If you've ever wanted to flirt with
competitive gaming, now's your chance. The 2006 Electronic Sports World
has commissioned a special edition of Trackmania
, Trackmania Nations ESWC
, which will feature
in this year's competition with a $40,000 prize.
This is apparently the first time a game has been created
especially for the competition, and it's being offered free for anyone in the world to download and try their hand at.
Even if you're not a veteran Trackmania
player, you've nothing to lose. It's an interesting move, and will
doubtless be popular--perhaps further genres will be forthcoming in future years if this experiment succeeds.
[Update: It appears
that despite being a free game this has Starforce
copy protection built in --
labelled by some as 'malware', Starforce installs hidden device drivers on your system. More information, including removal details