NEW YORK - May 4, 2007 - The World Series of Video Games (WSVG), Presented by Intel, the world circuit of video game tournaments, announced today the winners of the season's first event of the year at Wuhan, China. $50,000 in cash prizes were distributed to the event champions. The top four winners in the "World of Warcraft" competition received travel support bonuses in addition to their cash prizes so that they may follow the tournament along to its next stop in Louisville, KY, from June 21-24.
Over the course of the fast-paced four-day competition, all-star teams and players from all over the world were mobbed by throngs of local Chinese fans seeking photos and autographs. The Wuhan event, the first of six events planned for the WSVG's second season this year, occurred during China's "Golden Week" holiday and was one of the official welcome events for the Sixth Intercity Games of the People's Republic of China, the last major sporting event in China leading up to the 2008 Chinese Olympic Games.
"We were amazed to see such a turnout to watch a video game competition-there were 2,000 people in line outside who we could not let in," said Matthew Ringel, president of the World Series of Video Games. "Last year's event in China was the biggest stop on the 2006 tour with 17,000, and this year's attendance of 80,000 is an incredibly promising beginning for our second season. Next year, we may have to find a stadium!"
Ultimately the top four competitors in "Counter-Strike 1.6" and "Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne" were awarded cash prizes, along with the top seven competitors in the "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade" competition.
Counter-Strike 1.6 Winners
1st. wNv.cn - $10,000
2nd. Fnatic - $7,000
3rd. TR - $2,000
4th. TR|united5 - $1,000
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
1st. Jang "Moon" JaeHo - $5,000
2nd. Xiaofeng "Sky" Li- $2,500
3rd. Jung-Ki "Susiria" Oh - $1,000
4th. Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen - $1,000
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
1st. Pandemic - $9,000 ($3,000 travel)
2nd. Fnatic - $4,500 ($3,000 travel)
3rd. MoB TurtlePower - $3,000 ($3,000 travel)
4th. Part of Shadow - $2,400 ($3,000 travel)
5th. Obsidian - $500
6th. Warden - $500
7th. Extra Order - $500
8th. * Not awarded due to a disqualification
Highlights and video clips from the WSVG China event can be viewed at www.thewsvg.com, with additional articles and coverage available at http://www.ampedesports.com/coverage/wsvg/
World Series Schedule of Events:
April 30 - May 3 Wuhan, China
June 21 - 24 Louisville, Kentucky
July 5 - 8 Dallas, Texas
Aug. 23 - 26 Orlando, Florida
October TBA Major European city
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Jönköping, Sweden
About The World Series of Video Games
The World Series of Video Games is the world's premier video game tournament circuit, which recently began its second season. In 2006, the World Series of Video Games attracted more than 90,000 attendees, produced 250 hours of broadband video, and 20 hours of programming on CBS, MTV, CSTV and GamePlay HD. Registration for all events, a full list of rules and all prizing for circuit events is available on the WSVG website at www.thewsvg.com.
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