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Kings of Games crowned at Digital Life contest finals

(From left) Dell (Singapore and Malaysia) managing director Chue Chee Wei with Armageddon.First Departure’s Wilson Koh, 17; Teo Kai Sheng, 18; Joel Chan, 19; Chan Jun Jie; Paul Tan, 18; and Digital Life editor Oo Gin Lee at the prize-giving ceremony.
The Straits Times - December 10, 2013
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Kings of Games crowned at Digital Life contest finals

You do not have to be mad to play in the final of the Digital Life King of Games contest, but it helps.

Yesterday, two local teams from the Mad guild - made up of more than 30 computer gamers from Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines - faced off in the final of the inaugural competition organised by Digital Life and Dell Alienware.

Mad.JpL toppled Mad.MgK at Dragon Nest, a fantasy-based online game, and one of Mad.JpL's players, 23-year-old student Joseph Lo, said: "It was fun playing against my guildmates."

Local members of the guild turned up in force to support their mates.

Mad.JpL had earlier edged out favourites Apollo#18 in a minor upset and Mr Lo said that victory lifted a burden from his shoulders.

The King of Games competition was held over the weekend at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the Licence2Play games exhibition.

Preliminary matches took place last Friday and Saturday while the finals were played yesterday.

The other two games in the tournament were Defence Of The Ancients 2 (Dota 2), a popular multiplayer game in which teams direct in-game heroes to destroy their opponents' base, and Counter- Strike Online - the latest variant of a long-running first-person shooter involving terrorists and counter-terrorists.

Twenty teams made it to the grand finals after surviving five gruelling qualifiers spread over the last five months. At stake was a total cash prize pool of $45,000. The winners of each game took home $8,000 while the first and second runners-up received $5,000 and $2,000 respectively.

"The final game was intense," said Mr Chan Jun Jie, the 19-year-old leader of winning Dota 2 team Armageddon.First Departure. His team had taken the lead only to be pegged back by their opponents Insidious Idol.

First Departure, which topped the earlier qualifying rounds, eventually took the title after a gripping deciding game.

Fellow local team Carry Me Please took the Counter-Strike Online crown, beating iSGLiteLab in straight games. It was the second successive final involving these two teams. Like the previous encounter at the national Counter-Strike Online championship in October, Carry Me Please emerged the victor.

However, their rivalry is set to be renewed next week when both take part in the One Asia Cup, a regional Counter-Strike Online competition.

More than 92,000 people attended the Licence2Play convention from Friday to yesterday, up from 80,000 last year.

Now in its fifth year, Licence2Play 2013 featured cosplay competitions, parkour workshops, free games and plenty of entertainment for gaming enthusiasts.

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