4 May 2005, Singapore - The global organiser of the World Cyber Games 2005, International Cyber Marketing, Inc. (ICM) has appointed MediaCorp TV Singapore to be the host broadcaster of the event to be held in November this year. Held annually since the year 2000, the World Cyber Games is the world's largest "Cyber Game Festival" where the best gamers around the world gather to pit their skills against one another in the exhilarating virtual world of computer and video game tournaments. Singaporeans can experience the excitement of the games through daily one-hour broadcasts on MediaCorp TV Channel U and TV Mobile.
Cyber gaming has been growing in popularity around the world. Since WCG Challenge started in year 2000, WCG has broken the language barrier between cultures and made cyber games almost like a "second common language" for the world after sports. Participants of the WCG Grand Finals have increased from 389 in 2001 to an expected 800 players from 70 countries this year.
Said Mr Hank Jeong, CEO of ICM: "We are very excited that MediaCorp TV, one of the major media outlets in Singapore, is the official host broadcaster of WCG 2005 Grand Final. As the world's largest computer and video game festival, WCG has put in various efforts to promote the game as one where it is as fun for spectators to watch as it is for the gamers to play. The partnership with MediaCorp TV will enable us to provide the best WCG contents to the general public, as well as to gaming fans too."
Madam Chua Foo Yong, CEO of MediaCorp TV said: "It is an honour for MediaCorp TV to be the platform that brings international events of such scale to Singaporeans. We are grateful for the vision and support of the Media Development Authority without which this will not have been possible."
Issued by Network Programming & Promotions (Chinese Broadcast)
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Channel Branding & Promotions
MediaCorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd
DID: (65) 6357 5659
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International Cyber Marketing Inc
Tel: (82-2) 2106 6550
Fax: (82-2) 2106 6599
About the World Cyber Games (WCG)
The World Cyber Games (Co-Chairmen Chung, Dong-chea & Yun, Jong-yong, www.worldcybergames.com) is a global game cultural festival that was founded in 2000 to promote global harmony through cyber games. The event started in 2000, and has been running annually ever since (this will be the fifth year). With the slogan "Beyond the Game," the World Cyber Games has truly developed into a global game phenomenon with arguably the largest prize amount at stake. The World Cyber Games prides itself on leading the "Digital Entertainment Culture." The 2005 Games in Singapore will be held at Suntec Singapore from November 16 to November 20.
About MediaCorp TV
MediaCorp TV operates two flagship channels: Channel 5, and Channel 8, a 24-hour Chinese entertainment channel. Both channels are the most-watched English and Chinese TV stations in Singapore respectively. It also owns Channel U, a Chinese news and entertainment channel for young adults and working professionals, and TVMobile, Singapore's first outdoor digital television channel.
MediaCorp TV and MediaCorp Studios make up MediaCorp TV Holdings which was formed in September 2004 when MediaCorp and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) merged their mass television channels. It is 80% owned by MediaCorp and 20% owned by SPH.
MediaCorp TV Holdings is part of the MediaCorp Group of companies. Besides MediaCorp TV Holdings, the Group's television arm comprises MediaCorp TV12, which runs the Suria and Central channels, as well as MediaCorp News, which runs Channel NewsAsia. MediaCorp is the largest broadcaster in Singapore with a complete range of media businesses spanning TV, Radio, Entertainment Productions, Movie Productions, Newspapers, Magazines, Electronic Media and other broadcasting services.