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Third World Gamer was recently invited by the organizers for the World Cyber Games (WCG) here in the Philippines to their press event in CityKart Racing, Sucat. With WCG 2008 looming on the horizon, the press event was their means of announcing that the preliminary competitions would be underway starting May 17, 2008. As announced previously, the following are the listing of games included for the World Cyber Games:

Console Games:

Guitar Hero III
Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena

PC Games:

Counterstrike 1.6
Warcraft III: Frozen Throne
Command and Conquer III: Kane's Wrath
Defense of the Ancients
Need For Speed: Pro-Street

To be clear, the organizers for WCG are looking for players to represent the Philippines for two international competitions: the Asian Cyber Games (ACG), and the World Cyber Games (WCG). The finals for the ACG will be held in Singapore while the finals for the WCG will be in Cologne, Germany.

Since our blog focuses more on the console side of the competition, we're putting more emphasis on this. Esports is looking for one player for the WCG for Guitar Hero III, and they are also looking for two players for the ACG--one for Guitar Hero III and another one for Virtua Fighter 5 Live Arena. From what I recall, the Philippine finals for Guitar Hero III will choose two winners. The first placer will be the representative for the WCG while the 2nd runner up will be the representative for the ACG. For Virtua Fighter 5, the winner will be the representative for the ACG. In summary:

WCG (Xbox 360): Guitar Hero III
ACG (Xbox 360): Guitar Hero III and Virtua Fighter 5

Despite the fact that the platform for the competition will be the Xbox 360, the organizers are encouraging console players from various platforms to join the competition. Both GH3 and VF5 are multiplatform games, so gamers on the PS2, PS3, and Wii are welcome to join the event.

From the press release provided during the press event, this is a listing of THE PRIZES UP FOR GRABS FOR THE CHAMPIONS IN EACH CATEGORY:

  • 30,000 PESOS IN CASH
  • The latest SAMSUNG mobile phone
  • Quad Core processor from Intel
  • Villman Flash drives
  • Logitech mouse and keyboard
  • Sparkle Video Cards
  • Gift Certificates from SM
  • Gift Certificates from Worlds of Fun
  • A Game Box from Datablitz
  • A One-year subscription to Playground Magazine.
Based on my understanding of the press release provided to me, technically this means that if you win, let's say the Guitar Hero III competition, you get all that loot. O_O

And you get the honor to represent the Philippines for the World Cyber Games 2008. That includes the trip to Cologne, Germany if you qualified for the WCG or the trip to Singapore.

There are also other prizes listed on this page of esports; it says that winners who make it to the National Finals get 1,000 PESOS each. More details are provided on this page here, click this link.

In a nutshell, that's one incredible set of prizes, folks. Just for playing video games! Wow. And there are even prizes for just playing and qualifying for the NATIONAL FINALS. You could screw up and lose in the national finals but still be 1,000 pesos richer. Oh my goodness.....

In addition, PINOYXBOX is planning to raffle off PRIZES for players who simply participate for the WCG 2008 console game preliminaries! Thanks to one of the sellers in our community, Wakka05, we are able to have a raffle to give away XBOX 360 GAMES and other console-gaming related items! The raffle prizes are the following:

1 Virtua Figher 5 Live Arena (Asian Version)
1 Universe at War Earth Assault (Asian Version)
1 Project Gotham Racing 4 (Asian Version)
1 Ver1.3B HDMI Cable
5 200 Peso discount coupons for buying games from Pinoyxbox's Wakka05

Why are we doing this? I'll give you the straight up simple reason: We want to show the organizers of the WCG that interest in CONSOLE GAMING does exist in this country. I know there are gamers who play on modified consoles, gamers who are a generation behind, etcetera....but regardless, the interest in CONSOLE GAMING is there. The possibility to spark interest in establishing console-gaming-related businesses is there. I believe that the numbers exist, it's just that we have to find a way to make the gamers show up in events like this. Now I'm sure some people would think, "But I'm not that good in Guitar Hero! I'm going to lose!" and they're not going to bother with the trouble of joining this thing. But think about can win some great items even if you don't qualify for the World Cyber Games at all!

It's a gamer's dream come true, if you ask me. And you get to revel in an epic, video gaming-focused event that normally doesn't come along that often here in our corner of the globe.

So, as a Pinoy gamer, what are you waiting for....sign up for the console gaming preliminaries today, let's show the organizers that interest in console gaming is strong in this country. It's one small step towards the dream of official support for console gaming. And you get the chance to win some great stuff, too. It's not just's the opportunity to meet with fellow gamers, and just swim in a sea of gaming goodness. Think of it as being at E3....or think of it as being at the gaming convention that you've always dreamed of going to. It's going to be a gaming spectacle, folks. Come to the preliminaries, join the games, and show your gaming doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's going to be an incredible experience like no other.

Register for the Console Gaming preliminaries here at

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