South Australia has swept aside Western Australia and New South Wales to take the top place in LAN gaming.
The eSquare500, held over the September 22-23 weekend, soon became the eSquare840 with 530 gamers playing simultaneously on the Saturday and a further 310 on the Sunday. The previous two-day record, held by UWALAN, was 650 players, with CPL Pacific in Melbourne previously holding the record of 480 playing at any one time.
Organised by online IT marketplace eSquare.com.au and South Australia's Valhalla gaming club, eSquare500 offered non-stop gaming action from 12 noon on Saturday to midnight on Sunday.
Achieva Technology and eSquare jointly sponsored the grand prize for the night, a just-delivered Pentium 4 1.5GHz processor and Asus motherboard upgrade bundle, won by IT professional Paul Graeber.
Other winners walked away with new optical mice, joysticks, headphones and other bits and pieces of gaming paraphernalia donated by Achieva and Microsoft.
The event coincided with the official launch of Pentium 4 products by Achieva, an Asia-Pacific-based distribution company with offices in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
"The gaming market has long been a niche neglected by many vendors," says eSquare director Andrew Lee. "The success of this event in attracting more than 800 hard-core gamers proves that this is a hot market which should not be overlooked."