On Saturday April 10, 2010 WCG and the Samsung Experience held an open casting call for the upcoming season of WCG Ultimate Gamer. From 9:30am to 6:00pm, New York City hopefuls lined up for their chance to be the next batch of Ultimate Gamers. So, what got you a call back? Bruce Loeb, Senior Vice President and GM of World Cyber Games states, “we’re seeing how their enthusiasm is as well as their quality of gaming.”
The general feeling while the players waited on line were naturally optimistic, to give it their best and never give up. I caught local hopeful, Daniel Spivey from Queens, New York, who shared in this feeling. He had arrived at 9:30am and believes that the never quit mentality will get players far. He says, “to anybody who wants to do this just don’t give up. Even if it looks like you have no chance of winning, hold on to that slim chance.” You hear that gamers? Casting calls are now done, but if there’s a next season, go out there and at least try!
Although hopes were high, only a few of many got the call back to return the next day. Justin Ignacio, from South Jersey who had waited since 7:30am, shared about what happened during the testing process and what had gone wrong. He had to play three games, Forza Motorsport 3, Street Fighter IV and Modern Warfare 2. All were played on the Xbox 360, and players were kept in the dark about all of this until they entered the room. He states doing poorly on Forza 3 due to the lack of experience with racing sims, hurt his chances to receiving a call back. It seems as though WCG Ultimate Gamer is really after well-rounded players. Players that can play games from fighting to first-person shooters.
Added to the challenge of playing three random games, interviews were also conducted to find out if players had the personality make it to Season 2 of WCG Ultimate Gamer. Those who made it went on to do a second round of auditions today and from there possibly make it to round three. Good luck to all those who have made it and look forward to the new season coming this Summer.