WCG USA Announces Online Qualifiers for 2011 National Finals

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ESS Agency, the official U.S. strategic partner of the World Cyber Games (WCG), today announced the launch of the new WCG USA community website http://us.wcg.com and the opening of player registration for the free online qualifiers to the 2011 WCG USA National Finals.

ESS Agency, the official U.S. strategic partner of the World Cyber Games (WCG), today announced the launch of the new WCG USA community website http://us.wcg.com and the opening of player registration for the free online qualifiers to the 2011 WCG USA National Finals. With over 1.5 million video gamers competing around the world to represent their nations for medals, prestige and cash prizes, these online qualifiers will offer U.S. citizens the opportunity to compete for a chance to be a member of Team USA at the 2011 WCG Grand Finals to be held in South Korea later this year.

This six official game titles for the 2011 WCG USA program:

  • StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ (Blizzard Entertainment) - 1v1
  • Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai Games) - 1v1
  • Counter-Strike 1.6 (Valve) - 5v5
  • Crossfire (Neowiz Games/Smilegate) - 5v5
  • League of Legends (Riot Games) - 5v5
  • World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™ (Blizzard Entertainment) - 3v3

Online qualifiers for each game title kick-off on April 25th, 2011 and are ongoing through the Summer. Winners of each online qualifier will earn a spot and travel stipend for the WCG USA 2011 National Finals being held later this Fall. At the National Finals live event, the qualifier winners will be competing against each other to become the U.S. champions and join Team USA.

Fans and spectators will be able to watch live video streams of key game matches throughout the online qualifiers and the National Finals. Over 100 hours of live streams will feature the country’s top video game talent and be commentated by the best eSports shoutcasters in the U.S. Post-match video on-demand (VODs) will be available for replay on the WCG USA website and syndicated through the WCG U.S. social network pages.

“This year’s WCG USA program features a terrific line-up of game titles and offers gamers an incredible opportunity to put their skills to the test in a free, fun, and safe environment,” said Craig Levine, ESS’ VP of Business Development. “With more opportunities to compete, an increase in original and live content, and an updated website, WCG USA 2011 will offer exciting content and match-play for every eSports fan and video game enthusiast.”

For more information or to register to play in the online qualifiers, please visit the new WCG USA community website at http://us.wcg.com. Registered players and fans are also encouraged to visit the website for announcements and content throughout the qualifiers.

About World Cyber Games (WCG)
Founded in 2000, World Cyber Games Inc. (WCG) is the organizer of the longest running global eSports tournament and festival in existence. Credited with launching the professional careers of many of the planet's top video game competitors, WCG uses a yearlong tournament format, which begins with online,national and regional competitions around the world. Top national competitors then convene to compete in the ultimate global eSports tournament, the World Cyber Games Grand Final, where they compete for prizes, and most of all, prestige. In 2010, celebrating its 10th anniversary, 450 players from 58 countries came over to Los Angeles, USA to compete for the world champion title. For more information visit WCG.com

About ESS Agency
ESS Agency (formerly E-Sports Services) was founded in 2006 and has become a top event services and technology agency focused on connecting brands with their audience through video game entertainment. ESS delivers branded and technology solutions for experiential marketing agencies and clients that exceed goals and deliver results. Additionally, ESS has developed a suite of proprietary audience capture technologies that are deployed worldwide by major consumer brands and companies. For more information visit http://www.essagency.com

Media Contacts:
Edward Tomasi
edward(at)essagency(dot)com / 212-845-9127

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