The New Zealand World Cyber Games team arrived in San Francisco early this morning, a little jet-lagged but ready to tackle the world's best at the World Cyber Games Grand Final this week.

The team, consisting of 10 players and one team manager, won the chance to compete at the prestigious world event after showing themselves to be New Zealand's finest gamers at the WCG NZ Preliminary held by Gameplanet in Auckland last month.

The World Cyber Games Grand Final will kick off with an opening ceremony at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco on Thursday from 3pm-4pm (NZ time), and games will begin on Friday (NZ time).

Here is a schedule of the team's games (all dates and times quoted as NZ times):

Friday, 8th October

    * 7:30am: Counter-Strike: NZ (parallax) vs. Finland (astralis)
    * 10:00am: Unreal Tournament: NZ (tears) vs. South Africa (42_Ml)
    * 10:00am: Need for Speed: NZ (JntrDX) vs. Czech Republic (Savage__cz)
    * 11:00am: Counter-Strike: NZ (parallax) vs. Panama (bTeXtreme)
    * 11:00am: Unreal Tournament: NZ (eVeNfLoW) vs. Hungary (Varagh_hu)
    * 11:00am: Unreal Tournament: NZ (tears) vs. Venezuela (serm)
    * 12:00pm: Unreal Tournament: NZ (eVeNfLoW) vs. Germany (GitzZz)
    * 12:00pm: Unreal Tournament: NZ (tears) vs. Chile (PeTrUCl)
    * 12:00pm: Need for Speed: NZ (JntrDX) vs. Canada (phillipkclowater)
    * 1:00pm: Unreal Tournament: NZ (eVeNfLoW) vs. Bulgaria (Evil_AVI)
    * 1:00pm: Need for Speed: NZ (JntrDX) vs. Bulgaria (TrGxCassius)
    * 2:00pm: Need for Speed: NZ (JntrDX) vs. Russia (ussr_turbo)

Saturday, 9th October

    * 7:00am: WarCraft III: NZ (edaLbrOrRet) vs. Bulgaria (ZeeRaX)
    * 8:00am: WarCraft III: NZ (edaLbrOrRet) vs. Lithuania (reseT)2BEPb)
    * 10:00am: WarCraft III: NZ (edaLbrOrRet) vs. U.S.A. (Shortround)
    * 10:00am: Halo: NZ (Traction) vs. South Korea (Cecraft)
    * 11:30am: WarCraft III: NZ (edaLbrOrRet) vs. Poland (Snake(DUNE))
    * 12:00pm: Halo: NZ (Traction) vs. U.S.A. (NDGoat)
    * 1:00pm: WarCraft III: NZ (edaLbrOrRet) vs. Netherlands (Myth)
    * 1:00pm: Halo: NZ (Traction) vs. Australia ([utb]general_au)
    * 2:00pm: Halo: NZ (Traction) vs. Netherlands (Gizmo_nl)

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