Team Canada rocks out at the 2008 World Cyber Games Canadian Championship



    Thirteen gamers to represent Canada in November in Cologne, Germany

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - After three days and more than 400
rounds of game play in front of 30,000 slack-jawed spectators, the 2008 World
Cyber Games Canadian Championship reached its dramatic conclusion on Monday at
La Ronde in Montreal, Quebec. Nearly 200 of Canada's top gamers finally had
the chance to meet offline and in person from August 30 - September 1,
engaging in head-to-head competition for dominance over their games of choice.
The result was the formation of Team Canada 2008, comprised of 13 skilled
gamers who are on their way to Cologne, Germany, to participate in the WCG
Grand Final this coming November.
    Highlighting this year's event at La Ronde was the addition of Guitar
Hero III for Xbox 360, which made WCG Canada history by featuring two
individual girl gamers - Manon Desbiens from Ste-Luce, QC and Rachel Kuta from
Vancouver, BC - who faced off against one another in a battle for the gold
medal. Ultimately receiving silver and bronze medals, respectively, both
Desbiens and Kuta made their mark at the WCG and also gained the friendship
and respect of their fellow gamers, including gold medal winner Daniel
Piacampo of Woodbridge, ON.
    Other highlights included a major upset - and an even bigger celebration
- around the Counter-Strike 1.6 final, as longtime WCG Canada champions Team
EG lost the battle for supremacy over Quebec-based team NoPression. All eyes
were on the players as the two teams of five played to a dramatically close
finish after three rounds, with NoPression taking the first at 16 to 10, EG
cleaning up the second at 16 to 1 and NoPression rallying back to take the
third at 16 to 12.
    The gamers' journey to Montreal began through competing in official WCG
qualifying events across Canada throughout the summer at local gaming centres,
at major LAN gaming events or by participating in online competitions. The
winners earned invitations to the WCG Canadian Championship in Montreal from
August 30 - September 1. The winning Canadian gamers will each receive paid
airfare and accommodations in Cologne, Germany and the chance to win more than
$500,000 USD in cash and prizes at the World Cyber Games Grand Final taking
place November 5 - 8, 2007.

    
    Single-Player Champions:

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          Name             Hometown                   Game
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    Alan Joseph         Mississauga, ON    Virtua Fighter 5 (Xbox 360)
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    Nic Brownrigg       Hamilton, ON       Project Gotham Racing 4 (Xbox 360)
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    Daniel Piacampo     Woodbridge, ON     Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
                                                             (Xbox 360)
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    Jonathan Garneau    Sherbrooke, QC     Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne (PC)
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    Team Game Champions:

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          Members                   Hometown                    Game
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    Guillaume Brazeau Legault  Ste-Eustache, QC
    Olivier Brazeau Legault    Ste-Marthe-sur-le-lac, QC
    Jean-Sebastien Collins     Longeuil, QC                Counter-Strike 1.6
    Maxime Paradis             Laval, QC                           (PC)
    Philippe Auclair           Laval, QC

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    Kevin Garcia               Keswick, ON
    Max Rawal                  Scarborough, ON             Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
    Chris Kerluke              Vancouver, BC
    Matt Warkentin             St. Catharines, ON
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    "Samsung Electronics is proud to sponsor a truly global event like the
World Cyber Games, where we can come together to celebrate the spirit of the
digital lifestyle and the community that supports it," said Diane Whittington,
Corporate Events Manager, Samsung Electronics Canada. "Through the WCG,
Samsung is providing people around the world who share the same enthusiasm for
gaming and technology with an opportunity to form a real connection and
showcase their skills and achievements."
    This year's World Cyber Games 2008 Grand Final will be held in Cologne,
Germany at the Koelnmesse Convention Hall. Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest
city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and is the largest city both in the
German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr
Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than
10 million inhabitants.

    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.

    To learn more about WCG Canada, visit www.worldcybergames.ca. For more
information on the WCG and the Grand Final, visit www.worldcybergames.com.





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