Canada's top gaming talent to converge in Toronto for the 2009 World Cyber Games Canadian championship

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The battle is heating up and the
competition will be fiercer than ever as more than 50 of Canada's top gamers
meet in Toronto for the 2009 World Cyber Games (WCG) Canadian championship.
From August 28-30, the Fan Expo Exhibit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
will act as the battleground for this year's championship, featuring the
talents of a number of former Canadian champions, along with several other
well-known Canadian gamers and some newcomers as well. Samsung returns as the
national sponsor this year, supplying the latest in its desktop monitor
line-up for the event.
    "We are very excited to return to the Fan Expo for a second time to host
the WCG Canada national final," says Stephan Richard, executive director, WCG
Canada. "We have a terrific event planned this year featuring many of the
country's top gamers who will compete for one of eight spots on Team Canada
and the opportunity to take part in the WCG Grand Final in China this
    Professional player Matt "Wizakor" Wood is returning to WCG in 2009 after
having ruled the virtual soccer world over the past two years. In 2007, Wood
took home honours as the first-place finisher in North America and then
dominated the global competition to become the world's CGS (Championship
Gaming Series) champion in FIFA 2007. Wood, 23, is one of Canada's medal
hopefuls for China 2009. Other returning champions include 2008 Guitar Hero
Canadian champion, Daniel "Mithin" Piacampo, 24, who finished 3rd in his group
at the 2008 WCG Grand Final in Germany and 2008 Virtua Fighter 5 Canadian
champion, Alan "Yamamba" Joseph, 24, who finished 5th in his group at the 2008
WCG Grand Final.
    The 2009 WCG Canadian championship features a roster of four titles that
will excite the novice as well as the hardcore gamers, including
Counter-Strike 1.6 (PC), FIFA Soccer 2009 (PC), Virtua Fighter 5 (XBOX) and
Guitar Hero: World Tour (XBOX). Throughout the summer, gamers from
coast-to-coast have taken part in online and offline qualifying events, vying
for a coveted spot on the roster for the WCG Canadian Championship. New this
year, WCG Canada is allowing players to qualify on-the-spot to compete in the
Canadian championship. The FIFA Soccer 2009, Virtua Fighter 5 and Guitar Hero:
World Tour tournaments are open to any eligible gamers who register on site on
Friday, August 28, in the WCG tournament area. There is limited space, so
registration is on a first come first serve basis.
    "Technology is at the forefront of the gaming industry making e-sports a
natural fit for Samsung to endorse," says Benjamin Lee, president of Samsung
Electronics Canada. "We are committed to backing our young cyber athletes and
through our innovative technology and continued support of the World Cyber
Games, we are providing a platform for gamers around the world to compete in
something they love."
    Samsung Electronics Canada is the national sponsor of the World Cyber
Games in Canada. Samsung's new state-of-the-art 2233RZ 3D monitor is the
official monitor of WCG 2009. Enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test
their hand at 3D gaming using the new monitor at Samsung's on-site interactive
gaming lounge located in the heart of the WCG gaming area at the Fan Expo. The
new monitors are compatible with NVIDIA's GeForce 3D Vision graphics card and
glasses, which convert over 350 game titles into an eye-popping stereoscopic
3D viewing experience.

    About The World Cyber Games

    World Cyber Games ( is the premiere global eSports tournament
and festival, with about 800 players from 78 countries participating at the
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, World Cyber Games uses a yearlong 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 2008 Grand Final was held in Cologne, Germany. This year's WCG Grand Final
will be held in Chengdu, China from November 11 to 15. To learn more about the
WCG, please visit

    About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

    Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. (SECA), a wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning digital
consumer electronics, information systems, telecommunications and home
appliance products.
    SECA upholds Samsung's mission to provide consumers with innovative
digital convergence products that possess exceptional technology, quality,
features, performance and value. The company oversees the Canadian operations
of Samsung's consumer electronics and home appliance division, as well as its
wireless terminals and information technology division.
    Samsung has been a global TOP sponsor of the Olympic Games since 1997 and
has been a presenting sponsor of the Olympic Torch Relay from 2004 to 2008.
Also through Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope charity, Samsung helps athletes
and celebrities raise funds for their respective charities, including the
Wayne Gretzky Foundation in Canada. Samsung is also a proud sponsor of Hockey
Canada, Stars on Ice, Toronto Football Club and is the official HDTV sponsor
of the NFL.
    For customer service inquiries, please call 1-800-SAMSUNG
(1-800-726-7864), and for more information, please visit

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For further information: Brock Penner, APEX Public Relations, (416)
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