SINGAPORE, November 17, 2005 - As 300 reporters from every inch of the globe descended upon Singapore for the first day of competition, it was surprises galore at the World Cyber Games (WCG) 2005 Grand Final, with dark horses from the host country qualifying for the knock out stages.
With news crews from the BBC, AFP, CNBC, Channel News Asia and Fox News among others in attendance, the cyber athletes did not disappoint, with Team USA's Matthew Proctor (Garland, TX) easily qualifying for the next round of Warhammer 40K and Singapore's Dead Or Alive: Ultimate player Wilson Chia (Tetra) raising eyebrows by qualifying top of his group undefeated.
Intense competition between players from different cultures and countries
Last year's gold medalist in WarCraft III Manuel Schenkhuizen (4K_Grubby) from the Netherlands was upset by Li Xiaofeng (SKYCN) from China in a hotly contested match. Li emerged as the player to watch for WarCraft III after topping his group undefeated. 4K_Grubby joined him as the other qualifier from Group E.
Apart from the gaming action, spectators were also treated to an array of activities at the Sponsor Pavilion with worldwide sponsor, Samsung, kicking off with an extravagant exhibition, daily spectator prizes and its plans for bridging the physical and digital divide.
To further boost the gaming industry, Razer launched a one million dollar sponsorship fund for professional and amateur gamers. Intel also conducted media tours and shared with show spectators their latest development in PC gaming technology.
The excitement continues tomorrow as gamers book the last remaining tickets to the single elimination round. 2004 WCG gold medalists and CounterStrike hot favorites, Team 3D from the USA begin defence of their title against Team Lions from Pakistan and Team U43 from the United Arab Emirates while their Team 3D cohorts and Halo 2 finalists, the Ogre Twins, start their anticipated run to the final with matches against Team Canada, Team Switzerland and Team Columbia.
Business professionals will also discuss key industry topics by renowned experts in the gaming world including International Game Developer Association (IGDA) Singapore Chapter, Intel and Razer.
Full results for all matches, highlights, pictures and instant replay files of key games are available online at: http://www.worldcybergames.com/pressinfo.
All events at the Grand Final are telecasted through MediaCorp, WCG's official broadcaster. Samsung is a worldwide sponsor of the World Cyber Games. The Grand Final is also made possible through the sponsorship support of premier sponsors Intel and Razer and official sponsors SingTel and Video Pro.
About The World Cyber Games
International Cyber Marketing (www.worldcybergames.com) is the global organizer of the World Cyber Games, the world's largest computer and video game festival, and is the licenser for all World Cyber Games interactive game tournaments to be held in about 67 countries in 2005. This year the winners of each national event series will compete for the world championship title and prizes valued at $435,000. Now in its fifth official year, the World Cyber Games has ushered in a new dimension of e-Sports where game enthusiasts can look forward to some of the most intense and dynamic video game action by the best players on the planet.
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