NEW YORK - June 20, 2007 - The World Series of Video Games (WSVG), Presented by Intel, announced today that Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil leads the pack of special guest judges that will evaluate "Guitar Hero II" competitors. Attendees can look forward to seeing the legendary heavy metal icon at the finals of the upcoming Dallas event July 5-8 at the Gaylord Texan Resort.
Video game industry experts at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville this weekend will be MTV Style VJ Coltrane Curtis, legendary video game composer Tommy Tallarico, and Becky "Aktrez" Young, Leading Lady of the Girl Gaming Network. In Dallas, video game journalist and host Geoff Keighley and PC GameSpy.com's editor-in-chief Sal "Sluggo" Accardo will assist Vince Neil with the judging. Additional judges for later events will be announced at a later date.
"It was clear from the beginning that we would need to call in the experts to separate the rookies from the rock stars," said Matthew Ringel, president and commissioner of the World Series of Video Games. "We are committed to creating a video game tournament that is as fun for spectators as it is for participants. Our new judging format will help deliver the same immediacy and fun to Guitar Hero II competition as some of the most highly-watched music shows on television."
At each event, the judges will score competitors based on accuracy, difficulty and in an interesting twist, showmanship! All areas of performances will be evaluated; from the ability to work the crowd, put together a unique and thought-out set and the precision of strumming and ripping.
More than $60,000 in cash prizing will be up for grabs in "Guitar Hero II" competition and a total of $750,000 will be awarded in cash and travel at this year's World Series of Video Games, Presented by Intel circuit. Highlights from the competitions will air nationally on CBS Sports as part of four hour-long WSVG specials. Each episode will include segments on the competitors, as well as extensive competition footage for the featured titles, which include Activision's "Guitar Hero IIT," Blizzard Entertainment®'s "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade®", and "EA SPORTST Fight Night Round 3."
More information about the event is available at www.thewsvg.com
Schedule of Televised WSVG Events:
EVENT DATE VENUE AIRDATE*
June 21 - 24 Louisville, Kentucky Sunday, July 29, 12 ET
July 5 - 8 Dallas, Texas Sunday, August 19, 12 ET
October 18-21 Los Angeles, California Sat., November 17, 1 ET
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Jönköping, Sweden Sat., December 15, 2:30 ET
*will air on CBS Sports as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular, check local listings for details
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 www.thewsvg.com.
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