World Cyber Games comes to UAE

UAE nationals and expats will next month get the chance to shoot ‘em up online as the World Cyber Games comes to the UAE. The winning team - of UAE nationals - will then go on to represent their country at the competition's global finals in Singapore.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 8, 2005

UAE nationals and expats will next month get the chance to shoot ‘em up online as the World Cyber Games comes to the UAE. The winning team - of UAE nationals - will then go on to represent their country at the competition's global finals in Singapore. Team registration and online qualification for the world’s biggest electronic gaming event takes place in the UAE over the next four weeks. Worldwide event sponsor Samsung has teamed up with Etisalat’s internet arm, eCompany, to organise the online qualifying rounds. Five-player Counterstrike teams should register at www.mplayer-arabia.com between August 8 and August 31. Qualifying matches will then take place online from September 2 – 12. An offline final will then be held at Dubai’s City Centre mall from September 15 – 17, with the UAE’s winning team going on to Suntec City in Singapore in November to play for the grand prize. When asked if eCompany’s broadband internet service will be sufficiently up to speed by September – taking into account the recent slowdown – the company’s representative, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, today explained that eCompany’s team was busy working to restore the UAE service to previous levels. “It could be fixed by this time,” he suggested, adding that more details would be made available to the media tomorrow. Samsung is encouraging both national, expatriate and mixed teams to compete in the UAE competition, despite the fact that – like the Olympics – only homegrown national teams will be permitted to compete in Singapore. UAE teams will play CounterStrike Source during the qualifying competition and subsequently at the finals in Singapore. However, a Samsung spokesperson today confirmed that the company hopes more UAE teams will make it to the finals in future years, as teams there actually contest no less than eight separate gaming competitions. This year’s event is the third time Samsung has organised the hunt to find the UAE’s best national team. The prize fund for the UAE competition totals AED 50,000, while the equivalent fund for the global final stands at over US $1.2 million. The UAE is the only GCC country that will be represented at this year’s World Cyber Games. Further information about the UAE event is available from www.worldcybergamesuae.com

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