IN PICTURES: EA hosts SimCity "bio-dome" in Sydney

Players from Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales take part in a six hour challenge
EA held a SimCity competition in Sydney to celebrate the upcoming release of the game

EA held a SimCity competition in Sydney to celebrate the upcoming release of the game

  • EA held a SimCity competition in Sydney to celebrate the upcoming release of the game
  • Contestants built bridges for the chance to score additional points in the main round of gameplay
  • One of the built bridges
  • One of the built bridges
  • The competition gets underway
  • The SimCity glass box
  • The SimCity glass box
  • Fifteen minutes left after almost six hours
  • The SimCity glass box
  • The SimCity glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • A helmet on display
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • Players inside the glass box
  • The game in action
  • One minute left
  • Some of the players take a break
  • Time's up
  • Players exit the glass box and wait outside
  • Players exit the glass box and wait outside
  • Players exit the glass box and wait outside
  • Judging of the bridges
  • Judging of the bridges
  • The winning pair of the bridge building competition (left and centre)
  • The SimCity contestants
  • The SimCity contestants
  • The SimCity contestants
  • The SimCity contestants
  • Big Brother’s Stacey Wren (right) was in attendance
  • The winners are announced, a pair from Melbourne
  • The winning pair from Melbourne
  • The winning pair from Melbourne
  • The winning pair from Melbourne
  • The winning pair from Melbourne
  • A stretch Hummer waits to wisk the winning pair away

As part of its search to find the best SimCity players in Australia, EA hosted a six hour challenge in Sydney's Circular Quay.

Refrencing the Glassbox technology used to run SimCity, EA erected a glass box in front of Customs House for the competition.

Several skilled SimCity players rom Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales donned work vests and helmets before entering the "bio-dome" to play the game, which is coming out on March 7.

The goal for the players was to build the biggest city within the time limit, with the winner decided by the largest city population.

Celebrity ambassador Ryan 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald was in attendance, as well as Big Brother’s Stacey Wren.

The winning team, a pair from Melbourne, won a SimCity flavoured Sydney experience, consisting of a helicopter ride over the city, a jet boat ride in the Harbour and a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb.

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Patrick Budmar

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