World Game Championship kicks off at Dubai Mall
Organisers expect more than 10,000 gamers to compete in the three different tournaments that make up the World Game Championships
The World Game Championship 2010 kicked off at Dubai Mall today, with organisers expecting the tournament to draw more than 10,000 gamers from the region.
The World Game Championship (WGC) is part of the Dubai World Game Expo and involves three different tournaments - the World Cyber Games National finals (exclusive to Emiratis), along with the Open Championship and Inter-collegiate Games that are both open to all nationalities.
More than AED 100,000 in prizes are up for grabs with opening games covering Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, Street Fighter 4 and Counter Strike 1.6. Additionally, the winners of the World Cyber Games National tournament will go on represent the country in the finals taking place in Los Angeles, California this September.
"Our ultimate objective is to see Emirati gamers rise and become professional cyber athletes. After successfully staging the WGC 2008 and 2009, we are expecting that 2010 will bring the best gamers in the region, a higher level of competition and ultimate gaming experience for both players and spectators." said Engineer Anas Al Madani, VP of Index Holding.
Madani added that they expect to attract more than 10,000 gamers overall with more universities taking part in the inter-collegiate tournament this year. In 2009 about 7,000 gamers took part, which also included students from 32 different universities.
Nilesh Khalkho, CEO of Sharaf DG who are sponsors of the event, stated that the WGC differs from other gaming competitions because of it features the world's fastest computer by YoYoTech. Khalko calls the gaming machine "the future of gaming after consoles".
The games kicked off today at the Dubai mall and will tour through the different cities in the UAE. The second round will take place in April in Bawadi Mall Al Ain, while the third round will take place in Al Wahda mall in Abu Dhabi.
The final two rounds of the games will take place in the Mall of Emirates in October and the Dubai World Trade Center in November. More details are available at www.worldgamechampionship.com.