Gamers face off at World Cyber Games
The World Cyber Games 2008 begins today in Cologne, Germany, with teams from 70-plus countries competing for over $500,000 in prizes.
QuadV will have live video coverage with English language commentary starting at 6 a.m. ET.
For those wondering how the commentary would work in a videogame setting, here is an example from a Starcraft tournament in Korea. The play-by-play and commentary does make it a lot more interesting as they really get into it.
The international gamers will compete for prizes totaling more than $500,000 in 14 different games: on the PC (StarCraft: Brood War, WarCraft III: Frozen Throne, CounterStrike, FIFA Soccer 08, Need for Speed: ProStreet, Command & Conquer: Kane’s Wrath and Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties), Xbox 360 (Project Gotham Racing 4, Virtua Fighter 5, Halo 3, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Carom3D, RedStone) and cell phone (Asphalt 4: Elite Racing).
As one blogger says, people take the World Cyber Games extremely serious as it is considered the "olympics" of gaming. There are petitions, polls, and votes for games that are not competed in the tournament. Here is the poll to vote in your favourite game to be competed at the WCG 2009
The World Cyber Games has always been the “Olympics” of gaming to many people, especially since its logo and style is influenced by actual sporting event. Unfortunately, Street Fighter was never a part of this great annual festival, WCG instead choosing the Dead or Alive series since 2005 up until this year with Virtua Fighter 5. You can change all of that for next year.
It really is interesting to hear from teams and players that are participating in the competition. They have team names, pre-tournament matchups to warmup, training, and coaching. It really is like the Olympics for videogames with teams that are favorites to win in their individual games and team games.
Wondering where I ran off to? I'm in Germany with Team Immunity, the Australian team representing our country at the World Cyber Games 2008 in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Warcraft III. The CS team has been here for more than a week now, with an amazing bootcamp experience playing against SK Gaming, a team based here in Cologne but whose CS team is from Sweden. They are one of the top teams in the world and arguably the favourites for this tournament. After a week, the crew are picking up some wins against SK and are in good shape for the main event which starts overnight Australian time.
I'll deliver more updates as the event kicks off.
The defending champions from the US is looking to defend their title against more than 800players.