The World Cyber Games torch has been handed to New Zealand today, in an official ceremony at Auckland's prestigious Hilton Hotel.

Managing Director for xLAN and the WCG New Zealand Strategic Partner, Susan Baikie, says the torch relay underlines the growing interest in gaming here.

"We were very honoured to have Mr Daniel Kim, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnership from the World Cyber Games headquarters in Korea officially hand over the torch to New Zealand. The aim of the relay is to raise awareness and understanding of the World Cyber Games and eSports, which is an emerging sport in New Zealand," she said.

The torch was handed by Mr Kim to kiwi Hamish Parker, who won a silver medal at the 2007 Asian Championship. The torch will depart New Zealand for Singapore on the 20th of this month, after which it will pass through a further eight countries before arriving in Cologne, Germany, where the WCG Grand Final will be held.

The NZ qualifiers for the WCG will be held at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Auckland from July 11th to the 13th. For more information, and enrolment details, head over to xLAN.