(Woodland Hills, CA, November 17, 2005) - Auravision, Inc., Master Licensor for the Fatal1ty brand, and Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel jointly announced today that Alessandro "stermy" Avallone has signed an agreement to become an F-Player as part of the Free Players Organization (FPO). The 18 year old professional PC video gamer from Genoa, Italy is an emerging global star in the video gaming world. stermy has enhanced his stature this year with strong performances at all nine events while competing in the inaugural CPL World Tour. stermy joins Brian "Zen" Grapatin who has become an integral part of the growing FPO organization.
"Auravision and I have been carefully looking for the right opportunity to bring on a quality player with lots of potential and commitment," said Wendel. "stermy represents the perfect player to join our group." stermy was equally excited with this new association. "I've been an admirer of Fatal1ty and all he's done for gaming as well as the partnership he's put together with Auravision," commented stermy. "This relationship will bring my pro game to the next level and open doors to genuine business opportunities."
This alliance takes effect immediately, in advance of the CPL World Tour Finals, to be held in New York City commencing November 20th. Fatal1ty, Zen and stermy will all be competing as Free Players for the first prize worth $150,000.
About Alessandro "stermy" Avallone
Alessandro "stermy" Avallone began his gaming career in 2001 when he started training for the World Cyber Games Italian Qualifier. One year later, at age 15, stermy won the qualifier and got the chance to compete with the very best at the World Cyber Games Finals in Korea, making him the youngest player to have participated in the World Cyber Games at that time.
stermy played Quake III until 2004, demonstrating remarkable skills and earning a reputation as one of the best 1 vs. 1 players in Europe. He then started playing PainkilleR, the newest FPS Game, and finished 2nd in the Electronic Sports World Cup in France, confirming him as one of the top PainkilleR players in the world.
During 2005, Alessandro participated at all nine stops of the inaugural CPL World Tour, giving him the opportunity to compete with the very best, at interesting locations around the world. stermy, presently ranked number four in the world, emerged as one of the most consistent players on the CPL World Tour and, with his open and friendly demeanor, is one of the tour's favorite stars. For more information visit www.stermy.com.
About Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel
Johnathan first got involved in tournaments when he heard about CPL's Frag3 Tournament that took place in October 1999. He won third there and was invited to represent the USA in Stockholm two weeks later where he won undefeated, winning all 18 maps against the top players in the world. He has continued to dominate competitions all over the world, including The United States, Singapore, Korea, Brazil, Australia, France, Germany, Holland, and Russia.
He won the CPL Pentium 4 Winter Championship playing Unreal Tournament 2003, a victory which made him three time CPL Champion of the Year-and each year for victories in a different game. At the QuakeCon04, Fatal1ty captured the DOOM 3 Inaugural 1v1 Championship, capturing $25,000 in prize money. For more information, visit www.fatal1ty.com.
About Auravision, Inc.
Auravision is a pioneer in the field of personal interface devices and has literally changed the way consumers and business professionals look at the computer workstation. With its first introduction of an illuminated keyboard utilizing EluminX® technology, Auravision continues to lead the way in developing new computer peripherals and consumer electronic technologies designed to enhance the user's experience.
Auravision is the master licensor for Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, the world's leading gamer and three-time World Champion from the Cyberathlete Professional League. Leading companies have signed agreements to bring innovative products to market carrying the Fatal1ty brand in order to meet the needs of a growing gaming lifestyle. A number of products with the Fatal1ty brand are already in the marketplace.