World Cyber Games Ireland announced
By Cian Ginty
Details of the regional heats for the World Cyber Games Ireland 2007 have been announced for Dublin and the Midlands.
World Cyber Games Ireland — the Irish qualifiers for the World Cyber Games in Seattle — are to be held again this year at the Digital Hub, and will take place on 15 and 16 September. Last year 136 participants fought it out to represent Ireland at the global event, which is commonly dubbed the gaming Olympics.
Players will have to prove that they are over 18, be an Irish passport holder, and should be available to travel to Seattle in October for the finals. The Irish event is supported by the State agency the Digital Hub, Microsoft, and website LanParty.ie.
In order to get to the Irish qualifiers in September gamers must first make it through the regional competitions. The regional heats in the Midlands, organised with Midlans.net, will take place on Friday, 20 July to Sunday, 22 July at the Streete Community Centre, Streete, in Co Westmeath. Meanwhile, the Dublin regionals, in association with the GameCon, will be held at the Griffith College Conference Centre on Friday, 17 August to Sunday, 19 August.
The Midlands event has a capacity of 400 players, while the Dublin affair can hold up to 250 players. Both are being held along with regular ‘LAN parties’ — multiplayer games events where gamers play against each other for competition and fun over LANs or local area networks.
Details of a third regional leg in Galway have yet to be made public.
The World Cyber Games Finals in Seattle will see gamers from around the world fight on over 10 games. But due to issues with gaming sponsorship in Ireland, Irish gamers are limited to three games; Counter Strike 1.6 on PC with a team of five, Project Gotham Racing 3 on Xbox, and FIFA 07 on PC.
Last year at the World Cyber Games Finals a gamer named ‘KeyserSoze5′ on team Ireland gained a respectable 12 points but failed to qualify out of group A in the Xbox game Project Gotham Racing. Unfortunately, others on the Irish team failed to win more games then they lost.
For more information on the regionals and qualifiers see www.worldcybergamesireland.com/.