Empire Of Sports Presents The Völkl Diamond Cup

Thursday 30th April/...Empire of Sports, the first massively connected multisport 3D game, is proud to unveil the latest in its ever growing online sports events; The Völkl Diamond Cup. In association with winter sports equipment brand, Völkl, Empire of Sports has added the Völkl Diamond Cup as a permanent feature to its already impressive line-up of resident online sports based events.

The Völkl Diamond Cup can be found in the permanent events program within Empire of Sports. There are four key stages to qualify for the Völkl Diamond Cup; the first three stages can be entered at any time during the week. The finals will be held every other Saturday and the winner will receive a ski outfit (jacket and trousers) from the Völkl Performance Wear range.

Empire of Sports provides a great interactive platform for companies to promote their brands and advertise new products online– while also reaching a wider audience. As part of Völkl’s association with Empire of Sports, two pairs of brand new Völkl skis will be made available for players’ avatars to use in-game, boosting their performance and making them look good while they’re doing it! Better still, as those ski models are part of Völkl’s range for the forthcoming 2009/10 winter season, Empire of Sports’ avatars will have access to them before the real skis are even available in the shops. So the players will exclusively be able to access the first-class quality of the equipment in May.

Empire of Sports is currently in the Prologue phase: this phase allows Empire of Sports to expand progressively, with the help and feedback of its vast community of online players.

If you are interested in entering the Völkl Diamond Cup and fancy your chances of winning a ski outfit worth£470, all you need to do is download the game client from www.empireofsports.com, register and speak with Francis in the centre of Empire of Sports!

For more information on the Völkl Diamond Cup, please visit https://www.empireofsports.com/community/en/events/permanent-events/sponsor-tournaments/voelkl-diamond-cup/index.html

To view the prizes listed above, please visit http://www.voelkl.com/index.cfm/DE/98/310 and http://www.voelkl.com/index.cfm/DE/98/312

To see a full list of online tournaments, please visit https://www.empireofsports.com/community/en/events/permanent-events/index.html

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About Empire of Sports

Empire of Sports is a new kind of massively multiplayer games. It combines the depth of role-play and the competitive dynamics of sports games in an innovative and very ambitious (including technically) persistent world, where players can meet in real time from all over the world and play sports together. Currently in its“Prologue” phase, Empire of Sports offers unrestricted access to its featured six sports: tennis, football, skiing, bobsleigh, basketball, and track&field. During this Prologue phase, players are encouraged to provide feedback to the development team to help fine tune the gameplay and business model. Premium accounts are already available for players willing to get extra services in Empire of Sports, like boosts for their avatars’ performances, access to special events, extra avatar slots… The Premium accounts are available from as low as€2,22 per month through the account management section on www.empireofsports.com.

Empire of Sports is produced and operated by the joint venture founded by Infront Sports&Media and F4. F4 is developing the platform leveraging the expertise of its team in online gaming and the creation of persistent virtual worlds, while Infront Sports&Media is contributing its long-term relationships with top sports federations, clubs and athletes to the endeavour. Empire of Sports has open its Prologue phase in Europe while Giant, the first Chinese massively multiplayer games operator, is about to starts its closed beta in China.

About Völkl

Völkl can look back on over 80 years of tradition in the manufacture of skis. Today the company is the only ski producer with development and manufacturing operations in Germany. More than any other firm, Völkl is therefore a byword for quality“made in Germany”. The parent plant in the Lower Bavarian town of Straubing was built in 1997 and still ranks as one of the most modern ski-producing facilities in the world. Völkl is seen as a "leading brand" when it comes to technological innovations. Apart from manufacturing skis (alpine and free ski), Völkl’s operations also include producing snowboards and functional winter sports clothing under the label“Völkl Performance Wear”.

About F4

Founded in 2002 by a pair of mathematicians, keen on gaming, mangas and philosophy, F4 is an independent company based on the Champs Elysées, Paris. Specializing in the conception, development and the operation of virtual worlds, F4 is strongly connected to 3D computer games. In contrast to other games, persistent worlds are hugely advantageous as they permit ongoing real-time dialogue within the players’ community. F4 is committed to take this a step further and continuously evolve the functionalities, gameplay and business model of its games. F4 are continuously looking to maintain and exceed player expectations. Empire of Sports relies on F4’s high technical standards to achieve results other than that seen in many typical MMO genres, and a unique graphical identity, both rich and endearing.

Further information is available from:

Sarah.hartland@bhpr.co.uk

Anna.larke@bhpr.co.uk

01462 456780


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