Championship Gaming Series Announces Details of 2007 World Final and $1,000,000 Prize Purse
First World Final Event Will Be Broadcast to More than 350 Million Viewers Worldwide
Los Angeles, CA - November 13, 2007 - Championship Gaming Series (CGS), the only worldwide professional gaming league, today revealed details of the league's inaugural World Final, which will take place December 6-14 at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. At the highly-anticipated showdown, 12 top CGS teams from around the world will battle each other for their share of an unprecedented $1,000,000 total prize purse, of which $500,000 will go to the World Champion team.
In what will become an annual platform for the world's best gamers to compete professionally, the inaugural CGS World Final will be broadcast on television to more than 350 million viewers by DIRECTV's The 101 in the U.S., BSkyB's Sky One, Sky Two and Sky HD in the UK, ESPN STAR Sports in Asia, SKY in Mexico and Brazil, DIRECTV throughout the rest of Latin America, and across mainland Europe via additional soon-to-be confirmed broadcast partners.
"The CGS World Final represents a watershed moment in the history of pro gaming and we are proud to broadcast to more than 350 million viewers globally," said Andy Reif, CGS commissioner and CEO. "Fans worldwide will soon find out which team will claim its place as the first CGS World Champion and take home the top prize of $500,000."
To add to the excitement, CGS announced that, in addition to the CGS team-based World Final, it will hold the CGS Individual World Final. Top CGS players from each of the league's six regions will compete in their designated games to determine the individual champions for each official game category.
Additionally, CGS will hold the World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Arena 2v2 (WoW:BC) CGS Championship. The WoW:BC event will feature premier American and European pairs battling for top prize of $30,000.
Both the CGS Individual World Final and the WoW:BC CGS Championship will be webcast at thecgs.com on December 8th.
Valve's Counter-Strike®: Source® and EA's FIFA 2007 are the official PC games for CGS. On the Xbox 360, CGS features Tecmo's Dead or Alive® 4 (DOA4) and Project Gotham Racing® 3 (PGR3) from Microsoft Game Studios.
Each CGS team features a total of ten athletes, each specializing in an official League game. Five of the ten players comprise a Counter-Strike: Source (CS:S) squad which competes in five-on-five matches. FIFA 07 is played one-on-one. Each CGS team also has a mixed-doubles team of two DOA4 players, who will play against other teams in one-on-one matches on Xbox 360. The racing game PGR3 is played by two players on each team in a two-versus-two format.
CGS World Final prize distribution is as follows:
Team World Final
1st Place $500,000
2nd Place $150,000
3rd-4th Place $70,000
5th-8th Place $30,000
9th-12th Place $15,000
Individual World Final
1st Place DOA4 (men's) $5,000
1st Place DOA4 (women's) $5,000
1st Place PGR3 $5,000
1st Place FIFA 2007 $5,000
1st Place CS:S $5,000 (x5)
World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Arena 2v2 World Championship
1st Place $15,000 (x2)
Grand Total Prize Purse $1,075,000
CGS World Final event schedule is as follows:
December 6: CGS World Final press conference
December 6: First round day 1
December 7: First round day 2
December 8: WoW:BC 2v2 CGS Championship (Competition will be webcast on thecgs.com)
December 8: Individual World Final (Competition will be webcast on thecgs.com)
December 10: Quarterfinals day 1
December 11: Quarterfinals day 2
December 13: Semifinals
December 14: Final
The CGS official teams participating in the World Final are as follows:
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For more information, please go to thecgs.com.
About Championship Gaming Series
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the Championship Gaming Series (CGS) is the only worldwide professional video gaming league. Launched in 2007, and a joint venture between BSkyB, DIRECTV and STAR, CGS features teams of the world's best gamers from North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The league distributes entertainment content to more than 350 million viewers worldwide via DIRECTV in North America and Latin America, BSkyB in the UK, and STAR in Asia and Australia. CGS sponsors include Mountain Dew, Dell XPS and Xbox 360.
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