A Taiwanese student has won the World Cyber Games (WCG) title. Following the lead of Tseng Jeng-cheng, who won the WCG world championship in the Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion group in 2001, 24-year-old Liu You-chen on Nov. 15 defeated Jared Beins from Singapore to become world champion in the Asphalt 4 mobile phone game group. As thousands of onlookers exploded in celebration, Liu said, “It’s very cool. It feels like sitting on top of the world!”
The WCG championships were held in Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province. Liu, who studies at the Language Center at Nan Kai University of Technology has represented Taiwan’s national team for the past four years. Liu, who won a bronze two years ago, battled with last year’s winner, slyfoxlover, from Singapore. He won a clear victory over his opponent in the first round, but then he lost the second round. In the third round, slyfoxlover tried to use the trick from the second round, but Liu saw through him. He elegantly dodged his opponent’s attempt to crash into him and instead overtook him to the praise of thousands of onlookers.
After winning the championship that Taiwan has long missed, Liu, with a nasal voice from a heavy cold, could not suppress his excitement: “Every day I came to the competition sick, coughing and with a headache, but I felt very happy and excited during the competition! Thanks to computer games, I’m on the world stage, and the whole audience cheered for me, I was so excited I couldn’t even cry! That’s an experience money can’t buy.”
Taiwan’s team leader Liu Chun-hung said with a laugh that, “He is incomparable! Thousands of onlookers paid to come and watch, it was sensational.” Liu Chun-hung said that in addition to Liu You-chen’s gold, Taiwan made it to the final eight in StarCraft : Brood War and the final sixteen in TrackMania Nations Forever, all outstanding achievements.
After winning the championship by defeating skilled competitors from Singapore, South Korea, the UK, France, Germany and 10 other countries, Liu immediately called his mother and his university to deliver the good news. His mother was happy and asked him to take good care of himself while Hsu Tsung-hsin, vice president of Nan Kai University, said that after Liu You-chen’s father passed away last year, he helped care for his younger sister and worked after school, and added that “Liu You-chen is a good kid, very considerate.” After the win, an emotional Liu said that, “I wish my dad could see this, I think he would have been happy.”
Liu revealed that he practiced mobile phone games every day before the competition: “On average, one to two hours per day. Every day I was wondering how I could become a little faster.” He added, frankly, “Before, I simply played games, but now it’s become a job. Of course it’ll be tiring, but luckily I am still interested.” In future, he plans to continue to move toward computer games and let Taiwanese parents know that, “Computer games really aren’t a bad thing.”
(TRANSLATED BY PERRY SVENSSON, LIBERTY TIMES)
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