Seoul Korea, 13th September - After the finale of its European match in Germany, the Game and Game World Championship 2007(GNGWC2007, www.gngwc.com) matches fired off in America, East Asia, and Korea.
KIPA(Korean IT Industry Promotion Agency), the host of GNGWC, announced the kickoff this year’s league in July with six official games– Bomb N Dash ( www.bombndash.com), Navy Field ( www.navyfield.com), Record of Lunia War(global.lunia.com), Silkroad Online ( www.silkroadonline.net), Shot Online (shotonline.gamescampus.com), and War Rock ( www.warrock.net). The European final rounds - the first GNGWC2007 match held at the Game Convention Europe - were successful with attracting more than 150,000 participants. Nine players from that finale were selected for the Grand Final to be held on December 1st in Seoul, Korea.
With this successful launch from European gamers, the world’s first MMO e-sports event sponsored by Korea Telecom, the biggiest telecom company in Korea, is now on the way to the American, Vietnam and Korean leagues. All six official games are going to host the match in America, and five games excluding Bomb N Dash will join the Korean league. Silkroad Online, Bomb N Dash, and War Rock will run their matches in the East Asia,.
The first regional match to be kicked off in September was the Korean League. Preliminary matches of Record of Lunia war, Shot Online, Silkroad Online, Navy Field will determine the players that will advance to the Korean Final match, scheduled to be held on 30th September during the Cyber Festival Show. War Rock, unlike other games, has been running its game league, and will pick up Korea representative players from this match.“The competition commence date will be announced by the end of September,” said the representative of Dreamexecution, developer studio of War Rock.
In the America league, War Rock is the first game that started the preliminary matches last week, and Navyfield will follow with its match being held from September 14th to October 7th. Shot Online, Bomb N Dash, and Record of Lunia War are going to start the preliminary matches next week, and SilkRoad Online is scheduled to start the preliminary match on Oct 1st . Each game will pick certain players to go to the final match which will be held on October 20th in Los Angeles at the“LA PC Café”.
Registration for the East Asia match has already begun and hundreds of players from Bomb N Dash, and Silkroad Online are signing up. Since among young people in Vietnam online gaming is one of the most popular entertainments, their interest toward this MMO festival is quite high. The final East Asia match will be held on 13th October in Hochiminh, Vietnam.
The final winners of each country will be selected to participate in the grand final match held on December 1st in Seoul, Korea, and a digital camera, MP3 player, and DVD player will be provided to the 2nd and 3rd place winners of each regional match. Furthermore, the 1st place winner of the Grand Final on Dec 1st in Seoul will be awarded $5,000, $3,000 for the 2nd place, and $1,000 for the 3rd place. In addition, a Korean tour program is in the works to be held during this grand final period too, KIPA said.
About GNGWC(Game and Game World Championship)
GNGWC is an international game competition which began in 2006 by KIPA in order to promote Korean online games throughout the World. Last year, 1,070,000 gamers from 5 regions including Korea, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, America took participation in competing in 3 Korean games,‘Silkroad Online’,‘Gunbound’, and‘Shot Online’. With the success from previous year, the event is planned to continue in the future.
KIPA(Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency) was established in 1998 by the Ministry of Information and Communication as a non-profit organization. Its role is to contribute to the globalization of the Korea information technology industry, support start-up software companies, and improve the quality of Korea’s software the industry’s productivity through process improvement efforts.“Global Service Platform" initiative, which is also known as“game&game” and“Game and Game World Championship”, is an part of its global marketing support program for the information technology industry.
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