|The World Cyber Games 2003 (WCG 2003), the largest cyber gaming tournament in the world, is back – bigger and better. This year, some of Singapore’s best known brand names such as Samsung, Intel, Microsoft, SingTel, Creative Technologies, DSTA, ST Engineering, National Youth Council and SPH MediaWorks have teamed up with operating partner SAFRA National Service Association (SAFRA), to organise the Singapore finals, to be held from 28 to 31 August 2003 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza. |
With over $1 million in investments, these corporate sponsors hope to make the Singapore finals a fitting prelude to the 2004 World Finals, which Singapore is bidding to host, and win international recognition as the cyber-gaming capital of the world. Supported by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and Infocomm Development Authority (iDA), under the latter’s banner of e-Celebrations 2003, this event is the platform for Singaporeans to showcase their talent in cyber gaming, and make their mark on the global arena at the WCG 2003 Grand Finals in South Korea.
Gamers can look forward to a most unique, fun and most gratifying multi-sensory experience ever, with the addition of console games for the first time ever at the WCG 2003 – a sign of their ever-growing worldwide popularity. Gaming enthusiasts will be able to sign up online at http://sg.worldcybergames.org/, as well as at SAFRA clubs, for the National Championship of the WCG 2003 from July 22, 2003. The application fee is $15 per person for individual games and $50 for a team of five for team games. Participants can count on playing a wide variety of games, totaling seven in all. Avid gamers will be competing on 150 Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-based PCs with Hyper-Threading Technology (HT Technology), optimized for the ultimate gaming experience.
Over 1,000 participants are expected to vie for the total prize money of $15,300, of which $1,000 goes to the top individual gamer and $2000 goes to the top team. In addition, the winners of both categories will earn a chance to compete against the crème de la crème of the international gaming community by representing Singapore in the WCG 2003 Grand Finals to be held in Seoul, Korea from 12 to 18 October 2003. At the Grand Finals, participants will compete with over 600 players from 55 countries worldwide for a chance to win US$50,000 in prize money per each game event (total US$300,000).
The WCG 2003 National Championship will have something for everyone. There will be a multitude of fringe activities taking place at the event ranging from Radio DJ appearances, youth performances, educational talks, games and contests. One such contest is where all participants can come dressed up as their favorite online gaming character to win attractive prizes.
“With Singapore having one of the world’s highest broadband penetration rates, it’s natural that cyber games over the Internet or LAN network have become increasingly popular among Singaporeans. Samsung, as the leader in digital convergence technology, believes cyber games help bring people of different races and religions together and promotes harmony,” said Mr Choi Tae Bong, Managing Director, Electronic Business Division of Samsung Asia Pte Ltd.
The WCG Singapore Championship held last year was a huge success and attracted 718 gamers. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better.