(Compton, CA AND Menlo Park, CA) - October 17, 2005 - Belkin Corporation, the global leader in connectivity solutions, has reached an agreement with Xfire, Inc., the fastest growing online gaming platform and community, to sponsor a series of gaming events with the Xfire community. The sponsorship features raffles of 100 Belkin Nostromo SpeedPad n52, a gaming controller used for first-person shooting games, at the events. The Belkin Xfire events will take place during the fourth quarter of 2005, reaching gamers in both Europe and the US.
The wildly popular gaming events on Xfire allow PC gamers the opportunity to play with some of today's top gaming stars such as Team3D, the WCG Counter Strike world champions.
"The Xfire events are a perfect medium for us to promote our popular game controller, the Nostromo SpeedPad n52. Xfire's users are our target audience for the n52." said Mark Reynoso, Belkin Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing. "We are looking forward to this partnership, which will increase the exposure of our products both in the US and Europe."
Xfire CEO Mike Cassidy commented, "Xfire is always excited to work with leading global companies seeking to sponsor our unique gaming events. The Belkin Nostromo SpeedPad n52 is a dominating game controller -- it is perfect for Xfire's community of more than 2 million gamers and the games that they play."
For a free download of Xfire, please visit http://www.xfire.com. Xfire is supported by advertisers and marketers interested in reaching the 18-34 year-old male audience.
Xfire currently supports over 400 game titles, including: America's Army: Special Forces, Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Vietnam, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Dark Age of Camelot, Dark Age of Camelot - Shrouded Isles, Diablo, Diablo II, DOOM 3, Dungeon Siege, EverQuest, Final Fantasy XI, Halo, Lineage, Lineage II, Medal of Honor Allied Assault, Meridian 59, Neverwinter Nights, PlanetSide, Quake, Quake III Arena, Starcraft, The Temple of Elemental Evil, Unreal Tournament, Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004, Warcraft III, Wolfenstein - Enemy Territory, World of Warcraft, XEvil, and many more.
Belkin's n52 gives gamers power and flexibility with the mere tap of a finger. By placing keyboard and gamepad functions into one device, the n52 allows you to carve your reaction time to nanoseconds. Featuring 104 programmable functions with eight on-the-fly kill views and instant diagonal control, gamers can further strengthen their game and their frag rate. The n52 has garnered much praise in the gaming community, including awards from PC Gamer Magazine and CNET.
Belkin Corporation, the global leader in connectivity solutions, offers a range of innovations for the computer, electronics, and mobile consumer. With a diverse and far-reaching product mix consisting of home and enterprise networking, KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and peripheral sharing, power protection and cabling, as well as USB and FireWire® devices, Belkin extends its reach also to BluetoothTM, cellular, PDA, iPodTM, and other solutions for mobile computing. Belkin products are available through the company website as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and superstores.
Xfire, Inc. (www.xfire.com) is the fastest growing online gaming platform and community in the world. Xfire helps gamers play with their friends much more easily. Xfire is also a server browser, IM, and file download system designed just for gamers. Xfire has over two million members in over 100 countries. Company management includes Mike Cassidy (former CEO of Direct Hit), Chris Kirmse (creator of Meridian 59), Adam Boyden, and Dennis "Thresh" Fong (World Champion of Quake). Xfire is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, NEA, and Granite Global Ventures. Xfire is supported by advertisers and marketers trying to reach the 18-34 male audience.
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