A Birmingham team has triumphed in a top international computer games tournament, in what was described yesterday as a “great achievement” for competitive gaming in the UK.
Birmingham Salvo beat their rivals San Francisco Optx in the final of the Championship Gaming Series, billed as the only worldwide professional gaming league.
The Birmingham-based team won $500,000 (£250,000) in the live final, held in Los Angeles on Monday night and broadcast to more than 450 million viewers worldwide, according to organisers.
The team’s general manager Michael O’Dell said: “They truly deserve the title of World Champions. My players spent hundreds of hours practising this season, and their hard work paid off.”
Team member Sarah Harrison, 19, said: “I was really nervous, I didn’t know what to expect. When we did win, I was so excited my heart was racing.”
The win was heralded by computer gaming experts as a step forward for British gaming. Tim Edwards, the deputy editor of PC Gaming magazine, said: “It’s a great achievement for competitive gaming in the UK and the team should be very proud of what they have achieved.”
The Championship Gaming Series (CGS) season began in March with gamers from across the world competing to win professional contracts.
From these, 18 teams emerged, with eight teams going forward to the world final.
Andy Reif, CEO and Commissioner of CGS, said: “Birmingham had some of the most exciting and close matches that pro gaming has ever seen coming into the championship match.
‘‘However, they proved themselves dominant.”
CGS has its headquarters in Los Angeles and each team has a total of 10 players who specialise in various official league games.