WGC wows Saudi fun-seekers

Fresh from its mid-May triumph in Kuwait City, the second ever Windows Gaming Competition (AKA WGC2) hit the Saudi Arabian city of Al Khobar last weekend, being branded a huge success by players and organisers alike.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 3, 2007

Fresh from its mid-May triumph in Kuwait City, the second ever Windows Gaming Competition (AKA WGC2) hit the Saudi Arabian city of Al Khobar last weekend, being branded a huge success by players and organisers alike. Presented by LG Electronics, with additional support from gaming enabler ISP Awalnet and system provider Zai PC, the event saw over 150 button bashers hit Al Rashid Mall to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes and the chance to enter WGC2’s regional final in Dubai. The event is thought to have been the first PC gaming event ever run in the Kingdom by a regional technology publication. On Wednesday May 30, 64 digital footie fans took part in WGC’s closely fought single player event, playing Konami’s industry defining Pro Evolution Soccer 6. The raft of predominantly local PES contestants spent the full day going head to head – playing national country teams – through several rounds and a semi-final, with the country final taking place the next morning of Thursday, May 31. This final match saw Mohammed Al Jaber (playing as Brazil) trounce Rakan Tareq (also playing as Brazil), to walk off with WGC's winner's cheque for US $1000 and a ticket to the WGC2 Regional Final in Dubai in June. As for the contest’s team strategy event, no less than 18 largely five-player teams were involved in WGC’s sharp shooting Counterstrike Source competition. From Thursday morning through to a late-night final at 10.30pm, Counterstrike gangs hailing from Saudi Arabia, South Asia, and Western Europe rampaged around the chosen three game maps in a high-level, super-slick orgy of sniper fire and grenade dodging. The winners, after a bullet-heavy final between Team Illusion and 'ec', was ec, which won by a thoroughly convincing margin of 16 to 7. Thus its five team members grabbed $3000 and a grand final ticket for their trouble. Next up, the third country stage of WGC2 is due to take place on June 22-23 at Dubai's Ibn Battuta Mall. This will include the competition's much-anticipated regional final. For your chance to win in the UAE, sign up by heading straight across to www.itp.net/wgc.

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