The fourth annual Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) was held in Paris, the spiritual home of the croissant, over last weekend, attracting over 750 participants from 53 countries with $400,000 in prize money up for grabs.
Whilst most of the population of England held their heads in the hands over the shameful exit of our national team from the World Cup, 750 eager gamers battled it out on Quake 4, Warcraft III, Pro Evolution Soccer and other titles at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy.
The event attracted more than 5,000 gaming fans, with teams from all over the globe, including China, Croatia, South Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Bahrain, Russia and Algeria.
South Korea and China had three teams in the top 10, whereas only two from the United States made it.
It seems that the formerly-named Third World has pwned America.
Adrien Vincent, managing director of LAN organizer Games-Service, told Wired magazine: "The idea of a World Cup was to qualify people by holding tournaments in different countries around the world and letting the best teams and members participate."
Nothing was heard from SPOnG's favourite, stupidly-named pro gamer Fatal1ty (pron. Fatal-one-tee) so perhaps he's losing his touch?