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Stockholm, Sweden– 7th September, 2007– Championship Gaming Series TM (CGS), the only worldwide professional gaming league, today announced it has secured the services of Emil“HeatoN” Christensen as the Team Manager for the League’s Stockholm team. HeatoN joins Sujoy Roy and Michael O’Dell, who are the Team Managers for London and Birmingham, respectively. CGS will announce the Team Manager for Berlin prior to the European Draft event on 23rd September in Birmingham.
HeatoN is a legendary Counter-Strike player who most recently held the role of Captain and Coach of the NiP Gaming team. Since beginning his career as a pro gamer in 2001, he has played with some of the best teams in the world and won numerous accolades and major competitions, establishing himself as one of the world’s best-known CS players.
Helming the new UK teams will be Sujoy Roy and Michael O’Dell. These pro gaming veterans represent a new generation of leadership in the world of professional gaming and will be responsible for shaping the most competitive gaming teams in the history of the UK.
Team Managers assist CGS in recruiting, drafting, and managing their teams. It is the responsibility of these managers to lead their teams to victory in the upcoming CGS UK and European Finals, and in the 2007 World Championship in December in Los Angeles. HeatoN, Roy, and O’Dell are actively scouting talent for participation in the UK and European qualifiers and will be making decisions on which players to draft after a thorough evaluation.
“We are proud that HeatoN will be joining CGS as the Manager of our Stockholm team,” said CGS Commissioner Andy Reif.“He is a renowned and incredibly well-respected leader in pro gaming and will contribute greatly to the success of the league.”
The London, Birmingham, Berlin, and Stockholm official team names and identities will be revealed at the UK and European Draft events on 23rd September. On 24th September, the Berlin and Stockholm teams will face off in the European Final at Omega Sektor in Birmingham. Meanwhile, London and Birmingham will battle in the UK Final on 26th–28th September at Three Mills Studio in East London.
Each player on the four teams from the UK and Europe will receive contracts with annualized payments of£15,000, and the possibility of taking home more than£50,000. All four teams will compete at the CGS 2007 World Championship in Los Angeles in December along with other top gamers from around the world, including two teams from Latin America, two teams from the U.S., and four teams from Asia. Payments for CGS professional gamers worldwide will total approximately£2.5 million in 2007.
For more information, please go to www.thecgs.com.
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 100,000,000 households worldwide via DIRECTV in North America and Latin America, BSkyB in the UK, and STAR in Asia and Australia. CGS sponsors include Mountain Dew, Dell XPS and Xbox 360.