New York, NY; Framingham, MA, June 24, 2008 - The road to elite video gaming's TEAM USA 2008 is now confirmed: The World Cyber Games (WCG) USA 2008 National Final will be held in at this year's E for All Expo in Los Angeles, October 3 - 5, International Cyber Marketing (ICM) and IDG World Expo announced today. The WCG USA 2008 National Final at the E for All Expo will feature 200 of America's very best players, all competing for the rare chance to make TEAM USA and represent the United States at the WCG 2008 Grand Final, to be held in Cologne, Germany, this November 5th - 9th. The WCG's Grand Final is the culmination of the world's largest video game tournament.
America's top gamers will be the showcase tournament attraction at the 2008 E for All Expo, the premier consumer video game event, organized by IDG World Expo and scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 3-5, 2008. The WCG USA 2008 National Final will fill more than 15,000 square feet of dedicated space on the E for All show floor. In addition to determining TEAM USA and national champions in 14 WCG "Official Game Titles" the WCG USA will include the Samsung Mobile Challenge tournament, a women's gaming invitational tournament, an "old school" pinball competition, numerous walk-up video gaming contests and many more exciting attractions. Feature matches in some of the world's most popular PC and Xbox 360 videogames will take place on a main stage complete with live play-by-play commentary keyed to the in-game action being projected on giant video screens. World Cyber Games' partners Samsung Electronics, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Games For Windows, Phillips amBX, Dust-Off and several others will feature expo booths with interactive displays, product demonstrations and gaming kiosks in the WCG USA tournament area at E for All, creating a high-energy gaming and youth lifestyle festival for consumers. E for All attendees will have countless opportunities to walk away with merchandise prizes via giveaways and promotions in the WCG USA area during breaks in the tournament.
"E for All is the perfect stage for the World Cyber Games, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to see the who's who of elite competitive gamers in-person as they show their mastery of today's most popular video game titles," said Mary Dolaher, Chief Executive Officer of IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows and events around the globe. "Through our partnership with ICM, we're not only establishing a home for the 2008 WCG USA National Final, we're underscoring our support of the growing global eSports gaming community."
"E For All has quickly established itself as a premiere video game event in the United States. This World Cyber Games USA National Final at E For All will immerse gaming fans and attendees into the ever-expanding genre of International eSports competition - this is the only place to see America's best gamers, live and in person, battling for the treasured opportunity to represent the USA on competitive gaming's most coveted stage, the World Cyber Games Grand Final this November in Cologne Germany." said Michael Arzt, General Manager of WCG USA.
World Cyber Games Announces International Host City Bidding
In related news, the World Cyber Games also announced the opening of worldwide bidding for the right to serve as 2010 Grand Final Host City. Applicant cities from across the globe will partake in an evaluation process, where factors such as location, financing, Government support, facilities, local and national promotion and city infrastructure will be reviewed. All host city applications must be received by ICM before August 22. The final announcement of the WCG 2010 host city winner is scheduled for May 2009. For more host city bid information, please contact Mr. Tae Kim email@example.com.
WCG first introduced the host city concept in 2002 when Daejeon, a major city in Korea, held the Grand Final with tremendous success. Following Daejeon, a number of great global destinations have played host to the premiere celebration in e-Sports, including: San Francisco, USA (2004), Singapore (2005), Monza, Italy (2006) and Seattle, USA (2007). This year, the competition returns to Europe as Cologne, Germany plays host to the Grand Final. Next year the event returns to Asia as Chengdu, China plays host in 2009.
"The WCG's reputation and prestige has been rapidly and steadily escalating over the last 9 years A growing number of international cities desire to establish images as hi-tech focused, dynamic, young-minded and energetic, by hosting the WCG Grand Final," said Mr. Hyoung Seok Kim, CEO of International Cyber Marketing, global organizer of the WCG, "The WCG has contributed to the economic development and IT infrastructure of the host cities it has visited and we believe that the WCG 2010 Host City selection will be the most competitive Host City Bid in WCG history."
World Cyber Games is the premier international video game competition with over 1.5 million players from more than 70 countries participating annually. The WCG is organized by International Cyber Marketing, organizers of the world's biggest game competitions and numerous Game and e-Sports related businesses. Online registration for the WCG USA tournament is free to all and continues through June 30th at www.worldcybergames.com/usa.
About The World Cyber Games
The World Cyber Games (www.worldcybergames.com) is the premiere blue chip global e-Sports tournament and festival, with well over 700 players from more than 70 countries participating annually. Founded in 2000 and credited with launching the professional careers of many of the planet's top competitive video game players, the World Cyber Games uses a yearlong tournament format, which begins with online, regional and national competitions in each country. National finalists then convene to compete in the ultimate international tournament in e-Sports, The World Cyber Games Grand Final, where each country's best players battle for the largest and most prestigious prizes in competitive gaming. The WCG 2008 Grand Final will be in Cologne, Germany November 5-9. Companies interested in learning more about WCG partnership opportunities, please contact Natalie Spruel at (914) 479-0070, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About E for All™ (www.EforAllExpo.com)
E for All™ is a new event created for all people who are passionate about video games and everything related. The Expo was launched in response to strong demand for an event that connects all segments of the market - retail, consumers, media and industry insiders. E for All offers an increasingly diverse consumer marketplace the opportunity to see and try new products before they reach store shelves. The Expo runs October 3-5, 2008, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown LA.
About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All™ (E For All™), E3 Media & Business Summit, GreenXchange Xpo™, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™) and REVEAL Los Angeles The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.