Cars, guitars and stars to highlight 2008 WCG Canadian Championship



    Hundreds of Canada's top gamers descend on La Ronde in Montreal for
    national tournament

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - Just when you were starting to think you
had mastered your favourite video game, honing your skills at Guitar Hero,
Halo 3 or Counter-Strike, along comes Canada's hottest young group of gamers,
ready to show you that they are the best of the best.
    From August 30 to September 1, Canada's top gamers will converge in
Montreal for the 2008 World Cyber Games (WCG) Canadian Championship. Beginning
in May, gamers have been competing at regional events and through online
competitions to earn their invitation to the Canadian Championship. Sponsored
by Samsung Electronics Canada and hosted at La Ronde in Montreal for the first
time since 2006, this year's event is expected to draw 30,000 spectators.
    "Montreal has one of the biggest e-sports communities in Canada, so we're
excited to return there this year and bring the action directly to some of
gaming's biggest fans," said Stephan Richard, executive director, WCG Canada.
"Professional-level gaming is continuing to thrive in Canada, and we're very
proud of our commitment to the gamers, the spectators and the industry as a
whole."
    The 2008 WCG Canadian Championship will feature a roster of games that
will excite even novice gamers, from Guitar Hero III for XBOX 360 to
Counter-Strike 1.6 for PC. Other games that made the grade for the event this
year include: Halo 3, Project Gotham Racing 4 and Virtua Fighter 5 for XBOX
360, as well as WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne for PC.
    Highlights to watch for at this year's event include girl gamers Manon
Desbiens from Ste-Luce, QC and Rachel Kuta from Vancouver, BC, both vying for
dominance at Guitar Hero III. Fans will also see some familiar faces from
previous years, including 2007 WarCraft III champion Martin Sanfacon, and Team
EG, who will be defending their Counter-Strike 1.6 title with new team
members. Top competitors from the Canadian Championship will challenge the
world's best and vie for more than $400,000 USD in prizing at the World Cyber
Games 2008 Grand Final in November in Cologne, Germany.
    "As a hub of the gaming industry in Canada, Montreal is the perfect fit
for the 2008 WCG Canadian Championship, and we're looking forward to catching
all the action at La Ronde," said Diane Whittington, Corporate Events Manager,
Samsung Electronics Canada. "With some fantastic new games and players added
to the roster - and some familiar ones as well - this event will be an
impressive show of talent."

    About World Cyber Games

    South Korea-based International Cyber Marketing (www.worldcybergames.com)
is the global organizer of the World Cyber Games, the world's largest computer
and video game festival and is responsible for all WCG interactive game
tournaments to be held in about 70 countries. This year the winners of each
national event series will compete for the world championship title and prizes
worth more than US $400,000.
    Held on an annual basis since 2000, with the support of Samsung
Electronics Inc. as worldwide sponsor, the World Cyber Games has led the
Digital Entertainment Culture through e-sports. It has continued to set the
standard in global game competitions as well as providing comprehensive and
fun game-related content to the world. The youth of the world can find a new
world - beyond all barriers like language, culture and race - in World Cyber
Games.

    About Samsung Electronics

    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in telecommunication and
digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of
US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately
138,000 people in 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of various
business units such as the Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as
one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading
producer of mobile phones. For more information about Samsung, please visit
www.samsung.com.





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