Video Gamers Defy Gravity

When you think Gravity Games, you think extreme sports with high-flying stunts on bicycles, motorcycles, skateboards, in-line skates and wakeboards. This year, however, the games will include a new breed of “athlete,” one that is all thumbs. The Global Gaming League is partnering up with Gravity Games LLC to include a live professional video gaming competition at the 2003 event scheduled for September 10-14 at Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, located behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The GGL is a league for professional competitive video gaming (V-Sports) that hosts live events around the country and provides global rankings and tournaments at its web site (www.GGLeague.com). It is currently looking for the nation’s top talent to showcase on stage at this year’s Gravity Games. Through the public recognition of its stars, the organization hopes to turn V-Sports into a true spectator sport.

In order to discover and sign the country’s most talented gamers, the GGL is conducting a nationwide audition tour in conjunction with the SoBe Gravity Games Amateur Skate park series this summer. Gamers can audition and sign up to become GGL members at 32 locations across the country. The audition process includes submitting a three-minute videotape.

The GGL will host daily competitions and three evenings of special events on the main stage at the Gravity Games. Participants in this year’s events will be vying for the first official Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for video gaming.

Produced by NBC’s top Olympics team, the Gravity Games have been nominated for eight Sports Emmys in their first four years. NBC will carry 11 hours of Gravity Games coverage this year, beginning with a live, two-hour Freestyle Motocross final on Sept. 14 (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST).