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September 09, 2005
New York videogamers compete at the World Cyber Games
In addition to the U.S. Open tennis tournament, there's another major tournament taking place in the city today and Saturday: the U.S. Finals of the World Cyber Games. At the Hammerstein Ballroom, videogamers will compete for $34,000 in prize money, as well as possible corporate sponsorships and a trip to the World Cyber Games Grand Final in Singapore in November.
The New York Post goes behind the scenes to look at the types of New York-area teens competing in the event -- like the 19-year-old New Jersey-based Verizon repairman who just happens to be one of the world's best players of "Counter-Strike." Or the Manhattan College sophomore who made $30,000 playing videogames last year. All told, there will be 16 teams from around the nation playing a wide range of different videogames in front of "thousands" of spectators.
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