PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 12, 2007. The Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) Organizing Committee today announced NVIDIA as the Worldwide and Main Partner of the Electronic Sports World Cup 2008. The ESWC is also announcing that the event’s Grand Final will be held in the USA in summer 2008.
NVIDIA will support the ESWC preliminaries in over 50 countries and finals in major cities worldwide. The company will also be part of the ESWC International Masters, which regulates the new e-sports pro-season until the ESWC Grand Final 2008.
Matthieu Dallon, CEO of Games-Services, explains:“NVIDIA has an international reputation for graphics excellence, so they are the ideal partner for us in this event. ESWC champions rely on NVIDIA technology to give them the killer edge in competition. ESWC 2008 is a milestone for us as the Grand Final will be held in the USA for the first time. We made the decision to move because we felt it will be great for competitors, spectators and e-sports as a whole. It’s part of our continuing efforts to ensure ESWC’s skilled cyber-athletes gain the recognition they deserve by creating our most spectacular event ever in California. With representatives from all over the world, this will be a truly global event.”
NVIDIA has supported ESWC with since the tournament’s creation and continues to be a proud sponsor as it grows and develops.“NVIDIA believes that ESWC is the most authentic and essential e-sports competition in the world,” says Daniel F. Vivoli, Senior Vice President of NVIDIA.“ESWC exists at a very exciting crossroads between new technology, entertainment and sport and we’re delighted to welcome its Grand Finals to California in 2008.”
Designed six years ago by Games-Services - an independent private company emerging from the gaming community - the Electronic Sports World Cup has written the most spectacular pages of e-sports’ young history. Since its birth in 2003, ESWC has experienced an incredible growth based on a simple idea: select the best video games players in the world through national preliminaries and gather them once a year for a global final, thus making the games a real source of excitement for the public and media alike. ESWC is recognized all over the world as the most innovative and professional e-sports organization, offering gamers and spectators an unparalleled experience. After the Carrousel du Louvre right in the historical heart of Paris in 2005 and the Palais Omnisports of Paris-Bercy in 2006, the 2007 ESWC Grand Final was staged at Paris Expo and gathered the 750 best players in the world along with nearly 35,000 spectators. The highlight of this event was the Counter-Strike™ Final, pitting Polish team PSG against NOA from Denmark in an epic three hour battle which was experienced live by 5,500 spectators and over a million via the Internet. Generating more than 2,000 national and international press articles, over 1000 hours of TV reports and 6,000,000+ internet reviews all around the world, ESWC has truly brought public recognition to e-sports. For more information, visit www.eswc.com.
NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.
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