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UK gamers stumble during top match
Photo from Extreme Edition event, Intel
The Counter-Strike match was hard fought
UK-based gaming clan Four-Kings has suffered defeat in the second of a series of exhibition matches organised by Intel.

Four-Kings took on top Swedish clan Schroet Kommando at Counter-Strike during a weekend gaming event held in Oxford in late March.

Played over two legs, the UK's Four-Kings lost both encounters despite starting well and staging a late comeback in the second round.

For those that could not make it along a movie of the event has been filmed which features player interviews, strategy briefings and in-game action.

Map reading

The series of exhibition matches are being staged by Intel in a bid to establish pro-gaming as a new spectator sport.

The Four-Kings clan was the first in the UK to go professional and in this second exhibition match took on the clan widely acknowledged to be among the world's best.

The venue at Oxford Brookes University was kitted out with a stage on which the players sat, plasma screens that relayed the action to the crowd and a tiered seating area for spectators.

The Team Shoutcast Network supplied two commentators to describe the action as it unfolded.

The first match was played on the de_cbble map and Four-Kings won the first half by 7 - 5. However, Schroet Kommando pulled back and won the overall encounter 9 - 13.

Photo from Extreme Edition event, Intel
Post-match analysis of the action
The second match was on Schroet Kommando's favourite map, called de_nuke, and they won comfortably despite a late surge by Four-Kings. Score in this match was 2 - 13 to Schroet Kommando.

"The games themselves were excellent to watch and very exciting," said Simon Bysshe, who directed and edited the 35 minute movie about the second Extreme Edition event.

"Even if you don't understand Counter-Strike the shoutcasters still made it very clear what was happening."

Counter-Strike typically pits two teams against each other, one playing terrorists and the others counter-terrorists.

He said the film had been done in the style of a "Match of the Day" TV show with pre-game interviews, animated tactical rundowns, live 'shoutcasted' games and a post-match analysis.

Mr Bysshe said that in the first 24 hours that the film was put online it was downloaded more than 40,000 times.

Two versions of the film have been made. A .avi version that weighs in at 196MB and a Windows Media version that is 225MB in size.

The second Extreme Edition exhibition match was played at Landed Lan 6 held from 26-28 March.

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