(New York, NY, August 23, 2005) - In a nod to the increasing popularity of e-Sports, the World Cyber Games (www.worldcybergames.com), today announced that the world's leading manufacturers of gaming hardware - Samsung Electronics, Intel, Razer and Shuttle - will sponsor the World Cyber Games 2005 US National Final at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom from September 8-10, 2005.
Quality equipment is as important to a player's performance as his or her own abilities. So when 186 of the nation's top gamers gather for the US Final of the world's largest gaming tournament next month, organizers have taken every measure to ensure they're competing on the industry's top performing monitors, PCs and peripherals. At the highest level of e-Sports, gamers depend on this specialized hardware to meet the rigorous demands of the games they play.
Samsung Electronics, a worldwide sponsor of the World Cyber Games since 2000 and a global leader in digital technology will supply both LCD and CRT monitors for PC and Console competitions respectively. Samsung offers a wide variety of high definition visual display screen sizes and technology platforms (LCD, Plasma, DLP and CRT) that give gamers unprecedented realism and intensity in their gameplay. Samsung's monitors and TVs offer super-fast pixel switching speeds (from 12 to 8 milliseconds) that enable intense action while overcoming any motion artifacts. Samsung's strategy is to elevate gaming to the next level through high-definition technology and the World Cyber Games.
Intel, the world's largest processor maker joined WCG for the fourth time this year, supplying PC processors designed to handle the high speed graphics and action required by elite PC gamers.
Razer, a first-time premier-level sponsor, will furnish the competition's peripherals, including the CopperheadTM mouse and eXactMatTM. The newest addition to their family of reptilian gaming accessories, the Copperhead is the first 2000 dpi laser optical mouse and features 32KB of onboard memory. The eXactMat mousepad/wristrest combo features dual surfaces for speed and control and a gel filled wristpad for ergonomic comfort.
Taiwanese based Shuttle will provide US finalists with powerful PCs to support the explosive gaming action. A leading high-end PC manufacturer, Shuttle signed on to support the US Final following its sponsorship of the Grand Final sponsoring last year.
"This is the sixth year Samsung Electronics is associated with World Cyber Games," said Gregory Lee, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Electronics. "Cyber gamers are early adopters who are very receptive to new technologies and state-of-the-art products. Samsung Electronics has been a worldwide sponsor for the last five years because it values the World Cyber Games as a new effective communication channel to enhance our relationship with this targeted group of consumers."
"In our continued efforts to support the gaming community, Intel is thrilled to participate in the World Cyber Games US Finals," said Jeff McCrea, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and President, Intel Americas. "Intel platforms enable high end performance for an incredible overall gaming experience. Today's gamers expect an immersive style of game play and Intel platforms allow gamers to experience a new generation of games with realistic graphics, high levels of artificial intelligence, robust physics and high definition audio."
"The mouse and mouse pad are the most important weapons in a gamer's arsenal and with Razer providing the official suite of gaming peripherals for the WCG, it's an endorsement of Razer as the world's leading designer of high-performance gaming peripherals," said Robert Krakoff, president, Razer Group. "We're confident that Razer's products will allow players to achieve their optimum performance during the tournament."
"Shuttle's constant push for innovation in a stagnant PC industry has made the XPC small form factor into the choice platform for gamers," said Michael Wu, President of Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. "This year's XPC-powered World Cyber Games will give gamers the chance to experience cutting-edge innovation. We're excited to support this great event."
"This year's list of distinguished sponsors demonstrates the industry's commitment to furthering the development of e-Sports and gamers at all levels," said Mr. Hank Jeong, CEO, International Cyber Marketing, the organizing body of the World Cyber Games. "Partnering with leading technology manufacturers in the gaming space allows WCG participants to compete at their best for the honor of representing their country at this year's Grand Final in Singapore."
From the 186 gamers at this year's US National Final, 16 are expected to advance as Team USA to the Grand Final in Singapore, where they will compete against 800 gamers from 70 countries for national pride and a prize pool of $400,000. The US Final competition includes eight of the most popular PC and console (Xbox) game titles around, including: Counter-Strike, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, FIFA 2005, Need for Speed Underground 2, Dead or Alive Ultimate, and Halo 2.
Approximately 40,000 participants competed in World Cyber Games US preliminary events this year; more than 1 million are expected to participate globally. The World Cyber Games helped launch the careers of Counter-Strike gold medalists Team 3D, WCG Hall of Famer and reigning Halo champion Matt "Zyos" Leto, and many other careers in professional e-sports worldwide.
About World Cyber Games
South Korea-based International Cyber Marketing (www.worldcybergames.com) is the global organizer of the World Cyber Games, the world's largest computer and video game festival, and is responsible for all World Cyber Games interactive game tournaments to be held in about 70 countries this year. This year the winners of each national event series will compete for the world championship title and prizes worth more than $400,000. Last year's World Cyber Games Grand Final was held in San Francisco, CA with more than 642 gamers from 59 countries, attracting major media such as The New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, Associated Press, Reuters, ABC, NBC, CBS, and many more.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics, information systems and home appliance products. The SEA organization oversees the North American operations of Samsung including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 113,000 people in over 90 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
About the Razer Group
Razer is the world's leading brand in high-end computer gaming peripherals. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Razer enjoys an extensive distribution worldwide in all major countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Razer designs, manufactures and markets cutting-edge gaming peripherals that provide professional computer gamers with the competitive edge through a combination of technology, innovation and design. Razer's research and development team collaborates with leading professional gamers to develop proprietary technology for next generation gaming peripherals. Razer's superiority in gaming peripherals stems from its ability to understand and conceptualize peripherals that gamers need and thereafter bring the product from drawing board to retail shelves.
Each Razer peripheral bears the invisible signature of hundreds of professional gamers, gaming enthusiasts and engineers and each Razer gaming product is built from single components; pieced and assembled with care and precision to optimize gameplay for all professional gamers worldwide. Engineered to near perfection, Razer's reputation of being the leaders in gaming technology is embodied in every single Razer product.
About Shuttle Inc.
Established in 1990, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. is the American arm of well-known Taiwanese company Shuttle, Inc., the world's leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers, and assorted motherboards. In 2001, the company ignited the SFF computer revolution and has continued to upgrade and enhance the platform ever since.
Today, its award-winning, fashionable Shuttle XPC is the best-selling small form factor brand, and a new line of complete XPC systems now available to the end consumer. Available in over 100 countries, the XPC product line provides unmatched performance, functionality, and style. An XPC system delivers all of the power and flexibility of the PC, yet in a small, stylish form factor one third the size.
Headquartered in the City of Industry, California (20 miles east of Los Angeles), Shuttle Computer Group Inc. is firmly committed to delivering products with the highest quality, offering optimum performance and value. It services a nationwide network of distributors and resellers with a commitment to customer satisfaction that has made it the first choice of many retailers, system integrators, VARs, OEMs and ODMs.
Additional information can be found on the company's web site, located at us.shuttle.com or by calling (626) 820-9000.
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