Canada's Top Gamers Prepare to Storm Toronto

    More than 200 gamers and 50,000 spectators anticipated at 2007 World
    Cyber Games Canadian Championship

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - The battle is heating up and competition
will be fiercer than ever as more than 200 of Canada's best gamers meet in
Toronto for the 2007 World Cyber Games Canadian Championship. From August
24-26, the Fan Expo Exhibit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will act as
the duelling ground for this year's WCG Canadian Championship, featuring the
talents of WCG World Champion Ryan Ward of Edmonton, not to mention several
other well-known Canadian gamers and some newcomers as well.
    Nineteen-year-old Ward, who avid gamers will better recognize by his
handle, "Offbeat Ninja," was not only a grand prize winner at the 2006
Canadian Championship for Xbox 360's Dead or Alive 4, but was also the gold
medal recipient at the 2006 WCG Grand Final in Monza, Italy. This year,
"Offbeat Ninja" will face strong competition from the many gamers
participating in the 2007 WCG Canadian Championship. Ward will be battling it
out alongside other gaming veterans such as Nick Perentesis (Starcraft:
Broodwar), Jonathan Garneau (Warcraft III: Frozen Throne) and Team EG
(Half-Life: Counter Strike), which will feature several new players this year.
Winners at the Canadian Championship will not only take home valuable prizes,
but will also represent Team Canada at the 2007 WCG Grand Final in Seattle,
Washington this October.
    "We're looking at a record-breaking event, with more than 200 gamers and
over 50,000 spectators expected at the 2007 WCG Canadian Championship, and we
couldn't be happier," said Stephan Richard, executive director, WCG Canada.
"We're seeing more and more people and sponsors like Samsung taking interest
and being supportive of professional-level gaming, proving that the industry
is thriving in Canada. We're proud of our commitment to be a part of it."
    Throughout the summer, thousands of gamers from coast-to-coast have been
taking part in qualifying events at gaming centres, online or through LAN
tournaments, vying for a coveted spot on the roster for the WCG Canadian
Championship. Three new games have been added to the WCG's official line-up
this year, including Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and Need for Speed:
Carbon for PC, as well as Gears of War for Xbox 360. Rounding out the line-up
to bring the number up to no less than eight different gaming tournaments this
year are Half-Life: Counter-Strike, Starcraft: Broodwar, Warcraft III: Frozen
Throne for PC, as well as Project Gotham Racing 3 and Dead or Alive 4 for Xbox
360. Gamers and spectators are also invited to check out Samsung's interactive
gamers' lounge on-site at the event where they can experience some of the
latest game-play-enhancing technology.
    "Samsung is proud to sponsor an event like the WCG, where gamers of all
levels, from fresh-faced amateur to established champion, can come together
and compete on the same stage," said Patricia Chung, Corporate Marketing
Manager, Samsung Electronics Canada. "We're looking forward to hosting the
event once again, bringing the WCG Canadian Championship back to Toronto where
the crowds will be bigger and the competition will be more exciting than ever

    About World Cyber Games
    South Korea-based International Cyber Marketing (
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. This year the winners
of each national event series will compete for the world championship title
and prizes worth more than $400,000. More than 700 competitors participated in
the WCG 2006 Grand Final from October 18 - 22 at the Autodromo Nazaional
Monza, a motor racing circuit that plays home to the Italian Grand Prix.
    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

    About Samsung Electronics
    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with
2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion.
Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 120 offices in 57 countries,
the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business,
Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and
Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing
global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs,
memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs.
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For further information: To learn more about the WCG, please visit; For more information about the 2007 WCG Canadian
Championship or Samsung Electronics, please contact: Shannon Morton, APEX
Public Relations, (416) 924-4442 ext. 253,

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