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Record Crowds Turn Out For The World Series Of Video Games Event In Wuhan, China

25,000 Chinese gamers and fans showed up for yesterday's event

NEW YORK - May 2, 2007 - The World Series of Video Games (WSVG), Presented by Intel, the world circuit of video game tournaments, announced today that a record number of attendees showed up for the kick-off of the 2007 series this week, with more than 25,000 people showing up at the event for yesterday's matches. This followed on a tremendous first-day turnout of 11,898.

"We were amazed to see such a turnout-there were 2,000 people in line outside who we could not let in," said Matthew Ringel, president of the World Series of Video Games. "Last year's event in China was the biggest stop on the 2006 tour with 17,000 over four days, and this year's attendance numbers offer an incredibly promising beginning for our second season. Next year, we may have to find a stadium!"

The Wuhan event, the first of six events planned for the WSVG's second season this year, is occurring during China's "Golden Week" holiday and is one of the official welcome events for the Sixth Intercity Games of the People's Republic of China, the last major sporting event in China leading up to the 2008 Chinese Olympic Games.

Nearly $50,000 in cash prizes will be distributed at this week's event, which features titles including "World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade," "CounterStrike," and "Warcraft® III: The Frozen Throne"

Updates and highlights of the WSVG China event can be seen at, with live streaming from 10am-7pm local time in Wuhan, and additional articles and coverage at

World Series Schedule of Events:

April 30 - May 3 Wuhan, China

June 21 - 24 Louisville, Kentucky

July 5 - 8 Dallas, Texas

Aug. 23 - 26 Orlando, Florida

October TBA Major European city

Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Jönköping, Sweden

About The World Series of Video Games

The World Series of Video Games is the world's premier video game tournament circuit, which recently began its second season. In 2006, the World Series of Video Games attracted more than 90,000 attendees, produced 250 hours of broadband video, and 20 hours of programming on CBS, MTV, CSTV and GamePlay HD. Registration for all events, a full list of rules, and all prizing for circuit events is available on the WSVG website at

WSVG Media Contact:

Michael Hope

mPRm Public Relations


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