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America takes world gaming crown
Players at the World Cyber Games, AFP/Getty
More than 700 players took part in the gaming tournament
The US has been declared the top gaming nation at the World Cyber Games.

America's 16 players won two gold medals and one silver to top the national rankings at the gaming event.

Coming in second was South Korea and third Brazil. Britain could only manage joint 18th position as players struggled to cope with the strength of skills on display.

UK pro-gaming clan Four-Kings had some success as one of its overseas members won bronze in the Warcraft III event.

Cash prizes

The World Cyber Games is widely regarded as the Olympics of the computer gaming world and more than 700 players took part in the event, which was held in Singapore from 16-20 November.

Those qualifying do so by winning national events in the 67 countries competing. The games revolve around six PC games and two console titles.

The USA won gold in the Counter-Strike and Halo 2 events and took silver in Warcraft III. Between them the players won a total of $80,000 in prize money.

Second-place Korea took gold in Starcraft and Warhammer 40,000 and a bronze in the Dead or Alive competition. For this performance they picked up $55,000 in cash.

World Cyber Games
Counter-Strike: Source
Warcraft III: Frozen Throne
Starcraft: Brood War
Fifa Football 2005
Need for Speed: Underground 2
Halo 2 (Xbox)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
Dead or Alive: Ultimate (Xbox)
Unfortunately British players that attended the event struggled to match the high standard of competition.

The Britons in the Counter-Strike, Warcraft III, Starcraft, Fifa Football 2005, Need for Speed and Dead or Alive events did not make it past the opening group stage.

For those players that made it to the elimination stages of the completion, unlucky draws stopped their progress.

In their first elimination match UK Halo 2 players Mark Thurston and Dean Ruffell met American's Dan and Tom Ryan who, after beating the British pair, went on to take the gold.

A similar fate befell John Bryce who was taking part in the Warhammer competition. In his opening elimination match, Mr Bryce was pitted against Brazilian Andre Zilio, who won the silver medal.

Even the UK's top pro-gaming clan Four-Kings suffered disappointment as Dutchman Manuel Schenkhuizen who won gold in 2004 failed to take the top prize again.

On the way to the closing stages of the Warcraft III tournament, Mr Schenkhuizen knocked out two other Four-Kings members (Daehee Cho and Yoan Merlo) but lost in the semi-finals to Dennis Chan. Along with the bronze medal, Mr Schenkhuizen also takes home $5,000.

The other two Four-Kings players in the Warcraft III tournament, Ivica Markovic and Sebastian Pesic, were knocked out at the group stage.

One other Four-Kings member, David Treacy, has another shot at gaming glory this week as he is seeded eighth in the Grand Final of the Cyberathlete Professional League World Tour.

That competition takes place on 22 November in New York and a prize pot of $500,000 is up for grabs.

In 2006 the World Cyber Games moves from Singapore to Monza, Italy. It will mark the first time that the event has been held in Europe.

See some of the contestants taking part in the cyber games

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