LGF: Game tourney closes festival

First London Games Festival draws to a close with epic gaming competition.

An audience of 12,000 gathered to watch the final stretch of a three-day game tournament that closed the London Games Festival this weekend.

The World Series of Video Games (WSVG) UK Gaming Championship was held at the Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus and featured 200 professional gamers from around the world battling it out for bragging rights and cash prizes.

Contestants played Counter-Strike 1.6, Warcraft III, and Quake 4, all on the PC. Well-known professional gamers including Fatal1ty, Stermy, Toxic, Team Fnatic, and homegrown UK entrants 4 Kings were in attendance.

The Counter-Strike winners were Pentagram G-Shock in first place and Hoorai in second. Johan "Toxic" Quick won the Quake 4 tournament, with Alessandro "Stermy" Avallone coming in second. Manuel "4k^Grubby" Shenkhuizen was the Warcraft III champion, and Michael "mouz. Glacomo" Hladik grabbed runner-up.

The first and second place winners for each game will be invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals later in the year, when the overall winners will be crowned.

Although the action at the UK event was confined to PCs, the WSVG is a multiple-platform video game competition circuit and has previously held competitions for console offerings like Halo 2 and Project Gotham Racing 3. The group is aiming to "develop a set of unified rules and regulations, and to elevate competitive gaming as a sport and a profession."

Other highlights of the event included an appearance by Steve-O from Jackass, a Miss World of Video Games contest, and a working three-metre-high joystick.

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Discussion

33 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

there wasn't that much coverage from gamespot :(

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

What happened with Fatal1ty? I thought he was the best at Quake. Anyway, nice way to close a festival.

piecake
piecake

yay london and xbox!

9w43
9w43

i went to LGF it was fun teams were playing against each other for 3 days and they had media coverage there

KamaKase
KamaKase

I'm surprised there wasn't a DEFCON tournament.....

macacd
macacd

bet the coverage wasn't as good as GS's Tournament TV!!

Aametherar
Aametherar

"thebuft what happened to console gamers? " They got owned.

Hikiera
Hikiera

Wow. I guess I should join in next time.

Pacemen2
Pacemen2

how i wish i could be a pro gamer . . . be able to say goodbye to the cruel normality . . . shucks . . . back to playin halo 2

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

The1stFishBone-gamespot dropped the ball not showing the final rounds of the competition ----------------------------------What do you think GameSpot can just go and film everything they want and put it on the site?

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

gamespot dropped the ball not showing the final rounds of the competition

Emiroo
Emiroo

Awww. Fatal1ty lost. I'm so sad. He always comes across as a real jerk in everything I've ever seen him in.

handag
handag

You could also Try and Get Reporters on the Lan Party Norway has Every Year. They Use a Hangar to Host it, so the number of Gamers is about 6000 People. and its From all over Europe. Atleast our TV Network are Hosting it but Only in Smal Portions.

rugripper40
rugripper40

hey gamespot, to bad you didnt cover this live...sounds like a fun couple of says...cheers

Master_Gabranth
Master_Gabranth

i think the whole competition thing is a little excessive

Charlie2688
Charlie2688

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WolfSkill5544
WolfSkill5544

Miss World of Video Games? GAMESPOT!!!!!!!!! Where are the pics. of the contest.???? They should have a 3rd strike tournament too.

blinky116
blinky116

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ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

Lol... I really don't think anyone cares on who won. I just want to play some damn games.

7HR1LL3R
7HR1LL3R

I went to the stop in Louisville, KY at the beginning of the competition and I was disappointed to see the crowd I did. It would have been a much better experience if there were 12,000...hopefully next year more people will be aware of it.

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

Loved it!! Definitely going back next year!!

thebuft
thebuft

what happened to console gamers?