Competition is a key aspect of the human psyche. We compete as part of our survival and reproductive instincts. To win, to be the best, to score the prize - it's as much a part of our nature as eating and breathing. Why not indulge that instinct and engage in some bloodless yet inspiring competition? You're already on battle.net playing games with nothing at stake. Now you can play games in secure, cheat-monitoring LAN environments for the chance to win a trip to China!
Ever wanted to tour the world, go to exciting and exotic locales? Wouldn't you like to visit one of the world's busiest, fastest growing and most exciting cities? And all this as a reward for playing WarCraft 3? Yeah, I thought you would - and here's your opportunity! Abit is hosting its ACON4 tournament in game centers worldwide.
Registration is easy; just go to the site, pick your country and register at the nearest gaming center near you. There are dozens of spots available at each center, with qualifying and competition going on until the last 20 national and regional champions are set. These lucky gentlemen will be on their way to lovely Shanghai in China.
Forget what you think you know about China - such as drab, squalid houses and communist tenements. China's a booming country experiencing an economic change as great as Europe's industrial revolution, but with all the modern technology, style and art of today. Shanghai is the bustling heart of the new China, re-asserting its historical role as the central business center of the country after decades of communism and a century of colonial interference. Architects and civil engineers are remodeling the city in the most fashionable styles, with a breath-taking downtown full of glass office buildings and the unbelievably wild, 486m (almost 1600') tall Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
In addition to having all his expenses paid, the North American champion will also receive a $2000 prize before going on to the final round of competition in China. After the contest, all participants who made it to Shanghai will receive a tour of the city, as well as getting to visit the Kingston and Abit factories there.
So you're thinking this game isn't for you? That you can't possibly make it? Not true. The ACON4 tournament is aimed at the average gamer. As long as you have the desire to visit a participating game center and can make the commitment necessary to compete in the various qualifying matches, your odds are as good as anyone else. While there's nothing to stop the competitive WC3 players from joining, you never really know how good you are and you'll never win this once in a lifetime opportunity unless you try.