Let the electronic games begin

Cyberwarriors from around the world are meeting in Seoul for their first computer-game Olympics.

Cyberwarriors from around the world are meeting in Seoul for their first computer-game Olympics.

The World Cyber Game Challenge opened at the weekend with 170 challengers from 17 nations, including Australia, Britain and the US.

Events include Quake III, Fifa 2000, Age of Empires and Starcraft. Winners can walk off with a $60,000 top prize and look forward to lucrative contracts.

South Korea is hosting the tournament to boost its computer games industry and already claims to be the largest games market outside the US. It reports a games industry worth $1.3b, growing by 15% a year, together with 20,000 high-speed Internet access games rooms, up from 100 in 1998.

The games end on Sunday, October 15.

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