Casual Gamers Compete for a Million on TV

June 1, 2006 By Glenn Turner

Nuts to hardcore gaming outfits hitting the small screen - the Game Show Network is bringing the guilty pleasures of Solitaire, Bejeweled (well, technically Bejeweled 2) and Zuma by airing the $1,000,000 Worldwide Webgames Tournament in December on GSN (previously known as the Game Show Network).

While the tournament itself isn't until September, they're only choosing finalists until the end of July so, you'd better sign up now as you don't have much time to train!

I can't help but wonder just how compelling watching Bejeweled or Solitaire from the sidelines will be. Regardless, this should be good news for casual games and developers as it always seems it's the hardcore console and PC games that get the public exposure (even though arguably the popularity of some of these casual games rival that of their epic RPG or first-person shooter brethren).

I just hope GSN's Worldwide Webgames broadcast is a bit more enthralling than the last televised gaming tournament I saw.

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