
GyRo567

CS:S ousting 1.6...? o_O What is the world coming to when we trade precision (read: that thing that means the pros have skill, not just luck) for graphics?

alien102
alien102

The people who make it that far most be so amzing. They would probally kill me in all three games.

Lmon
Lmon

Dude! 400k! I so want to be in that contest. I probably coud never win it, though.