SEOUL, June 7, 2007 - The World Cyber Games Committee (WCGC) today announced its host city bidding plan for the World Cyber Games (WCG) 2009 Grand Final. All applications must be received by July 15th in order to be considered as proper candidate. All applying cities will go through a vigorous evaluation process, where factors such as location, financing, government support, facilities, promotion and city infrastructure will be reviewed. The announcement of 2009 host city is scheduled for March, 2008.
WCG first introduced a host city concept in 2002 when Daejeon, a major city in Korea, held the Grand Final with tremendous success. Following Daejeon, a number of great destinations around the world played host to the premiere event in e-Sports, including: San Francisco, USA (2004), Singapore (2005) and Monza, Italy (2006). This year, the competition returns to the United States as Seattle plays host to the Grand Final, while the event will take place in Cologne, Germany in 2008.
"The World Cyber Games has quickly established a great reputation for contributing to the development of the economies and IT infrastructures of host cities," said Mr. Hyoung-Seok Kim, CEO of International Cyber Marketing, the global organizer of the World Cyber Games. "Coupled with the growing popularity of e-Sport competition around the world, we believe that selecting the Host City for 2009 will be the most competitive Host City Bid in WCG history."
With over one million participants from more than 70 countries, the World Cyber Games is the gaming world's premier tournament. Featuring online and offline events throughout the world, the year-long series attracted more than 1.3 million competitors world-wide in 2006. The WCG Grand Final in Monza, Italy broke new ground as more than 24 million people tuned in to watch the competition unfold in real-time, marking the first-ever global, live satellite broadcast for an e-Sports event. This year's WCG 2007 Grand Final will be held in Seattle, Washington. For more information about the WCG or to find out how to register to play in the WCG USA tournament, visit: www.worldcybergames.com/usa
ABOUT THE WORLD CYBER GAMES
The World Cyber Games ( www.worldcybergames.com) is the premier blue chip global video game tournament and culture festival. Founded in 2000 to promote global harmony through e-Sports, the WCG has grown steadily ever since. Behind the slogan "Beyond the Game" and with contestants from more than 70 countries expected to participate in this year's event, the World Cyber Games has developed into a true global phenomenon with arguably the largest prize amount at stake. The World Cyber Games prides itself on leading the "Digital Entertainment Culture."
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