Xian is the historic capital of China. Known as the Eternal City, Xian of the Shaanxi province has seen thousands of years of history filled with ancient battles. On June 3rd, nearly 100 gamers from 16 nations traveled thousands of miles to Xian for another epic conflict. The battleground was the ACON5 Global Finals. Their purpose was to become the ACON5 World Champion. After two grueling days of combat, Virtus Pro from Russia emerged victorious and became the ACON5 Counter-Strike Champions, while WE.Sky bested the competition to claim the ACON5 Warcraft III Championship.

Xian is the historic capital of China. Known as the Eternal City, Xian of the
Shaanxi province has seen thousands of years of history filled with ancient
battles. On June 3rd, nearly 100 gamers from 16 nations traveled thousands of
miles to Xian for another epic conflict. The battleground was the ACON5 Global
Finals. Their purpose was to become the ACON5 World Champion. After two grueling
days of combat, Virtus Pro from Russia emerged victorious and became the ACON5
Counter-Strike Champions, while WE.Sky bested the competition to claim the ACON5
Warcraft III Championship.

ACON5 kicked off in grand fashion with a traditional Chinese flag and drum
ceremony. Used in ancient times to rally troops, the beating drums and flailing
flags set the tone for the grand battle at hand. A martial arts demonstration
wowed the 1000+ onlookers with nearly inhuman grace and skill. After the
spectacle was complete, it was time for the players to take their positions on
the battlefield.

The Counter-Strike tournament was filled with exciting matchups and more than a
fair share of upsets. Teams battled back and forth with the folks from Team
Sportscast Network calling the play-by-play. In the end, Russian powerhouse
Virtus Pro managed to take the ACON5 Counter-Strike Championship over French
team Bizonours in a nail-biting 16-13 matchup. Defuse Kids from Belgium had to
settle for third place after Bizonours defeated them in an exciting
double-overtime consolation final match.

Final Counter-Strike Standings

1. Virtus Pro, Russia ($ 20,000)
2. Bizonours, France ($ 10,000)
3. Defuse Kids, Belgium ($ 5,000)

The Warcraft III electrified the home crowd as one of their own, Xiaofeng
“WE.Sky” Li from China, was one of the early favorites to take the title. With
the support from over 600 avid Chinese fans, it was none other than WE.Sky who
defeated Korean Sung-Sik “WE.Remind” Kim in a best-of-two matchup. WE.Sky
actually battled back from the Losers Bracket and defeat WE.Remind two games in
a row! Russian gamer and ACON4 runner up Andrey “SK.apm70” Sobolev managed to
take third place.

Final Warcraft III Standings

1. WE.Sky, China ($ 8,000)
2. WE.Remind, Korea ($ 5,000)
3. SK.apm70, Russia ($ 2,000)

With the games completed, spectators, gamers, and international media were
treated with a Shaanxi Drum Dance, performed by the renowned official drum
troupe of the Shaanxi province – a fantastic closing ceremony that brought the
spirit of the Shaanxi province to everyone in attendance. Afterwards, the
trophies and award checks were awarded to the winners, much to the delight of
the crowd.

Following the closing ceremonies, the gamers and sponsors continued the
festivities with a very entertaining celebratory dinner at a famous Xian
dumpling restaurant. The next day, Gamers and media were treated to a city tour
the following day to visit Xian’s legendary Terra Cotta Warriors.

“ACON5 was one of the most exciting and well-executed gaming tournaments in
recent memory,” noted ATI Senior Marketing Manager Ian McNaughton. “ATI is proud
to be a part of this great event, and is committed to supporting the gaming
community with initiatives like ACON5.”

Intel is proud to help sponsor Abit’s ACON5 worldwide gaming tournament. Intel
delivers advanced PC technology to meet the gaming community’s desire for a
high-detail and fast-paced networked environment. PC gaming gear based on the
Intel® 955X Express chipset and Intel® Pentium® processor Extreme Edition offers
excellent performance for action-packed game play.” said Mr. Chris Tobias, WW
Chipset Marketing Manager, Intel

“ACON has once again raised the bar on how a gaming tournament should be held
with ACON5,” said Corsair Asia Marketing Director Scott Thirlwell. “As the
official memory partner of ACON5, Corsair is proud to sponsor events that affect
gamers around the world in a positive way.”

“ACON5 was definitely the best one yet,” notes ABIT Marketing Director Larry Wu.
“ABIT would like to thank Intel, ATI, Corsair, and LG for their generous
support. With sponsors like these that are committed to gaming, and the help of
the gaming community, I’m confident that the tournament will continue to grow.
See you all at ACON6!”