The players selected in the Portuguese final of the World Cyber Games, which took place in September, now have a new challenge to face the best from all over the world in the World Wide Final of the World Cyber Games 2008 that starts today in Cologne, Germany, and extends until Sunday.
The Portuguese delegation consists of 13 players, 2 referees, a team leader and a person responsible for the delegation. The national final of World Cyber Games was integrated in the first cyber-cultural festival MyGames On, held in September, where the best players of the Guitar Hero, Need For Speed ProStreet, Halo 3, Counter Strike and Fifa 2008 titles were selected.
This year the World Cyber Games final has 800 players from all over the world selected from competitors who participated in the qualifying series that took place during the year. World Cyber Games was recently recognized as one of the largest video game competitions with 1.5 million players.
The city of Lisbon will be a candidate to host the world final of the World Cyber Games in 2011. The organization of the national final said in September that it intends to start the application process to bring the grand final in 2011, since China was elected to host the event next year.