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.
More information at: http://www.worldcybergames.com.
SOURCE World Cyber Games