(Seoul, October 22, 2009) -- The World Cyber Games (WCG), the leader in international video game competitions and festivals, has completed the group drawing for the WCG 2009 Grand Final and announced the result today in Seoul, Korea. With over 1.5 million competitors from about 70 countries now shaved down to an elite 600, the final stage is set for e-Sports top competitors to battle at the highest level of gaming while representing their countries at the WCG 2009 Grand Final. Taking place in Chengdu, China from November 11-15, the gamers will be competing for cash and prizes, the title of world's best gamer, and national glory.
Announced live on the official WCG website ( www.WCG.com) over the past three days, the group drawing featured an all-new procedure that utilizes the players' performance at past WCG events for seeding purposes. The intention of this new format is to create the most compelling match-ups and give thetop players the best opportunity to advance to the finals.
As new gamers and teams prepare for their first WCG 2009 Grand Final, a number of the best players from previous tournaments are set to return better than ever. e-Sports professionals agree that some of the most interesting groups this year are Group C in Counter-Strike and Group A in StarCraft.
Counter-Strike Group C features mTw (Denmark 1st), the WCG 2008 Grand Final champion, against traditionally strong teams such as PowerGaming (Finland 1st), Sequential (Australia 1st), and Virtus.Pro (Russia 1st). In StarCraft Group A, e-Sports fans will watch some of the top matches in this group league. Players such as n.die_Jaedong (Korea 3rd), Draco (Poland 3rd), Kollsen (Germany 1st), Louder (USA 2nd), and Toodming (China 2nd), will represent their country and continent in this 'deadly group'.
"There are only 20 days left until the WCG 2009 Grand Final. Now that all the match-ups and final rules and regulations have been announced, thetournament preparation has really begun," said Hyoung-seok Kim, CEO of World Cyber Games, Inc. "We wish all of the teams and competitors' safe travels to Chengdu and the best of luck in chasing down WCG gold."
The tournament structure of the WCG 2009 Grand Final consists of a full group league, followed by a single elimination tournament and culminating with the championship match for each game. For more specific information regarding the tournament structure and regulations of each official game for WCG 2009 Grand Final, please visit www.WCG.com.
WCG 2009 Official Games
<7 PC Games>
StarCraft : Brood War
Warcraft III : The Frozen Throne
FIFA Soccer 09
TrackMania Nations Forever
<2 Xbox 360 Games>
Guitar Hero: World Tour
Virtua Fighter 5 Onlne
<2 Mobile Games>
Asphalt 4:Elite Racing
ABOUT WORLD CYBER GAMES
World Cyber Games ( www.wcg.com) is the organizer of the premiere global eSports tournament and festival, with about 800 players from 78 countries participating at the WCG 2008 Grand Final. Founded in 2000 and credited with launching the professional careers of many of the planet's top competitive video game players, 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 eSports, 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 was held in Cologne, Germany. This year's WCG Grand Final will be held in Chengdu, China from November 11 to 15.
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