THEALE 17 July 2001- As the UK gears up to host the ELSA CPL
(Cyber Athletes Professional League) European Championships 2001, organiser
Edward Watson makes a plea for PC gaming to be taken seriously as a sport.
"We will have hundreds of skilled sportsmen along to the
Novotel in Hammersmith on August 3-5th and yet there will be no Henmania or
blanket TV coverage to cheer them along.
All because of ill-informed stereotyping and prejudice.
There are currently five million PC gamers in this country. Surely they
can't all be geeks." Says Watson, who is also founder of the UK PC gaming
bar, The Playing Fields.
According to Watson the games are both physically and
mentally challenging and conform to just about any criterion of sport that
you could imagine. "We will have about 300 people competing for big money
prizes-EUR30,000 in cash. At the same time another 300 enthusiasts will be
able to play, just for fun, in separate parts of the venue as well as join
the expected 1,000 spectators to watch the professionals, their idols in
action on huge screens.
"The guys play multiplayer-games like Quake III and Half
Life Counterstrike, which demand extremely high levels of skill and many
hours of training. This is a far cry from the sad loner single person shoot
'em up image that the media seems to be fixated with."
Peter Griffin marketing manager for sponsors ELSA, who make
the high powered graphics board that make PC gaming possible, insisted that
the sport is also highly televisual and deserves its share of TV coverage.
"There will be live video and action replays just like any other sport. Who
knows we could be looking at the cyber games version of the next David
Beckham, Tim Henman or even, dare I say, Goran Invanisovic!"
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