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Germany takes cyber games crown
Screenshot from Fifa 2003
Germany shows its football pedigree in the virtual world
Germany has triumphed in the Olympics of video games, topping the medal rankings in a global tournament in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

It took a total of five medals in the World Cyber Games, ahead of online gaming giants Taiwan and South Korea.

The UK team made do with ninth place, winning only a silver and bronze medal.

The competition pitted 600 gamers from 55 countries against each other in eight different games to find the best players and gaming nations.

Gaming powerhouse

This was the third year the World Cyber Games have been held in South Korea, with a total of $350,000 cash up for grabs by the winners.

Korea has dominated the world of computer gaming in the past, with some 7,000 public gaming centres and cafes in the capital alone.

Screenshot from Halo
South Korea
For the past two years, it has taken the top spot in the World Cyber Games, but now Germany has emerged as the new powerhouse of online gaming.

It has transferred its skills on the football pitch to the computer screen. In the gaming tournament, it won both the individual and team matches in the football video game, Fifa 2003.

It also took the gold in the Age of Mythology competition, as well as a couple of silver medals.

Taiwan came second in the rankings, with a total of four medals. South Korea was third with three.

The UK scraped into the top 10 of the medal rankings with just two gongs. It won a silver in the strategy game Warcraft III and bronze in the sci-fi first person shooter Halo.

The World Cyber Games are one of the biggest events on the gaming calendar. Across the world, more than 250,000 people took part in competitions to reach the finals.

The tournament is sponsored by the Korean Government as part of its efforts to encourage the video games industry.

For the past three years, the finals have been held in South Korea. But next year, the even will take place in San Francisco, California.

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