WORLD CYBER GAMES ANNOUNCES TEAM USA 2009

(New York, September 29, 2009) - The World Cyber Games (WCG) USA 2009 National Final concluded Sunday at the Jacob K. Javits Center with 20 of the best video game players in the country earning a share of $100,000 in cash and prizes and spots on TEAM USA's roster. In November, the members of TEAM USA will travel to Chengdu, China to compete on the biggest stage in competitive gaming -- The World Cyber Games 2009 Grand Final. At the Grand Final, TEAM USA will face off against over 800 top gamers from nearly 80 countries for a share of approximately $500,000 in cash and prizes and the title of world's best gamer.

"The competitors have once again raised the level of play for global eSports tournaments with the WCG USA 2009 National Final," said Aaron Smolick, Director of Marketing for World Cyber Games USA. "The excitement and intensity that filled the Jacob K. Javits Center this weekend kept spectators on the edge of their seats until TEAM USA was announced on Sunday."

Returning favorites, gamers and fans alike had the chance to participate in the weekend competition and festivities. Members of the public were able to compete in the Samsung Mobile Challenge featuring Asphalt 4: Elite Racing and WiseStar2 to earn two spots on TEAM USA. Additionally, cast members from the hit SyFy reality show WCG Ulitmate Gamer were on-hand to meet and compete against fans in featured games at the 'Free Play Area.'

In 2007 and 2005, TEAM USA took first place beating out over 70 other countries for the top spot. At the 2008 Grand Final, TEAM USA took third place winning five overall medals in the largest and most competitive Grand Final to date, where more than 700 gamers from over 70 countries competed. TEAM USA will be traveling to Chengdu, China to compete in the 2009 Grand Final from November 11-15, which promises to be the biggest gaming event to date.

Results of the WCG USA 2009 National Final (Players in red have earned spots on Team USA):

PC

StarCraft®: Brood War™

Champion: Greg Fields - Randolph, NJ

Runner Up: David Fells - Port Neches, TX

Third Place: Eric Rothmuller - Healdsburg, CA

WarCraft® III: The Frozen Throne™

Champion: Phil Crawford - Poughkeepsie, NY

Runner-up: Nikolaus Cassidy - Norristown, PA

Third Place: Nick Pesu - Highland Mills, NY

CounterStrike™ 1.6

Champion: Team Evil Genius

Daniel Montaner - Miami, FL

Matt Dickens - Deer Park, TX

Travis Bechtol - Garland, TX

Jordan Gilbert - San Diego, CA

Tyler Wood - Little Rock, AR

Runner-Up: Team Turmoil

Edit Basol - Manhattan Beach, CA

Ben Heu - San Francisco, CA

Thomas Garcia - Santa Clarita, CA

Joseph Perez - Stockton, CA

Derrick Truong - Los Angeles, CA

FIFA Soccer 09™

Champion: Yfran Garcia - Sloatsburg, NY

Runner-Up: Michael LaBelle - Houston, TX

Third Place: Felipe Stoyne - South Plainfield, NJ

Carom 3D

Champion: Zach Wolters - Jenison, MI

Runner-up: Patrick Wyrick - Aliso Viejo, CA

Third Place: John Vahary - Battle Creek, MI

Xbox 360 Games

Guitar Hero®: World Tour

Champion: Robert Michaels - Waynesboro, VA

Runner-up: Michael Najman - Little Neck, NY

Third Place: Thomas Burke - New York, NY

Virtua Fighter® 5

Champion: Eddel Dioquino - Alexandria, VA

Runner-up: Dennis Sockwell - New York, NY

Third Place: Pang - Shi Shih - Freemont, CA

Gears of War 2

Champion: Team Legacy

Jourdan Ribeiro - New York, NY

Anthony DeGeorge - Watervliet, NY

Hakeem Lawrence - Bronx, NY

Richie Martinez - Bronx, NY

Runner-Up: Team Raw Talent

Ken Lawson - Middle Island, NY

Rob Ambrose - Erial, NJ

Jarid Lyons - Erie, PA

Gabriel Diaz - Jersey City, NJ

Mobile

Asphalt™ 4: Elite Racing

Champion: Kamran Siddiqui - Orlando, FL

Runner-up: Jonathan Rodriguez - Miami, FL

Third Place: John Vahary - Battle Creek, MI

WiseStar2

Champion: Trevor Housten - Branchburg, NJ

Runner-up: Jonathan Rodrguez - Miami - FL

Third Place: Jamal Nickens - Columbus, OH

For more information about the WCG USA National Final and Team USA please go to http://www.wcg.com/usa.

ABOUT THE WORLD CYBER GAMES

The World Cyber Games ( www.wcg.com) is the premiere global eSports tournament and festival, with about 800 players from 78 countries participating at 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, the World Cyber Games uses a year-long 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 2009 Grand Final will be held in Chengdu, China.

CONTACT:

For The World Cyber Games:

Blain Howard / Adam Fenton

Bender/Helper Impact

212-689-6360

blain_howard@bhimpact.com / adam_fenton@bhimpact.com


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