Seoul, Korea– August 13, 2007– The Championship Gaming Series TM (CGS), the first worldwide professional gaming league, today announced that Seoul will be the newest franchise city during the eStars Seoul game festival and International E-Sports Symposium.
During an exciting showdown over the weekend the following players emerged as the official winners of the competition: Yoon-Seo Park for FIFA 2007, Soo-Kyung Kang and Sung-Yoon Kang for Project Gotham Racing 3 (PGR), Yong- Hyun Baik for DOA, and powerhouse Counter-Strike: Source squad eSTRO (Sun-Ho Pyun, Hyun-Jin Sohn Jin-Hee Park, Sung-Jae Lee and Keun-Chul Kang). Together these gamers have earned the right to represent Seoul as an official CGS team franchise. A female gamer will be named at a later date to complete the DOA team.
Ms. Sung-Eun Kim was named GM of the Seoul franchise team
“Creating a CGS team based in Seoul is critical to our success as a true worldwide gaming league,” said CGS Commissioner Andy Reif.“It is widely known that Korea produces many of the best professional gamers in the world. With our partner, STAR, covering the action for fans across Asia, Seoul will have the opportunity to prove itself in head-to-head competition against top pro gaming professionals from Europe, the United States, Latin America, Australia, the Middle East, and elsewhere in Asia”
Members of the Seoul franchise will earn a base salary of (US)$30,000 and could earn more than (US)$100,000 in annual salary and bonuses. The team will compete in the upcoming CGS Asian Championship event, where they will battle against other Asian teams soon to be announced.
The four top franchises at the CGS Asian Championship will proceed to the CGS World Championship event in Los Angeles later this year. For the first time ever, professional teams from cities around the world will have the opportunity to compete against each other on worldwide TV broadcasts to determine the true world champions in CGS’ official games.
Valve’s Counter-Strike®: Source® and EA’s FIFA 2007 are the official PC games for CGS. On the Xbox 360, CGS features Tecmo’s Dead or Alive® 4 (DOA4) and Project Gotham Racing® 3 (PGR3) from Microsoft Game Studios.
Each CGS franchise features a total of ten athletes per team, each of whom is a specialist in an official league game. Five of the ten players comprise a Counter-Strike: Source squad who compete in five-on-five matches. FIFA 07 is played one-on-one. Each CGS franchise also has a mixed-doubles team of two DOA4 players, one man and one woman, who will play against other teams in one-on-one matches on Xbox 360. The racing game PGR3 is played by two players on each team in a two-versus-two format.
CGS events will be broadcast on the STAR network across Asia. For more information, please go to www.thecgs.com.
About Championship Gaming Series
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the Championship Gaming SeriesTM (CGS) is the first international professional video gaming league. Launched in 2007, CGS features teams of the world’s best gamers from North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The league will distribute entertainment content to more than 100,000,000 households worldwide via DIRECTV in North America and Latin America, BSkyB in the UK, and STAR in Asia and Australia. CGS Founding Partners include Mountain Dew, Dell XPS, and Xbox 360.