Samsung again sponsors WCG

Electronics company lends support to US portion of the games for the fifth time; will also sponsor worldwide round of tournaments.

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Electronics-maker Samsung has signed up for another year as a sponsor of the World Cyber Games, which has hosted a worldwide game tournament each year since 2001. International Cyber Maketing Inc., the Korea-based company that organizes the games, expects about 700 players to attend the championship in Italy, and it will dole out about $76,000 in prizes.

Samsung has sponsored the games since their inception in 2001. The company even "donated" the former head of its Audio/Video Business Marketing Group last month to the World Cyber Games, when Hyoung-Seok Kim became International Cyber Marketing's new CEO.

The preliminary US games began in Hollywood and will wrap up in New York on August 13. This year's final US venue for the World Cyber Games has yet to be announced, but the worldwide final match will take place in October in Monza, Italy.

This year's tournaments feature two Xbox 360 games, Dead or Alive 4 and Project Gotham Racing 3, and six on the PC--Counter-Strike, FIFA 06, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault.

Discussion

28 comments
Petrol123
Petrol123

The WCG is great but they need to make it a bit more mainstream here in the States. In other parts of the world (namely Asia and Europe), the sponsorship of interactive gaming is enormous. With a "professional" gamer seen as somehing a person can really do, they have the support of the nation, with TV programming geared for certain games (go to Korea and you can watch Starcraft and Warcraft matches on TV with real time announcers). With the advent of cable programming such as G4TV and such, it is the next step up.

goofyz
goofyz

good to see samsung supporting the wcg once again, banzai!!!1

rynmls
rynmls

whoa!!! starcarft brood war, i can join this contest...

lvlUNE3B
lvlUNE3B

Finally Some Action and good to see StarCraft.

CCDANMAN
CCDANMAN

Awesome list of games. I love Winter Assault, Starcraft, and Fifa 06. Good for Samsung.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Good to see Samsung continuing to keep their interest in World Cyber Games.

traviswitmer
traviswitmer

thats really cool to hear...they make some dope tv's too

SHYSTER71
SHYSTER71

It's GREAT to see a few older games in the list, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault. but I'm sry but I could give a #%$& less about Counter-Strike 1.6 or Source, & as far as FIFA 06 & Need for Speed: Most Wanted I haven't tryed them.

samekila
samekila

nice list of games could be better but good choice I like every one of them except FIFA 06 never really like sports games

Patrick_C
Patrick_C

Yo, Chubbums, it's the original Counter-Strike (1.6), not Source.

matsonpp
matsonpp

Haven't heard about SC:BW in a while, man that's old school...

OmegaHunter9
OmegaHunter9

GRAW should've been up there..... However it is nice to see that some people take videogames seriously.

CraigBezzle
CraigBezzle

Bad selection of games...FIFA? DoA4? Borefest.

Reetesh
Reetesh

There is no UT again:| I wish WCG had that game.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

*Yawn* Really? wow *ZZZZZ ZZZZZZ ZZZZZ*

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Wow Monza, Italy for the finals. I could go for that.

Chubbums
Chubbums

Which Counter-Strike? Old School or Source? It's good to see some great RTS up there.

amplizine
amplizine

I like their choice in games. I just wish I didn't live so far away from any competition ever held.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Samsung is a good company hope the World Cyber Games brings more people to look at there brands.I think thats cool getting payed to play video games.Nice some of cash with $76,000 in prizes.