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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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