Sify Gamedromes announces national tournament

MUMBAI: Sify Gamedrome, the gaming chain from Sify Limited will conduct a national online Counter Strike Condition Zero (CZ) tourney for the first time. The tournament will be held across 202 Gamedromes in 60 cities over a period of 45 days.

Counter Strike Condition Zero Battle is one of the leading online action games globally, and is the headliner at competitive gaming tournaments around the world. The Grand National finals will be held on 2 October. Around 10,000 gaming enthusiasts and seven million registered online users are expected to participate in this first ever National Online Tourney.

Speaking on the announcement of this exciting new online games initiative, Sify Access Media president Pijush Kanti Das, said "The first ever Gamedrome National Online Counter Strike CZ Battle Tourney is being supported by an exclusive tie- up with Animax for television coverage. An online campaign with a microsite on, banners on the homepages of the increasingly popular and, as well as promotional e-mailers and wallpapers across our over 3400 iWays and Gamedromes will spread the excitement. For we are committed to developing the community of online gamers in India, and expect this national level tournament to be the first of many such initiatives".

The contestants will have an opportunity to win prizes worth Rs 1 million right from the Mock Tournaments at the regional levels to the Grand National Finals. The Tourney will start with mock tournaments at each participating Sify Gamedrome. The winners at each Gamedrome will then play at the Gamedrome level on 22-23 September. The winners at the Gamedrome level will then play the city finals on 30 September. The zonal level, regional level and the grand final tournament will take place on September 1st 06 and September 2nd 06 respectively.

The national winners of a team of five players will get Sony Erricson (W) series handsets worth more than a lakh of rupees. At a regional level, gift hampers from Gigabyte worth Rs 25,000 will be distributed to each winning team of five players. The zonal level and Gamedrome level will receive prizes worth Rs 10,000 each and gift hamper worth Rs 1,000 each respectively.

Online games have witnessed rapid growth in the recent past with 202 Gamedromes across 60 cities in the country with a growing number of dedicated online gamers. In addition, over 1000 iWays across the country have games enabled PCs. Sify's Gamedromes and games enabled iWays have both the latest and most popular games across all genres, including racing, action, sports, strategy and online games on high-end multi-media computers.

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