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KODE5 Global Finals Conclude

NiP, SK-Gaming Take Top Honors in Beijing

(Beijing, CHINA) - October 19, 2006 - From September 28th ~ 29th, the world's top gamers gathered in Beijing, China for the final KODE5 event of the year - The KODE5 Global Finals. Supported by Foxconn, Corsair Memory, Razer, and AMD, KODE5 brought 90 gamers from 16 countries to the Beihang University Sports Center to determine who would walk away with the title of KODE5 2006 Global Champion. After two days of intense competition, Sweden's Ninjas in Pajamas (NiP) and Deadman from SK-Gaming (SK|Deadman) took top honors at the event, winning first place in Counter-Strike 1.6 and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne respectively. With raving fans clamoring in the stands and live television and media crews capturing the action, the KODE5 Global Finals marks the grand finale to an entire season of international gaming events.

The KODE5 Global Finals celebrates the dedication, hard work, perseverance, and spirit of all gamers who practice day-in and day-out to perfect their game. E-sports requires he same hand-eye coordination, strategy, and teamwork of traditional sports. Thus, it was only fitting to hold the KODE5 Global Finals in a place that is one of the official venues of the 2008 Olympic Games - The Beihang University Sports Center. This multi-sport facility covers almost 14,000 square meters of space, and can accommodate over 4,600 spectators. From September 29th ~ 30th, the Beihang University Sports Center was the venue for the inaugural KODE5 Global Finals. On the event floor, KODE5 supporters AMD, Foxconn, Corsair Memory, and Razer displayed their latest product offerings for the e-sports fans in attendance.

When the lights came down, spectators were treated to a rousing opening ceremony featuring traditional Chinese drumming. Their powerful beats and driving rhythms set the pace for the gaming action just ahead. Afterwards, representatives from AMD, Foxconn, Corsair, and Razer came to say a few words and kick off the pinnacle e-sports event of 2006.

With some of the world's top teams in attendance, the KODE5 Global Finals was a real treat for E-sports fans around the globe. With the help of Global Media Partners GotFrag ( http://www.gotfrag.com) and Team Sportscast Network ( http://www.tsncentral.com), e-sports fans from around the world could tune into the action live over the Internet. To spread word of KODE5 around Beijing and the rest of China local Chinese media partners China Electronic Athletics ( http://www.china-ea.net/), NiceZ! ( http://www.nicez.com), Game.163.com ( http://www.game163.com), and Replays.net ( http://www.replays.net) were on hand to capture the action for local Chinese fans. By forming alliances with some of the world's top e-sports media groups, KODE5 is spreading its message of competitive gaming to the masses.

The action was fast and furious as the world's top gamers brought their amazing skills to the KODE5 Global Finals. With some serious bragging rights and over $70,000 in cash and prizes on the line, e-sports fans were treated to some fantastic matchups over the two event days.

Some of the greatest Warcraft III players in the world were in attendance at KODE5's final 2006 event. After two days of competition, SK|Deadman, who represented KODE5 Russia, managed to rise above and take not only $10,000 in cash, but also the title of KODE5 2006 Warcraft III Global Champion. KODE5 UK's 4K^ToD, who placed second, took home $4,000 for his efforts, while 4K^Grubby from KODE5 Germany walked away with a cool $1,000 for third place.

Over in the Counter-Strike 1.6 competition, NiP from KODE5 UK prevailed over KODE5 China's wNv to take home $25,000 and the KODE5 2006 Counter-Strike Global Champion trophy. wNv walked away with $10,000 for winning second place, while Hoorai from KODE5 Spain took $5,000 for third place.

"The global champions have been crowned, and this marks the end of KODE5's 2006 season. The entire KODE5 team is proud to have brought the first season of KODE5 to gamers around the world." notes KODE5 Revolutionary-in-Command Lester Lau. "On behalf of KODE5, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come to KODE5 events and show their support for the Global Gaming Revolution. Thanks to our partners around the world who worked tirelessly to run each and every regional KODE5 event, and also China's National Sport Bureau for their tremendous support during our Global Final event. Last but not least, I would like to thank our supporters Foxconn, Corsair Memory, Razer, and AMD. Each of them stepped forward and supported our cause from the very beginning. Without them, our movement simply would not have been possible. Thanks to everyone and see you again next year!"

For more information on the KODE5 Global Gaming Revolution, visit the official website: www.kode5.com

About Foxconn

FOXCONN is the global leader in the manufacturing of Motherboards, Graphics Cards, Optical Storage Devices, Workstations, Servers, Slim PCs, Barebones Systems and IA Products. With more than three decades of manufacturing experience that includes global distribution and logistics, Foxconn is dedicated to making business easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that propel the market forward.

More information:

Please see www.foxconnchannel.com

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About Corsair

Corsair Memory, a member of JEDEC, has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed memory modules since 1994. We have earned our reputation as being the first to market with leading-edge products supporting new computing platforms and technologies. Corsair supplies memory for applications ranging from mission-critical servers to ultra-high performance gaming systems. The performance and reliability of Corsair memory products makes them ideal for memory-intensive computing. Additional information about Corsair is available at www.corsairmemory.com.

About the Razer Group

Razer is the world's leading brand in high-end computer gaming peripherals. The company designs, engineers and markets cutting-edge gaming peripherals that provide professional gamers with the competitive edge through a combination of technology, innovation and design. Recognized as the pioneers of the high-performance gaming mouse, our superiority in gaming peripherals stems from our ability to understand and conceptualize peripherals that gamers need. Engineered to near perfection, Razer's reputation of being the leaders in peripheral technology is embodied in every single Razer product.

Razer-For Gamers. By Gamers

For more information, please log onto www.razerzone.com.

About AMD

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative microprocessor solutions for computing, communications and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1969, AMD is dedicated to delivering superior computing solutions based on customer needs that empower users worldwide. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

About KODE5

KODE5 masses gamers in 16 countries in a series of regional events to find the best gamers from around the world. The best then fly to an undisclosed location to square off against the world's gaming elite. With television crews from around the world broadcasting, international media in attendance, and mass crowds rioting for their favorites, the KODE5 Global Finals will bring gaming to the center stage like no other gaming event. KODE5 will take competitive gaming to another level and gain the respect that gaming deserves. To join the revolution, go to the KODE5 website at www.kode5.com.

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