Game on for WCG finals

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

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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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