In a few hours, homegrown heroes will land in Singapore to represent Australia in the WCG Asian Championships. It's a separate event to the World Cyber Games finals, but there's still 100 finalists from 13 countries grabbing for over $10,000, and of course, bragging rights.
With Europe, Korea and the US dominating their respective areas of eSports, it'd be nice if we could at least stamp our authority on Southeast Asia. We'll be up against Bangladesh, China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and of course, Singapore - the last of whom are having their national finals right now.
Scoorey is our man for FIFA 10. It's not ideal that the WCG have gone for the PC version of this game, which features a vastly inferior engine and a few nasty bugs, but at the next FIFA will have the same engine across console and PC.
Although Scoorey didn't win EA's local FIWC event (losing to his two mates, the three of which form a triumvirate dominating Aussie FIFA), he emerged victorious at the recent qualifiers at Supanova Sydney. He's probably lost count of how many times he's represented Australia and is ever the consistent competitor.
Missingo, the Great White Ninja will step up for Australia in Forza 3. Not naturally a Forza player, Missingo is more of an all-round racing talent, regularly winning competitions in Gran Turismo, Racedriver: GRID, and Colin MCrae: DIRT. Forza 3 is being accepted more and more as the competitive racer of choice though, so he might as well keep that disc in its tray.
"I've basically been finding the best players I can online and just racing against them," says Missingo. "My goal is to beat New Zealand. If I can at least do that, I'm happy!"
The good news is, our boys are capable of winning it. MCiTY have placed well in big global events, coming 2nd at last year's Gamescom, and took the Asian Championships' Silver Medal in 2008. In the past they've downed teams like MYM, so let's cross our collective Aussie fingers for what's probably our best prospect for Gold.
GLHF in Singapore, boys.