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iGames Announces Series of Six National eSports Events: $40K Competitions Kicking Off This Summer

40+ Game Centers Will Feature Today's Top Competitive Games, Including Counter-StrikeT 1.6 & Call of Duty® 2


Series Begins June 24-25 with Intel $5K CS Open, Sponsored by Intel, in Association with CEVO

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, May 25, 2006 - iGames, the world's leading game center organization, today announced its first-ever Intel-sponsored competitions, comprising a 6-month series of tournaments and other special events to be held at 40+ iGames member centers across North America. With $40K in cash and prizes in the balance, the Intel competitions will feature the best local LAN teams fragging it out on today's most popular competitive games, including Counter-StrikeT 1.6 and Call of Duty® 2.

"This campaign is focused on bringing the excitement of eSports to the grassroots level," said Mark Nielsen, Executive Director of iGames. "iGames and our 500+ member centers have run hundreds of local and online tournaments. With Intel's continued support to LAN centers, we are excited to launch the first phase of a comprehensive program to provide both aspiring professional players and local weekend warriors the chance to showcase their skills with the same professional format and high-end systems used by big-tournament players."

"We are excited to be working with iGames to bring this level of competition to local game centers featuring Intel-based technology" said Tim Takeuchi, gaming campaign strategist at Intel Corporation. "iGames centers and the greater eSports community will benefit from these broadly coordinated LAN events and Intel products will provide the infrastructure needed for an amazing gaming experience."

The Intel events will begin in June and will run monthly through November. Sponsored by Intel, in association with CEVO (, the first event will be the Intel $5K CS Open (Counter-Strike 1.6 Open Tournament), which will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, at eight (8) iGames member centers.

Centers participating in the Intel $5K Open will include:

. eBash (Terre Haute, IN)
. euphNET v3 (San Jose, CA)
. Head 2 Head Games (London, ONT Canada)
. interPeer (Williamstown, NJ)
. NETplay (Indian Trail, NC)
. PC Gamerz Hawaii (Aiea, HI).
. Sin City PC (Las Vegas, NV)
. Xtreme Player Zone (Flower Mound, TX)

The matches will be 5v5 competitions, combining pool play and double-elimination matches. In addition to $5K in cash to be divided between the best Counter-Strike players, there will also be special raffles and other surprises for all participants.

To register for the Intel $5K Open, and to find out more about the event and other upcoming events in the Intel series, visit or contact the iGames events team at For rules, competition structure, and prize allocation visit:

Game centers interested in participating in the program can email

About iGames
iGames, Inc. offers a wide range of services to help independent and franchised game centers. iGames' mission is to promote and develop the growth of the game center industry. Its services unite game centers with the goal of establishing them as the driving force enabling the interactive entertainment industry to become the number one form of entertainment around the world. iGames has established strong relationships with industry leaders to provide a wide variety of products, services and programs to member game centers and gamers including software licensing, hardware discounts, exclusive game premieres, tournaments, and game nights. Today the company counts well over 500 centers and 1.2 million gamers, initiating and co-organizing more than 200 events a year. To learn more about iGames, go to

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