International Cyber Marketing, the global organiser of World Cyber Games, today announced WCG 2005 official rules and regulations.

The official rules and regulations will be applied in all local preliminaries and national finals in WCG participating countries, which are mostly scheduled to start from this month and will also be applied at WCG 2005 Grand Final in Singapore in November.

ICM says it revised the existing WCG rules and regulations and finalised the WCG 2005 version by positively accommodating the opinions from game professionals in many countries and gamers who participated in WCG rule evaluation process done in February 2005.

One of the biggest changes in WCG 2005 official rules and regulations is that they strengthen judges' authority to decide on matches in dispute, which ICM says will help to prevent controversies. Judges, in case that a match is suspended due to unexpected factors or when there is a dispute regarding the match result, will usually decide the winner on such matches by reviewing replay files or order the players to a rematch with his own authority.

ICM says the newly adopted rules and regulations aim to enhance and maximise participating players' and spectators' amusement. In case of Counter Strike, gamers are required to play 30 rounds per match lasting two minutes per round. Previous WCG events consisted of 24 rounds per match, at two-and-a-half minutes per round. This change is expected to provide spectators more exciting games and to give gamers more chances according to their level of competency.

In addition, ICM provides two options of Counter Strike with the '1.6' version and 'Source' version for local preliminaries and national finals of participating countries so that a country can choose either 1.6 version or Source depending on their market circumstance. However, WCG 2005 Grand Final will be based on Source in accordance with the official game titles announced in January.

New Zealand WCG matches are entirely using Counter-Stike: Source in order to provide maximum opportunity for players to become accustomed to the new game in a match environment.

Also in response to gamers' feedback, Halo 2 at WCG 2005 will adopt a '2 vs 2' match style for more exciting games to play and to watch with more diversified strategies. The e-Blacks WCG team for the Trans-Tasman match in Sydney this Winter will also use this format.

FIFA Soccer 2005 adopts 'Open Square Style' as a stadium. Instead of 'home and away' , the match result will be judged by a single match.

In Need for Speed: Underground 2, players are allowed to use personal equipment such as controllers and wheels instead of WCG provided control devices, and some courses favored by NFS players were included in the official racing course list. New Zealand organisers have always allowed for personal controllers such as steering wheels.

For Starcraft: Brood War, three new official maps including WCG Gaia, WCG Estrella, and WCG Paranoid Android have been introduced and Echo Isle has been included as a new official map for Warcraft III. One more map is to be announced soon for StarCraft.

The new rules and regulations also open the way for some players who were previously confined by age restriction based on ESRB (Electronic Software Rating Board) policy. Those who are barred from participation due to the age restriction will be able to play in any official game only if they apply for the WCG official games with parent's consents or legal guardian's consents. For New Zealand matches as in all other countries, local censorship restrictions override any laws applicable to the grand final by Singaporean authorities.

Hank Jeong, the CEO of ICM, says, "We strongly focused on fully accommodating gamers' opinions to the official rules and regulations. WCG, as a leading worldwide game tournament and cultural festival, will continuously strive to set up standards of game tournaments all over the world by listening to gaming professionals and players, consequently maximising gamers' and spectators' satisfaction."