10-11-2004, 06:41 AM #1
Americans crowned 'Counter Strike' champs
For all us CS nutz out there...
SAN FRANCISCO - Amid fanfare fit for actual world-class athletes, five Americans with really quick fingers took home the gold medal in the popular “Counter Strike” competition of the World Cyber Games championships, capping five days of intense gaming by the world’s elite.
Team3D defeated the Titans of Denmark on Sunday in the counterterrorism-themed PC game, where operatives stake out ramshackle buildings with high-powered sniper rifles and other weapons to take out their foes.
Team3D consists of Salvatore Garozzo, Johnny Quach, Dave Geffon, Ronald Kim and Kyle Miller. The squad also took home $50,000 for their video game prowess. If they plan to pop a bottle of celebratory champagne, only Geffon is old enough to take a legal sip, as his teammates are all under 21.
Many players of online PC games know each other only through nicknames, e-mails and game contests where they never actually meet. This contest allowed gamers to compete in person.
“It really is a great opportunity to meet people from across the world,” Geffon said after grabbing the gold.
Organizers said about 30,000 people attended the World Cyber Games championships and outdoor festivities over five days.
The event’s organizers said the final match was watched by an enthusiastic crowd, affirming what others in Europe and Asia have known for years: Top-tier video game playing can become a viable spectator sport when the stakes are high.
Winners at this year’s event, which took over the streets near San Francisco City Hall, took home a combined $400,000, according to organizers. The video game industry rakes in $10 billion annually in the United States alone.
This was the first time in its four-year history that the World Cyber Games has been held outside of South Korea. The event is primarily the brain child of marketing whiz Hank Jeong, backed by the financial muscle of Samsung.
In addition to “Counter Strike: Condition Zero” and “WarCraft III: Frozen Throne,” players competed in “FIFA Soccer 2004,” “Need For Speed: Underground,” “StarCraft: Brood War,” Unreal Tournament: 2004,” “Halo” and “Project Gotham Racing 2.”
All of the games were played on PCs, except “Halo” and “Project Gotham Racing 2,” which were played on Microsoft’s Xbox.
10-11-2004, 08:12 AM #2
Man, if AandF6969 went to that, we would get kicked out so fast. We play battlefield 1942 in his basement all the time and get so pissed when we get killed and cuss like sailors. Then when we kill other players its "HAHA FVCK YOU" Then when we get pissed it usualy turns to teamkilling and getting banned from the server. Its funny when you and another guy are running towards an apache and you know he will get there first so you blow it up w/ a stinger just cuz you know you cant have it.
10-11-2004, 09:30 AM #3
they are the champs, bc i am bizzee...loool
10-11-2004, 10:24 AM #4
Its well known throughout the more intelligent countries, for example England. That the only reason they are the best at CS is that they are the fattest country in the world, have the most nerds and eat the most McDonalds.
That is why they are the best at CS.
10-11-2004, 10:25 AM #5Originally Posted by Soldier of Misfortune
10-11-2004, 11:31 AM #6
OmFG! USA > D3NAMRK n00BZ
10-11-2004, 11:32 AM #7Originally Posted by MESSY_UK
10-11-2004, 11:35 AM #8
We rented it for PS2 once, it sucked. The PC version looks ok tho, never got into it.
10-11-2004, 11:56 AM #9
halo 2 will own your CS
10-11-2004, 01:11 PM #10Originally Posted by MMC78
Yep, i still play it nowadays, ace game. Its the first online game i ever bought, and stil one of the best
10-11-2004, 01:16 PM #11Originally Posted by itsallmental
10-11-2004, 02:53 PM #12
yea i was watching it. SK didnt even take broze.
best match though of the year was between Rival and EYEBallers, i think thats what it was, it was a semi-finals match of the summer cpl.
10-11-2004, 02:54 PM #13Originally Posted by MESSY_UK
the realm of dominance in CS comes from sweden.
10-11-2004, 02:56 PM #14Originally Posted by Rhino58
10-11-2004, 04:16 PM #15
I thought Halo 1 sucked donkey balls and from what i hear 2 not much different other then the online play. So im not excited....
10-11-2004, 04:59 PM #16
These gamers actually get sponsored by high end computer companys and get salaries to play at home. One of my friends thats addicted to CS says that team3d's members make at least 40k a year just sitting home and playing a game.
10-12-2004, 06:04 AM #17Originally Posted by iNvid
They are sponsored by COMPUSA and Nvidia. Several teams in the European scene are sponsored by Intel. And they do have a regular salary no matter how they perform.
10-12-2004, 09:29 AM #18
Ive never played halo, is it good?
CS = n00bs.
10-12-2004, 10:34 AM #19
Mortal Kombat 2 for Genesis is the greatest game of all time..
It is a very good game, but Donkey Kong is the greatest game of all time
10-12-2004, 10:40 AM #20
Pacman is good, but Frogger is where it's at baby!
10-12-2004, 11:29 AM #21
Nope ur all wrong...Pong was and is still the best game....
10-12-2004, 11:53 AM #22
You all suck. Zelda is the best.
10-12-2004, 11:57 AM #23Originally Posted by YoungGuns20
10-12-2004, 12:51 PM #24Originally Posted by Maraxus
10-19-2004, 10:20 AM #25Originally Posted by TooSmall
Id rather have a beer.
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