Press Release – Winners of WCG ‘08 Singapore appeal for funds to compete in global championships

Singapore, August 26, 2008 – An online fund-raising campaign has been started to enable Singapore’s top cyber-athletes compete in the upcoming Grand Finals of the World Cyber Games (WCG) ‘08 in Cologne, Germany. This fund-raising campaign is crucial after gamers were stranded without sponsorship even though they qualified at the National Finals to represent Singapore. Three of these Singaporean champions are even medal hopefuls in Cologne

World Cyber Games (WCG) is the world’s largest and most recognized gaming festival. This year, more than 800 of the world’s best cyber-athletes from over 70 countries will be arriving in Cologne, Germany to compete.

Unless our six national cyber-athletes manage to raise S$5,000 each by September, they will not be able to represent Singapore in Cologne even though they won that opportunity by qualifying at the Singapore National finals.

Unlike other countries like China and South Korea, Singapore has yet to recognize cyber-gaming as a national sport. Therefore these cyber-athletes find a lack of structured support even though some of them have performed consistently well on the international stage.

In a last ditch attempt to participate and win in what has been hailed by some as the equivalent of the cyber Olympics, our national cyber-athletes have decided to personally raise the $30,000 needed to cover airfares, accommodation and tournament entrance fees.

Inspired by their maturity and determination, (Singapore) Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (SCOGA) has decided to help these cyber-athletes because one of the cornerstone of our mission is to “achieve international success and recognition for Singapore in competitive gaming”.

Some of our cyber-athletes actually stand a good chance of winning medals and bringing home the glory. Team members have previously won numerous pan-Asian and international titles including

– 2005 World Cyber Games International Grand Finals Dead or Alive 1st Runner Up
– 2006 World Cyber Games Asian Championship Dead or Alive Champion
– 2007 World Cyber Games Asian Championship Dead or Alive 1st Runner Up
– 2007 Championship Gaming Series Pan-Asian Championship Team Champion
– 2007 Championship Gaming Series World Finals FIFA Individual 2nd Runner-Up
– 2007 Championship Gaming Series World Finals Dead or Alive Individual Champion

The players who have won WCG ?08 Singapore and being supported in this fundraising are Mohamed Phirkhan s/o Mohamed Yusuf Khan (FIFA 08), Mohamed Fadhil Bin Mohamed Anwar (Need for Speed), Dennis Ooi (Command & Conquer 3), Lim Wei Yang (Warcraft III), Danny Koo Kwok En (Virtua Fighter 5) and Wilson Chia (Virtua Fighter 5).

Of these 6 players, SCOGA have strong reasons to believe that Wilson, Phirkhan and Danny have good medal chances in Cologne. However, SCOGA will be fund-raising for all 6 with a goal of S$30,000/- through our online website.

Donations can be made through Paypal, cheque, and by 28th of August, through eNETS which supports Mastercard and VISA. We have to reach our targets by early September 08. Sponsorships are also welcome.

At the time of writing, close to S$5,000/- have been raised through the gaming community and friends.

On behalf of our Singapore cyber-champions, we plead for your support to donate and help us spread the word – we have put up some banners and widgets which you can add to your own blogs and sites. Your support is crucial in sending these Singaporeans to „cyber Olympics? and win a medal for Singapore.

We do not have much time and every effort counts.

Notes to Editor:
– For complete player profiles, please visit http://www.SCOGA.org/sgchamps
– For more information on WCG, please visit http://www.worldcybergames.com
– For additional information or to interview the athletes, please contact Nicholas Khoo.

Contact Information:

Nicholas Khoo, SCOGA Co-Founder
Nicholas (at) SCOGA.org

Kelvin Tan, SCOGA President and Co-Founder
[email protected]

About SCOGA
SCOGA was formally registered as Cybersports and Online Gaming Association (Singapore) in Febuary 2008 with the mission “to develop local gaming communities, through education, to achieve international success and recognition for Singapore in competitive gaming”. In the midst of registering as a National Sports Association, the acronym SCOGA has been used instead of ‘COGA(S)’
because we plan to be the national organisation for Singapore eSports eventually with ‘Singapore’ in front of the organisation name. The executive committee is made up of some of the top cyberatheletes, coaches, managers of the Singapore eSports scene as well as concerned parents, educators and doctors. Our patron is Dr Yeo Ning Hong, who is also the current patron of
Singapore National Olympic Committee.

SCOGA is very much in our infancy and in the midst of planning exciting events for 2008/09. More information can be found on http://www.SCOGA.org

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