Electronics company lends support to US portion of the games for the fifth time; will also sponsor worldwide round of tournaments.
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 $76,000 in prizes.
Samsung has sponsored the games since their inception in 2001. The company even "donated" the former head of its Audio/Video Business Marketing Group last month to the World Cyber Games, when Hyoung-Seok Kim became International Cyber Marketing's new CEO.
The preliminary US games began in Hollywood and will wrap up in New York on August 13. This year's final US venue for the World Cyber Games has yet to be announced, but the worldwide final match will take place in October in Monza, Italy.
This year's tournaments feature two Xbox 360 games, Dead or Alive 4 and Project Gotham Racing 3, and six on the PC--Counter-Strike, FIFA 06, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault.
The WCG is great but they need to make it a bit more mainstream here in the States. In other parts of the world (namely Asia and Europe), the sponsorship of interactive gaming is enormous. With a "professional" gamer seen as somehing a person can really do, they have the support of the nation, with TV programming geared for certain games (go to Korea and you can watch Starcraft and Warcraft matches on TV with real time announcers). With the advent of cable programming such as G4TV and such, it is the next step up.
It's GREAT to see a few older games in the list, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Winter Assault. but I'm sry but I could give a #%$& less about Counter-Strike 1.6 or Source, & as far as FIFA 06 & Need for Speed: Most Wanted I haven't tryed them.
nice list of games could be better but good choice I like every one of them except FIFA 06 never really like sports games
GRAW should've been up there..... However it is nice to see that some people take videogames seriously.
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.
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