City of Seattle and World Cyber Games Announce Seattle Will Host 2007 World Cyber Games Grand Final

Over 700 Video Gamers from 70 countries expected

Mar 01, 2006, 00:00 ET from World Cyber Games

    SEATTLE, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Greg Nickels and the World Cyber
 Games Committee (WCGC) announced today that Seattle will host the 2007 World
 Cyber Games Grand Final.
     The mayor welcomed this premier event for the interactive video game
 industry to Seattle during a signing ceremony today at City Hall. Nickels was
 joined by Mr. Hank Jeong, chief executive of International Cyber Marketing,
 global organizer of the world's largest computer and video game festival.
     "Hosting the World Cyber Games in Seattle is a fitting tribute to our
 thriving video game industry, which has over fifty game development companies
 in the Puget Sound area," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "We welcome the opportunity
 to host participants from around the world and show them our Seattle
     Renowned for its youth oriented culture, technology leadership, and for
 being a window onto the Pacific Rim, Seattle will be only the second US city
 to host the WCG Grand Final. San Francisco hosted the event in 2004, the first
 time the final was held outside of Korea.
     Last year, nearly 700 finalists from 67 countries competed in the Grand
 Final event in Singapore. Over 55,000 people attended the five-day festival to
 cheer on their respective countries, participate in new game demonstrations
 and meet people from all over the world they had previously only talked to
     The WCGC moved quickly in announcing the city's successful bid for the
 Grand Final in order to give officials the time to properly prepare for an
 event of this scale. Before making their decision, the WCGC reviewed
 competitive bids from other candidate cities, including Cologne, Germany;
 Montreal, Canada; and Busan, Korea.
     Strict criteria such as location, facilities, infrastructure and
 promotional efforts all played a role in the committee's decision.
     While all candidates showed a great desire and capacity to host the event,
 Seattle was selected for receiving the highest scores in city government
 support, willingness for joint business development and suggested venues,
 including Seattle's Convention Center and Qwest Field, home of the Seattle
     "The WCG recognizes the great opportunity for e-Sports among US gamers as
 well as their fans," said Mr. Jeong. "We appreciate the efforts by Mayor
 Nickels and the city of Seattle to bring this global event back to the United
 States next year."
     Started as the World Cyber Challenge in 2000, the WCG was first officially
 held in 2001 and continues today under the slogan, "Beyond the Game." It has
 grown into the world's largest computer and video games festival with more
 than 1 million competing in 2005 in local, regional and national qualifying
     Organizers expect up to 700 of the world's best gamers will travel to
 Monza, Italy, in October, 2006, to participate in the Grand Final of the most
 prestigious e-Sports competition and enjoy a well-rounded festival designed to
 promote culture and social harmony among world gamers.
     Samsung Electronics is the worldwide sponsor for the World Cyber Games.
     World Cyber Games
     The World Cyber Games (WCG) is an annual global game culture festival that
 was founded in 2000 to promote global harmony through e-sports. With the
 slogan "Beyond the Game," the World Cyber Games has truly developed into a
 global game phenomenon with arguably the largest prize amount at stake. The
 World Cyber Games prides itself on leading the "Digital Entertainment
 Culture." The WCG 2006 will be held on October 18-22, 2006 in Monza, Italy.
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