Electronic Sports World Cup in San Jose

August 25, 2008 7:13:41 PM PDT
650 gamers from 40 countries will compete for championship titles and prize money at the sixth Electronic Sports World Cup, held this year in San Jose.

It's a battle to the death between the Chinese and the Americans. These two teams are trying to plant bombs in each other's bunkers, all while killing off their opponents with automatic weapons in the video game Counterstrike. Each successful explosion wins a point for the team. Reaching 16 points means a win. The Americans won this round.

"They play three, four times a week, multiple hours a day. Good chemistry good teamwork. That's what it's all about," says American team coach Vincent Pagliano.

Matthieu Dallon is the man who started all this international video game warfare.

"They are all national champions. They want to earn the prize money of $200,000," says Dallon.

Five teams will divide that money. Dallon is the founder of the ESWC, the Electronic Sports World Cup. Yes, it's considered a sport and don't try telling any of these gamers any different.

"But in the brain; reflexes -- that's very physical," says Dallon.

The Swedish team are the current Counterstrike world champions.

"You need good team players good team chemistry, like all the aspects you need in normal team sports," says Swedish team member Harley Orwall.

The women gamers don't hold back on their enthusiasm or their gunfire. The Swedes are playing the Germans, who if Laura is any judge, are not worried about financial gain.

"It's about the competition, about the team," says competitor Laura Van Assche.

While winning these games takes skill, it also takes endurance. Some duels last for more than three hours. All these teams have sponsors in their own countries. There is also individual competition; one player against another in games like Quake 3 and Warcraft.

For the past five years, these games have been held in Paris. San Jose brought the games to the U.S. for the first time this year.

This video game and technology event at the San Jose Convention Center lasts until Wednesday.


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