CHAMPIONSHIP GAMING SERIES ANNOUNCES 2008 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR NORTH AMERICA SEASON AND WORLD FINAL

LOS ANGELES– May 20, 2008– Championship Gaming SeriesTM (CGS), the only worldwide professional gaming league, today announced its schedule of events for the 2008 North America Season and World Final, beginning Monday, June 2 and running through the 2008 CGS World Championship on Monday, July 28.

During the course of those action-packed two months, gamers from eight teams across the globe will convene in Los Angeles to battle over US$1,000,000 in prize money, and the winning team will receive a payout of US$500,000. Players will live in CGS-supplied apartments in Los Angeles and practice with their team players every day in preparation for the World Final, which begin with quarterfinal matches on Monday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 16.

The North America Season and World Championship will be broadcast live in front of a television audience, in HDTV, on DIRECTV. Additional events throughout the summer will be covered live on thecgs.com, including the kick-off for the 2008 CGS North America Season, which will broadcastlive daily June 2– June 13 beginning at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT on theCGS.com from the campus of Electronic Arts Los Angeles.

Outside of North America, televised coverage of the World Championship will air in the UK on BSkyB , in Asia on STAR and ESPN-STAR and in Australia on STAR. In September, Eurosport 2 will broadcast the 2008 World Championship to more than 41 nations in continental Europe.

Additional details on each of the events will be forthcoming:

• 2008 CGS NORTH AMERICA SEASON KICK-OFF

Hosted at the Electronic Arts LA Campus

Monday, June 2– Friday, June 13, 2008

Airing nightly on thecgs.com Mon.– Fri at 6 p.m. PDT / 9 p.m. EDT

• 2008 CGS REGULAR NORTH AMERICA SEASON

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Mon. June 16– two televised matches

Wed., June 18– two televised matches

Sat., June 21– broadcast online at thecgs.com

Mon, June 23– two televised matches

Wed., June 25– two televised matches

Mon, June 30– two televised matches

Wed., July 2– Playoffs– Semifinals– two televised matches

Thurs., July 3– Qualifier for wildcard #8 team in World Final

Mon., July 7– North America Final

Televised matches airing live on DirecTV

• 2008 CGS UK/EUROPEAN FINAL COMPETITIONS

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Friday, June 27– Saturday, June 28, 2008

Taped before a television audience for broadcast on SKY

• 2008 CGS NORTH AMERICA FINAL COMPETITION

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Televised matches airing live on DirecTV

• 2008 PAN-ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA FINAL COMPETITIONS

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Taped before a television audience for broadcast on STAR, DIRECTV Latin America and SKY

• 2008 CGS WORLD INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Airing on thecgs.com

• 2008 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTERFINALS

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Monday, July 14, 2008– Quarterfinals #1 and 2

Wednesday, July 16, 2008– Quarterfinals #3 and 4

Televised matches airing live on DirecTV

• 2008 CGS WORLD OF WARCRAFT ARENA CHAMPIONSHIP

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Airing on thecgs.com

• 2008 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINALS

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Monday, July 21, 2008– Semifinal #1

Wednesday, July 23, 2008– Semifinal #2

Televised matches airing live on DirecTV

• 2008 WORLD FINAL MATCH

Hosted at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, Santa Monica, Calif.

Monday, July 28, 2008 - Final match

Televised matches airing live on DirecTV

About Championship Gaming Series

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the Championship Gaming Series® (CGS) is the only worldwide professional video gaming league. Launched in 2007, and a joint venture among BSkyB, DIRECTV and STAR, 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 distributes entertainment content to more than 400 million viewers worldwide via DIRECTV in North America and Latin America, BSkyB in the UK, Eurosport in Europe, ESPN-STAR and STAR in Asia and STAR in Australia. CGS sponsors include Mountain Dew, Creative, Xbox 360 and Dell XPS.

Media Contact:

Michael Hope

Championship Gaming Series

(310) 574-5142

mhope@thecgs.com

Christian Averill

Fleishman-Hillard

(212) 453-2341

christian.averill@fleishman.com


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