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WGC a huge hit with gamers

The first ever Windows Gaming Championship (WGC) went down a storm last week, attracting 240 UAE gamers to Dubai to battle it out for thousands of dollars in cash and hardware prizes. Presented by LG Electronics, in association with AMD and nVidia, enabled by Al Shamil and run on Sky Expression gaming PCs, the contest is thought to have been the largest PC gaming event in the UAE to date.

The first ever Windows Gaming Championship (WGC) went down a storm with UAE gamers last week. It took place at Dubai's Mall of the Emirates, featured no less than 240 mad-for-it gamers, and saw winners take home thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

On day one - Thursday, June 22 - a total of 120 players (60 two-player teams) arrived to take part in WGC's Warcraft III: Frozen Throne (WC3) tournament.

After 15 qualifying rounds, lasting 20 minutes, four semi-finals and one grand final, the result - when it came – was both unexpected and confused. When the game's time was up and player scores sprang onto each gamer’s screen, team ‘Nox’ – a.k.a ‘Caster Human’ and ‘Bombern00b’ – sprang to their feet in elation at seeing their respective second and third individual positions (believing this would be enough to secure the first prize).

However, when the WGC team quickly added up the individual player scores it found that team ‘Nox’ might well have totaled 115,000 – a serious score in any 20-minute WC3 contest – but with its first and fourth positioned players team ‘wE’, comprising ‘Fury’ and ‘BloodLust’ actually edged 'Nox' into second place with its swaggering score of 119,000.

Congratulation to team 'wE' then, which bagged a joint cheque for US $4000 and another thousand dollars' worth of hardware supplied by Sky Electronics. Team ‘Nox’ meanwhile still walked away still smiling, with a cheque for US $2000.

Like the WC3 contest, WGC’s second day, single-player free-for-all was hotly anticipated, with most of the 128 player spaces having been filled well in advance of the actual event.

The game format was again similar to WC3: each of the 16 qualifying rounds (and the four semi-finals) lasted 12 minutes, during which time the aim was a simple one: ‘frag’ (i.e. kill) as many competitors as possible. The top two shooters from each round then progressed to our semis, with the top two gamers from each of the four semi’s bagging a place in our eight-player grand final.

As with the WC3 event, each Quake qualifying round was watched over by a sizeable and knowledgeable crowd, made up of gamers awaiting their chance at glory, their supportive friends and families, and passers by drawn in by the giant-screen fragging action going on above the WGC tournament stand.

The biggest crowd in the Quake rounds flocked to the round in which ‘Spammah’ was plying his trade. The 19-year-old Dubai resident is widely regarded by most in-the-know fraggers as the UAE’s unofficial main Quake man, but would he be able to grab the first WGC Quake crown? Judging by his first round performance, it looked a formality, although his friend and fellow fragging supremo ‘P3RPL3XITY’ also impressed, pummeling his seven foes to blag an easy semi-final spot.

Both players eased through their respective semi-finals too, so it was the last - and arguably the most hotly-contested – semi-final, that provided the most adrenaline, as trigger-happy ‘1/2 Sleevez’ just edged out the lead-pumping ‘Satan’, with both progressing to the final eight.

The WGC team then upped the grand final’s duration to quarter of an hour, which was played in Quake's ‘Fragging Yard’ map. It began well for Spammah’s foes, as ‘P3RPL3XITY’, ‘Satan’ and ‘1/2 Sleevez’ got off to a flying start. Ten minutes into the game however, it was all rather academic, as despite the very best efforts of ‘P3RPL3XITY’, ‘Spammah’ had raced ahead, finishing the final and grabbing our top prize with a total of 85 frags.

'Spammah' was thus awarded a WGC cheque for US $2000 along with Sky Electronic's main prize hardware bundle, while ‘P3RPL3XITY’ received a cheque for US $1000.

Don't miss the full, extended WGC event report in the next issue of Windows Middle East, on sale throughout July.

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