It's time to get your game on

PC gaming contests do happen in this region, but often as not they are small-scale, single-day affairs that take place in some dingy, back-street internet café. We figured we could do better, so prepare to get your game on as we announce the first Windows Gaming Championship (a.k.a. WGC), presented by LG Electronics Gulf and officially supported by nVidia.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  April 24, 2006

|~||~||~|I’ve been to several PC gaming events in my two years here in the UAE. They’re all fun, for sure, but in terms of the number of gamers that turn up you could justifiably argue that it’s the same hardcore teams and individual button bashers every time, and rarely anyone else. I think PC gaming deserves more than that. I think anyone and everyone could - and should - be encouraged to enter. But in a net café, where these contests most often take place, there really aren’t that many people ‘passing by’ who might suddenly decide, “Hey, I want to enter”, which to my mind makes these events a little elitist. Forever – if you like -a niche kind of gig. That's not how we'll be doing things. We want hardcore gamers and on-the-day hopefuls to be equally represented. We want to spread the PC gaming word far and wide. And for this, we need... Well first off, we needed to make the venue a great one. And as the UAE goes, Dubai’s massive Mall of the Emirates (MoE) -which we've now secured - is a location to be proud of. It’s easy to get to - both for Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based gamers - and it’s busy, so not only should the event attract hardcore gamers and passers by, but it should also draw in a notably larger crowd than the usual ten friends of competing teams. That, we hope, is the casual entrants covered, but what of the hardcore gamers amongst us? To make sure the UAE’s most serious gamers, such as teams like A-List, GG and RsG, get into the spirit of things, we’ve assigned a chunky wad of cash for each winner and each runner-up. (At this juncture we must thank WGC’s headline sponsor LG Electronics Gulf and our official supporter nVidia). Forget taking part for the chance to win entry into a 'global final' then (in which realistically you’ve very little chance of coming away with anything at all), instead think this: you can walk away with between two and four times the kind of prize normally offered by this type of event. That’s how serious we are. Time-wise, we need you – our potential entrants – to be around, so we’ve scheduled our frag-fest to take place on Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23; after exam season has ended but before you fly off for your well-deserved summer break. What better way to celebrate the end of all that study then, than by blowing chunks out of hordes of marauding orcs in front of a crowd? Sweet. To confirm, the dates to scribble in your diary are: Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23. The place to note is Mall of the Emirates (outside Virgin Megastore and Ski Dubai). And, crucially, the games themselves? Well we’re planning two contests within WGC itself – day one, the Thursday, will be our two-person team event, based on Warcraft III: Frozen Throne. Day two meanwhile will be all about single-player speed-killing, so we've opted for the superlative shoot 'em up Quake 4. We're even letting you bring your own headset, mouse and other assorted PC controllers to help you shoot straight and game like you mean it. I'm sure that’s enough for now to get your gaming juices flowing. For more details, and to enter the event, check out www.itp.net/wgc from May onwards. For the time being, get practicing… ||**||

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