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The World Cyber Games continues to gain support and popularity from around the world

ArsTechnica reports that the World Cyber Games (WCG) has a new sponsor -- Microsoft.  Because professional gaming is continuing to gain support and popularity around the world, Microsoft saw this as a new opportunity to make sure that Microsoft Windows and the Xbox 360 game console will be exclusive gaming platforms during all WCG events.  Although financial terms have not been officially disclosed, we know that Microsoft will provide all hardware for the WCG from this year until 2008.  Even if the WCG isn't widely covered on national TV in the future, Microsoft will benefit by making sure its console is the one used at official tournaments.
A lot of professional game players, especially Korean gamers, seem to make good money by playing video games professionally.  The world's best known gamer, Jonathan Fatal1ty Wendel, makes a very nice income, and has corporate sponsorship from companies, including Creative and ABIT. From the report:

From its humble origins in 2000, the World Cyber Games has grown into an event featuring over 800 competitors from countries all around the world. The 2006 World Cyber Games will be held in Monza, Italy (home of the F1 race track) over five days in October, and will offer nearly US$500,000 in prize money. Some of that dough will come from the WCG's new sponsor, Microsoft.

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Some would dispute that
By peternelson on 4/15/2006 2:16:26 AM , Rating: 2

"The world's best gamer, Jonathan Fatal1ty Wendel"



erm doesn't it depend WHICH game.

He is a WELL KNOWN gamer because of some sponsorship deals, and being over-hyped.

RE: Some would dispute that
By Xorp on 4/15/2006 2:49:12 AM , Rating: 2
No, he is extremely good at "his" games. He's not over-hyped at all, he's amazingly good at Painkiller, UT, and Quake. There's a reason he has got such good sponors. If someone else was as good as him at the games that have big tourneys, they would have been as popular as him.

RE: Some would dispute that
By Griswold on 4/15/2006 11:30:00 AM , Rating: 2
There is always a bigger fish out there. Just because sponsors stick with their product - pardon me - man, doesnt mean there aint somebody out there right now, who cant be better at "his" games. Not like he attends all tournaments or leagues.

RE: Some would dispute that
By PseudoKnight on 4/15/2006 4:49:11 AM , Rating: 2
He's one of the best players in any game he's competed in. Of course, all the games he's competed in are FPS, AFAIK.

There is no gamer competing today that would better suit that title, but perhaps it should be amended to "World's Best FPS Gamer".

RE: Some would dispute that
By PseudoKnight on 4/15/2006 4:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
... then again, maybe he's good at other genres as well but hasn't seriously considered them.

RE: Some would dispute that
By GhandiInstinct on 4/15/2006 7:57:44 PM , Rating: 1
perhaps it should be amended to "World's Best FPS Gamer".

Quoted for Absolute Truth.

RE: Some would dispute that
By peternelson on 4/16/2006 3:16:34 AM , Rating: 2

Ok, MAYBE he is the world's best competitive league-ENTERING gamer for CERTAIN (a minority of) fps genre games in those territories where he has been a competitor.

For example there are only about 500 people entering this competition. Compared to six billion people on the planet I doubt he is the very best of all because some gamers might have school or college, university or work to attend, or childcare demands on their time stopping them flying abroad to enter such competitions. Also they may be very good but just game for fun not competitively.

RE: Some would dispute that
By PseudoKnight on 4/16/2006 4:05:31 AM , Rating: 2
This is a horrible argument as the same can be said of any sport or profession.

RE: Some would dispute that
By PseudoKnight on 4/16/2006 4:07:32 AM , Rating: 2
... and just because someone COULD be better than him doesn't mean he's not the best.

RE: Some would dispute that
By peternelson on 4/16/2006 3:03:43 PM , Rating: 2

There is a difference between BEING the best and BEING SEEN TO BE the best.

Some people work very hard and excel in their fields whether education, human rights, etc, but they may get overlooked in favour of someone better known but lesser achievement when say knighthoods and honours are being given out recognising such things.

So the clever person does their work, yes, but they create good PR around themselves so that they come to attention. Those not motivated by broad recognition might decide just to get on with the good work and not draw attention to themselves. As a result they could be overlooked.

Others may feel that they don't need to enter a competition to PROVE how good they are.

RE: Some would dispute that
By peternelson on 4/16/2006 3:11:08 PM , Rating: 2

Taking that idea further would you say someone is only beautiful if they enter and win a beauty pageant?

Some men would claim that their girlfriend or wife is the most beautiful woman in the whole world, even compared to Miss America or Miss World.

Some of the most beautiful women don't actually enter such pageant competitions.

Can't you see ANY parallels with gaming?

Yes he won some competitions and obviously I rate him as a better gamer than myself, but I've also met some very good gamers.

And some incredibly beautiful women who would never dream of or even want to enter for Miss World.

RE: Some would dispute that
By PseudoKnight on 4/17/2006 1:05:27 AM , Rating: 2
Beauty and skill are very different. One you need to develop and the other can just be accentuated.

But anyway, being the World's Best FPS Gamer is a title, not an absolute.

By GhandiInstinct on 4/14/2006 9:26:11 PM , Rating: 1
Honestly, cyber tournaments aren't meant to last, no matter how popular the sponsor, the only people interested in attending these tournaments are the participants themselves, to the average consumer there is no attraction here.

It's just to fuel the gaming epidemic amongst all current generation adolesence.

Not that it's a bad thing.

Promote more microsoft! make more!

RE: Well
By PseudoKnight on 4/14/2006 11:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
You'd be surprised how many people watch these events live. That number grows even more with the amount of downloads of the recorded events.

The quality of coverage could be better, but it's surprisingly good most of the time considering who's doing it.

RE: Well
By PseudoKnight on 4/14/2006 11:10:11 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, the CPL has held tournaments for about nine years now.

Microsoft sponsors
By crystal clear on 4/15/2006 2:08:16 AM , Rating: 1
microsoft sponsors anything/everybody that serves its own interest.At this event they are in search for talent to grab up.MS are investing heavily in the area of games & this is just the place for that.The right time at the right place is the policy.They are on a talent hunt in short.

RE: Microsoft sponsors
By peternelson on 4/15/2006 2:22:16 AM , Rating: 2

I can understand why they are doing this. It is also why we pay $$$$ for games and $$$$ for MS office.

Yes this may ensure plenty of xbox are available for the competition.

But Sony don't need to do this because PS3 WILL BE EVERYWHERE without attempts to push it like this. Their market share will not erode overnight.

RE: Microsoft sponsors
By crystal clear on 4/15/06, Rating: 0
RE: Microsoft sponsors
By Griswold on 4/15/2006 11:27:28 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously, the PS3 will not be everywhere. At least not in such tournaments - MS will take care of that, as long as they sponsor them.

Besdies that, as far as I can see, consoles play no role in these "professional cyber sport" events. At least it doesnt seem to be the case right now, as the masses and the "elite" still play their matches on windows PCs.

READ the article!
By pudentane on 4/16/2006 11:07:29 AM , Rating: 2
It says "best KNOWN gamer". Sheesh.

RE: READ the article!
By peternelson on 4/16/2006 2:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
Duh, I think it has now been EDITED from the original wording.

I would accept best KNOWN, but as for best gamer, there are MANY MANY GAMES Wendel has never even played, so he would probably easily get beaten on those until he built up some experience.

Final Saying:
By GhandiInstinct on 4/16/2006 4:57:34 PM , Rating: 1

RE: Final Saying:
By peternelson on 4/16/2006 9:26:43 PM , Rating: 2

Agreed, but from his photos, I don't think he would win many beauty contests ;-)

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