New York, NY July 12, 2007 - The World Series of Video Games Presented by Intel (WSVG), today announced that Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, August 24-26, has been added to the competitive circuit for the 2007 season. With more than $75,000 in cash prizes, the Canada event will feature competitions on games including Blizzard Entertainment®'s "World of Warcraft®: The Burning Crusade,T" Activision's "Guitar Hero IIT" and "Quake 4T." Additional games may be added in the coming days. The event will comprise the biggest video game tournament ever to appear in Canada, and will serve as an additional stop where competitors can earn points on the World Series of Video Games international circuit. Open to all nationalities, registration for the tournament is immediately available at www.thewsvg.com.
The Fan Expo will welcome over 50,000 fans over the course of three days. Events taking place during Canada Fan Expo include the Canadian National Comic Book Expo, CNAnime, SFX Science Fiction Expo, Festival of Fear Horror Expo and GX-the Canadian National Gaming Expo. The World Cyber Games will also be present, holding their Canadian Qualifiers during the Expo. In addition to many artists from the worlds of comics and anime, dozens of celebrities will be on hand for autograph signings for the event, including Hayden Christensen (Star Wars), Adam West (Batman), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek) and the Red vs. Blue creative team.
"The World Series of Video Games, Presented by Intel will be the biggest video game event to hit Canada, thanks to a terrific partnership with Intel Canada and Fan Expo" said Matthew Ringel, commissioner of the World Series of Video Games. "After we announced an October event at Los Angeles eForAll, we very much wanted to schedule an event in late summer hitting the eastern region of North America. We are delighted that our inaugural event in Canada will be among the biggest on our video game circuit and, indeed, in all competitive gaming this year."
The 2007 World Series of Video Games, Presented by Intel, kicked off its second season with a record breaking four-day event in China in May that drew more than 100,000 attendees. This was followed by events in Louisville, Kentucky in June and Dallas, Texas in July. Television coverage of the 2007 series will begin airing on CBS Sports beginning July 29th, at 12pm ET.
Upcoming World Series Schedule of Events:
Aug. 24-26 Toronto, Canada
Oct. 18 - 21 Los Angeles, California
October TBA Major European city
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2 Jönköping, Sweden
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.
About Intel Corporation
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com
About Fan Expo Canada
Fan Expo Canada, owned and operated by local company Hobby Star Marketing,will celebrate its 13th anniversary with style this August 24 -26, 2007 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. The country's powerhouse genre event brings together an array of celebrities, exhibitors, retailers and visitors from all over the world.
Covering over 225,000 square feet, Fan Expo Canada focuses on five pop culture genres including: The Comic Book Expo; SFX - Science Fiction Expo; The Rue Morgue Festival of Fear - Horror; CNAnime - Japanese Animation and GX - Gaming Expo. Over 50,000 genre fans from all over the world are expected to attend this year's event.
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