Game Battle Heats Up in Asia

“And it’s a goal for Singapore!” the commentator screamed as fans erupted, pumping their fists and roaring to celebrate an equalizer against Romania. But far from an ordinary soccer match, this game was contested by two gamers pounding away at keyboards at the World Cyber Games — the computer industry’s equivalent of the Olympics.
The total prize money of $430,000 at this week’s event is more than some Asian Tour golf tournaments pay out — and some of the 700 game enthusiasts from 67 countries who have gathered in Singapore for the tournament play for a living.
Awe-struck spectators craned their necks to get a glimpse of well-known gamers as they hunkered over their machines to play FIFA Soccer 2005, shooting games like Counter Strike: Source, and real-time strategy games like WarCraft III: The Frozen Throne.
Wired News: Game Battle Heats Up in Asia

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