|The competition was fierce and lasted over 12 hours with Kavitha Yalavarthi of Odessa, TX emerging as the first-ever champion of the WorldWide Web Games.|
Yalavarthi outlasted 70 of the world's top casual gamers, in the event organised by FUN Technologies, and walked away as the winner of the million-dollar grand prize.
The head-to-head event took place in Hollywood with the title of 'World's Best Casual Gamer 2006' up for grabs. The competition consisted of six rounds of strategic game play in three of the most popular casual games, Bejeweled 2, Solitaire and Zuma.
Yalavarthi, an aspiring law student and honours graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, won by the narrowest of margins, defeating Amy Demerath of Green Bay, Wis. She plans to use her winnings to purchase her first home with her new fiancé, who accompanied her to the competition.
Each participant in the W3Games qualified by playing online tournaments at FUN Technologies' casual games sites, WorldWinner and SkillJam, or at any of FUN's partner sites including GSN.com, MSN Games and Real Networks.
Lorne Abony, CEO, FUN Technologies, said, 'For the first time, online casual gamers faced off in a live event that culminated with the largest prize ever awarded in a skill games championship.'