World Cyber Games is an annual, international event in which top players from different countries compete for cash prizes and the coveted title of being the world's best in their chosen games. The largest gaming festival in the world, WCG unites countries in a fun, gaming environment. This "World Cultural Festival", which has no language or cultural barriers, longs to embody respect for universal fundamentals based on ethical principles without having any national boundaries in play.
WCG over the YearsSince its start in 2001, WCG has grown into a renowned, international gaming activity others call the "Olympics of Gaming". Participating countries grew from the mere 17 in 2001 to 75 in 2007. It also gained wide media attention, attracting more sponsors. This meant a larger prize pool for the players to compete for; from $200,000(2001) to $448,000(2007). The list of official games rose as well. From the original 5 PC game titles, it has broadened to include console games, an MMORPG(Red Stone,2008) and a mobile game (Asphalt 4, 2008).
National PreliminariesPrior to the main event in the host city, national preliminaries are held in participating countries to choose the top players who will carry their respective flags. In the first phase, smaller LAN tournaments are organized to determine the regional winners who will earn spots in the National Finals. Then these players battle it out in a 3-day grand event to hail the national champions. Rising above the rest, these victors not only gain honor and recognition but also win attractive prizes including a sponsored trip to the host city.
World Cyber Games 2008This year's WCG will be held in Cologne, Germany from November 5-9. Eight hundred players from 78 countries will gather in Koelnmesse Event Hall 8, Cologne to compete in 14 games titles. From the prize pool of $408,000 (cash only), Warcraft III winners will get: $19,000, 1st; $7,000, 2nd; $3,500, 3rd.
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