NVIDIA PARTNERS WITH ESWC TO SUPPORT NEW GENERATION OF GAMERS
NVIDIA To Champion One of the World’s Largest International Gaming Events
LONDON - MARCH 8th, 2005 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, and The Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) Organising Committee today announced NVIDIA as the title sponsor of the Electronic Sports World Cup 2005. Founded in 2003, the ESWC is one of the most prestigious video game competitions, featuring champions from all over the world. Partnering with ESWC complements the Company's ongoing commitment to the PC gaming community.
"NVIDIA is always looking for new and unique ways to support competitive-level PC gaming," said David Roman, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "The ESWC events around the world attract many of each country's best gamers. This year promises to be one of the most exciting years in PC gaming history, with the release of great new games and awesome new hardware on which to play them."
The NVIDIA ESWC will feature over 1,500 tournaments worldwide, in which over 250,000 amateur and professional cyber athletes will compete in qualifying rounds, culminating in over 50 national events featuring many of the very best players in the world.
"The ESWC is the most far-reaching and innovative project in the history of competitive video gaming. We have modelled ourselves on leading traditional international sporting events and mass-audience televised entertainment," said Matthieu Dallon, president and CEO of Ligarena SA, owners of the ESWC. "NVIDIA is the obvious and natural partner for a project such as the ESWC. Our association with NVIDIA is a guarantee of quality, innovation and respect for the players. The ESWC promises the best e-sports experience to date, thanks to the support of NVIDIA."
The NVIDIA ESWC will culminate in the 2005 ESWC Grand Final to be staged in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre from the 6th to the 10th of July. During the five days of competition, concerts, and parties, 800 champions from the world tour will battle for more than $300,000 in prizes. A dedicated television program, international media agreements and a daily broadcast of the event by satellite and broadband will help ESWC 2005 Grand Final reach a record-breaking audience.
For more information on the NVIDIA ESWC please visit www.esworldcup.com.
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company's products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA GPUs (graphics processing units), MCPs (media and communications processors) and WMPs (wireless media processors) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.nvidia.co.uk.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, our commitment to the gaming industry, our support of competitive-level PC gaming, and the release of new games and hardware are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing defects, acceptance of new games and new hardware by the gaming industry, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the semiconductor industry, delays in of the release new products, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 24, 2004. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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