Prizes at December 5-9 Intel-sponsored World Championship Event Include $150,000 Cash, Customized 2002 Ford Focus ZX3
DALLAS, October 31, 2001 – The Cyberathlete Professional League® today announced the biggest payday in its four-year history of highlighting the competitive skills of the world’s top computer gamers. The league, which regularly brings top-ranked players together in live tests of talent, skill and stamina, will award more than $200,000 in cash and prizes at its CPL World Championship Event, powered by the Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor, Dec. 5-9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, Texas.
The World Championship Event is expected to attract 2,000 computer gamers from 20 countries, making it the world’s largest professional computer-game tournament. CPL events in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Latin America have awarded cash and prizes totaling $250,000 this year alone.
The professional competitions will feature two exciting PC games: a Special Edition of Half-Life™ Counter-Strike and the just released Aliens vs. Predator™ 2. Winners of the team-based Counter-Strike tournament will share $150,000 cash, including a $50,000 first prize. The Aliens vs. Predator 2 tournament will offer $60,000 in merchandise prizes in head-to-head competition, including a grand prize of a high-end customized 2002 Ford Focus ZX3, designed by APC of Corona, CA. and valued at approximately $40,000.
“This is the biggest payday in our history and a major stimulus to computer gaming as a professional sport,” said CPL founder and president, Angel Munoz. “Computer gaming today involves complex strategy mixed with split-second action that requires skill, training, mental agility and computer savvy. The additional element of team-play could make this one of the biggest sports of the new century.”
The digital duels will be monitored via large screen video projectors in an expanded spectator area on site as well over the Web in live relays.
In addition to hosting ranked players vying for prizes, The World Championship Event will also include workshops hosted by leading gaming hardware and software developers and exhibition booths demonstrating the latest technology in processors, video cards, MP3 players, sound systems, pointing devices, gamer wearables and more.
The event also includes an open LAN area where gamers can bring their own computers to unofficially compete against other gamers connected to the high-speed network. The LAN event will have capacity for 1,000 computers and will remain open to the public 24 hours a day throughout the 5-day event.
This year’s primary event sponsor is Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker and a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communication products. Other event sponsors include: Altec Lansing, Logitech, Fox Interactive, Sierra, PNY Technologies, Netgear, Monster Cable, Speakeasy.net and American Products Company.
For more information on the World Championship Event, go to www.thecpl.com/championship/. General admission price is $50 all five days.
Launched on June 26, 1997, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) is the leading computer gamer's league in the world. The CPL has elevated computer game competitions to a professional sport, by holding massive tournaments in the United States, Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Singapore, Australia and Brazil. The high-powered CPL events host: professional computer game tournaments, product exhibitions, workshops, spectator arenas and BYOC competitions. The CPL website is located at www.thecpl.com.