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Thursday, July 13, 2000
Battle by the Bay Registration
11:35 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Several weeks back we brought you news of CNET's Gamecenter Battle by the Bay, a monster gaming tournament offering a total of $100,000 US in prize money for the winners. Have you ever wanted to win $50,000 just for playing a video game well? Battle by the Bay is the way to do it, and Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA is the place to do it.

B3 registration begins today, with 800 slots available for accomplished Q3A players; the tournament itself will be held on August 17th through the 20th. It is BYOC (bring your own computer) so we'd love to see lots of Mac gamers there, hauling their G3s and G4's around by those oh-so-handy handles. IMG will be at B3, of course, along with our other Gamecenter Alliance partners. Here is a short excerpt from the FAQ, to give you a better idea of what this tourney entails:

Q: So what is this, anyway?

A: Battle by the Bay (which is too long a title; we're gonna call it "B3" after this) is a LAN party that's going to give 800 gamers the chance to play on a near-zero-ping bulletproof network for four straight days. It's also going to be the place where up to 800 gamers will compete for a $50,000 tournament grand prize and $50,000 in other prizes. And finally, it's going to be the place where gamers are going to get to see the latest and greatest hardware and software from a variety of gaming companies.

Q: What can I do there?

A: Play lots of games. Anything you can set up a server for and run will be available. We expect to see a lot of Quake III Arena, Unreal Tournament, Half-Life Counter-Strike, and Rogue Spear in the action department. Real-time strategy games can be played as well, and we fully expect that games such as StarCraft, Age of Empires, and Ground Control will be played. Oh, and since Diablo II is finally out, we might see a game or two of that going on--ya think? And there are dozens, even hundreds, of games that'll be there. The best way to make sure you play the game you want to play is to bring it and set up a server!

It sounds like a mini-E3 and a gaming championship rolled into one. Sign up today and make a Mac presence felt at this tourney - there is nothing sweeter than the look of astonishment on a PC gamer's face when he or she discovers that Macs play games, and play them damn well to boot. Check out the web site for more information.

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