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World Cyber Games Launch National Qualifying Tournaments

by Rainier on March 26, 2003 @ 11:28 a.m. PST

The United Cyber Games Association (UCGA) today announced a series of over 400 qualifying events around the United States to kick off the American portion of the Samsung World Cyber Games (WCG), the world's largest e-sports competition. Teaming with sponsors Samsung, CompUSA's game fixx, and NVIDIA, the World Cyber Games USA will bring thrilling competitions closer to all of America's 140 million gamers by holding its qualifying and semifinal competitions at 20 CompUSA locations across the country from April through July 2003. The U.S. competition will culminate in a national final in August; winners there will advance to the WCG 2003 Grand Final in Seoul, Korea October 12-18.

We're thrilled to partner with CompUSA as we launch our qualifying rounds of competition across the United States," said Joe Moss, Executive Director of UCGA. "We are holding tournaments in every corner of the country to assure that we truly get the best players in the nation, and that everyone who wants to compete gets a chance to join in the fun. With 400 events and estimated 20,000 competitors, the WCG 2003 U.S. Tournament will be the most extensive and inclusive video game competition ever."

The 20 CompUSA locations for the national PC qualifying rounds are:

  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Lewisville, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Denver, CO St.
  • Louis, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Braintree, MA
  • Southlake, GA
  • Plantation, FL
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nashville, TN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Syracuse, NY

For five weekend days each month, from April through June, all 20 locations will simultaneously host a qualifying tournament in one or two of the six official WCG tournament PC games: Half-Life: Counter-Strike, StarCraft: Brood War, Warcraft III, Age of Mythology, Unreal Tournament 2003 and FIFA Soccer 2003. The top players at each game from each location will return to the same CompUSA stores in July to compete in five more days of WCG 2003 U.S. Semifinals, and the semifinal winners will advance the U.S. Final in August. There, the country's best gamers will vie for a coveted spot on Team USA and a chance to compete for a share of $400,000 in prizes at the WCG 2003 Grand Final in Korea.

"CompUSA is excited to be teaming with Samsung Electronics and World Cyber Games for the second year in a row," stated Larry Mondry, President CompUSA Stores/COO. "Gaming has evolved into a business that tests the boundaries of technology and CompUSA will continue to grow with it."

Online registration for the WCG 2003 U.S. Qualifiers will begin soon! For detailed information or to register, please visit www.wcgusa.org .

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