9 Indian gamers to head for World Cyber Games Final in San Francisco

MUMBAI: Nine Indian gamers are headed to San Francisco to compete for US$ 400,000 prize at the World Cyber Games Final.

About seven hundred gamers from over sixty countries are set to participate in this event.



The India round of the world Cyber Games (WCG) was organized by Mumbai based Indiagames. While the electronic gaint Samsung was the main sponsor, AMD, Encompass and Sify co-sponsored the event that was held at the Hakone grounds in Mumbai.

According to an official release, the month long event that extended over 12 cities across the country received a colossal response.

Deepak Mallic, Lalit Nangia, Jenil Patel, Dhruv Parpia and Rahul Rohira from the team ?Acid? won in a game called Half Life- Counter Strike, while Nikunj Bansal (WarCraft), Ashwin Warrier (Unreal tournament), Shushmit Reddy (NFS underground) and Vishal Seth (FIFA 2004) were the individual winners. All the gaming wizards are just between 14 to 23 years of age.



Indiagames Ltd CEO Vishal Gondal says, ?It is heartening to see that the interest in gaming has magnified in the last couple of years from 7,000 participants in 2002 to a monstrous 4,00,000 registering this year. Such promising participation will surely enable gaming in India to grow in leaps and bounds ,which would make it possible for us to host the WCG world wide finals in 2006, the most prestigious event in gaming."

According to the release, with the ebullience in gaming on the up, gaming may soon turn out to be not just a passion but a career of the future.

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