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World's #1 Gamer, Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, to Speak at IMA Gaming Event

Summary: Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel (, the world's #1 cyber-athlete and gaming community's most famous gamer will keynote at the Internet Marketing Association's (IMA) April event.

What: Fatal1ty will speak on the effects of violence in gaming and the role that the Internet plays in his pro-gaming career. Other topics at the Internet Marketing Association's April event will focus on vast business opportunities in the multi-billion-dollar online and video gaming market. Such topics include: an overview of gaming and where it's heading, how corporations reach new demographics on the Internet, how brands plan to grow with gaming, how branding to the gaming community differs from traditional branding, how companies can utilize the Internet for brand marketing, how gaming can be a positive educational tool, legal issues in online gaming promotions and advertisements, what percentage of business is gaming based, and what companies can do to support gaming initiatives.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - Professional Gamer & eSports Ambassador

  • Steve Erickson - Vice President, Creative Labs

  • Perry Viscounty - Co-Chairman, Latham Watkins

  • Steve Gould - CEO, Auravision, Inc.

  • Tony Crisp - CEO, Crisp Brands

  • Suki Reed - CEO,

  • Stuart Wallock - Director of Marketing,

    Thursday, April 20, 2006, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

    Where: The Hilton Hotel, Orange County, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

    Media RSVP:
    Laurie Perkins, Terpin Communications, 310/821-6100 x 111,

    Attendee RSVP:
    For online registration, visit

    About Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel: Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel started professional gaming in 1999 by entering the CPL (Cyberathlete Professional League) tournament in Dallas and won $4,000 for placing third. Emerging as one of the top players in the United States, he then flew to Sweden where he competed in a tournament against the top 12 players in the world. By winning 18 straight games and losing none he took first place, becoming the number one ranked Quake III player in the world. Two months later he followed that success in Dallas by successfully defending his title as the world's best Quake III player and winning the $40,000 grand prize. Since then Fatal1ty has traveled the globe to compete against the best in the world, winning prizes and acclaim, including the largest prize in competitive video game history by capturing first place at the CPL World Tour Finals and winning the $150,000 prize in PainkilleR. He has now won CPL Championships in 5 different games, a feat never before accomplished.

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