The Super Bowl of Gaming
Some of the greatest hands in the world clashed this past weekend in the Big Apple, with more than a hundred grand in cash and prizes on the line. The first-ever TransAtlantic Showdown video gaming contest took place at the AOL Time Warner Center near New York City’s Columbus Circle between European- and American-based teams, who competed in Warcraft 3, Counter-Strike and a couple different versions of Quake. The groups were winners in their respective regional competitions, the EuroCup and AmeriCup.
The competition was hosted by the Global Gaming League (GGL), which organizes many different events of this kind. GGL also broadcast the TransAtlantic Showdown in streaming video over the Internet through its Web site, so viewers could follow all of the virtual action on their PCs.
In the final trophy tally, the American teams came out on top (USA! USA!). But with all the participants getting free trips to New York to do nothing but play video games for a long weekend, the old cliché applies: Everyone really was a winner here. ‘Til next year…