SEOUL, South Korea, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Cyber Games, the
premier competition for the interactive video game industry, today
announced that Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360(TM) and Games for Windows(R) will
sponsor the global tournament through 2008, providing hardware, software,
and marketing support for the events.
Microsoft's sponsorship will encompass all WCG events including three
pan-regional championships, the Korean Championship, the USA Championship
and the Grand Finals in Monza, Italy (October 18-22). International Cyber
Marketing, Inc. (ICM) has designated Microsoft as the premier sponsor of
Under the terms of the alliance, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 will be
the exclusive gaming platforms for the PC and console. Microsoft will
provide games, consoles, Xbox Live(R) online game service, and peripheral
equipment for all WCG events. Microsoft will also supply players with
state-of-the-art consoles at WCG events.
"We are very happy to announce Microsoft's status as a premier sponsor
of the WCG for the next three years," said Hank Jeong, CEO of International
Cyber Marketing. "Microsoft's support for the WCG further validates the
growing global popularity of e-Sports. Having Microsoft as a partner
reinforces the WCG's position as a pioneer of competitive gaming and as the
premier event in global e-Sports."
"Over the years, we have admired the incredible growth of cybersports
and WCG's role in expanding the reach of these worldwide tournaments," said
Peter Moore, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment and
Devices Division, Microsoft. "Because of WCG's history as a truly global
gaming competition, it was a logical choice to team up with them and extend
the reach of these events even further."
The 2006 WCG Grand Final will be held from October 18-22 in Monza,
Italy, a city famous for its Formula 1 racing tradition. National
Championships featuring online and offline preliminaries are scheduled to
start in April and will be held in participating countries.
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About the 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 2006 WCG Grand Final will be held on October
18-22, 2006 in Monza, Italy. More information at:
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SOURCE World Cyber Games