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Briton claims first gaming gold

 

British gamer Shaun Clark has won the UK's first gaming gold at the World Cyber Games.

Mr Clark, aka Apollooo, took the top medal in the Command & Conquer 3 tournament at the week-long festival of video gaming held last week in Seattle.

 

The gold is the first the UK has claimed in the six years that the global tournament has been staged.

 

Britons also took a silver and bronze in other games to put the UK in sixth place in the overall medal rankings.

 

Medal tally

 

Mr Clark struggled in the opening stages of the tournament in which he had to take on the top US and German players of the real-time strategy title C&C3: Tiberium Wars.

 

However, once past the German ace Mr Clark, who plays for the Team Dignitas pro-gaming team, made steady progress through the playoffs before triumphing in the final. For his work Mr Clark picked up a cheque for $12,000 (£5,877).

 

David Treacy, aka Zaccubus, managed to win the silver medal in the Tony Hawk Project 8 tournament and picked up $5,000. In the final he lost to American Dustin Valcalda.

 

British guild Infused Gaming, comprising Luke Shakespeare, Callum McManus, Jaden Dennis and Joshua Nino De Guzman, took the bronze in the Gears of War tournament. They share an $8,000 prize pot.

 

The USA came top of the medal table and scored three gold medals.

 

In total the tournament handed out cash prizes worth a total of $448,000 over the three days of the gaming festival to gamers. More than 700 players from 70 nations attended the grand final event in Seattle.

 

Those taking part in Seattle qualified via regional competitions held around the world in the months leading up to the final.

 

In 2008 the final will be held in Cologne, Germany.

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£5k for playing computer games? is there a pro evo competition?

 

Thats knack all compared with the Pro CS players, £120k slaray and flights, hotles etc paid!!

 

i'm clearly in the wrong business

 

:razz:

 

Aye, aint we all. If only I could be Michael Owen 100k for doing as little as possible!

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