QuakeCon plans Doom 3 tourney

Gamers won't have much time to practice for the center circle tournament at this year's convention, which is offering $150,000 in cash and prizes.

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QuakeCon 2004 will be hosting what will be perhaps the most level playing field for a gaming tournament ever. Organizers of the ninth annual Quake tournament, held in Grapevine, Texas, announced today that they will be conducting the first-ever Doom 3 tournament at this year's event.

Doom 3 is still without an official release date, which means that all 128 players in the tournament at the August 12-15 event may be laying their hands on the game for the very first time. Even if id's new PC shooter makes it to the recently hinted-at release date of August 3, that still doesn't leave much time to practice. Registration for the Doom 3 tournament will take place at QuakeCon on August 12.

Outside of that bright spotlight, QuakCon will be continuing as normal, with Quake III one-on-one and capture-the-flag tournaments running during the event. Registration for both the 256-persion one-on-one tournament and the 32-team capture-the-flag tournament begins at 8:00PM Central time on July 11.

Nvidia is posting big bucks for this year's convention, offering a combined $150,000 in cash and prizes for the three tournaments. The Doom 3 tournament will carry special prizes, but they are being kept secret until the convention this August. The organizers of QuakeCon would only offer up that they are "fast." Individuals and teams can register and find more information at the event's Web site.

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