UK gamers crowned ‘Kings of CoD’ in GameShadow Battles tournament

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- 2 UK gamers claim part of £10,000 prize fund

- French gaming team, Team VeryGames claimed CSS winner’s title

29 August, London: After two and a half months of fierce battles, GameShadow Battles are pleased to announce the winners and runner ups of the 2012 GameShadow Battles Tournament.

Earlier this year Fasthosts, GameShadow & epic.LAN joined forces to a hold an online gaming tournament, GameShadow Battles, an opportunity for gamers from around the world to compete for a combined prize fund of £10,000.  Today they congratulate the teams across the globe that spent hours fighting for the gaming titles.

Commencing 21st May 2012, GameShadow Battles invited gamers to take part in a series of challenges within two featured games; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Challenge (CoD4) and Counter Strike: Source Challenge (CSS).  Over 1400 gamers from all over the world signed up to take part in the online tournament.

Combining GameShadow’s significant following, Fasthosts' world class server platform and epic.LAN's eSports expertise and specialised tournament management software, the tournament bought together the best of the best and an unforgettable and exhilarating experience.

Western Wolves, a gaming organization of 7 accomplished gamers from across Europe, took home the Call of Duty 4 Challenge title, alongside a prize fund of £2,750.  Founded in the early part of this year, and with a representation of 2 UK nationals, Western Wolves won all 10 of their matches.

Team VeryGames, established 3 years ago in France, were thrilled to be awarded first place for the Counter Strike: Source Challenge.  Speaking on behalf of the team, Nathan ‘NBK’ Schmitt remarked, “The GameShadow Battles was really enjoyable for both spectators and players. Everything was set up on time and ready to be used. The system was really nice and the level shown by the teams was really entertaining. It was a tough one for us to win! See you for the next one. “

Thomas ‘cHoObiE’ Mead, member of the CoD4 winning team, Western Wolves, commented, “It was a fantastic cup to participate in. I am glad that my team came out the victors despite a few hiccups along the way. The tournament was run incredibly smoothly thanks to the entire Gameshadow Battles / epic.LAN admin crew so we would like to thank them for that. In terms of the Fasthosts servers provided for the matches – The servers were surprisingly good despite being a UK location. Usually UK servers are bad for Swedish players, but that was never the case for us. The servers ran smoothly with no packet-loss and no in-game lag. Words can only express so much but I genuinely have to note that the servers were great to play on, which is a great change for any CoD4 player as most server-hosts aren’t this good quality! In any case thank you so much on behalf of my team and the entire community for presenting us with such a cup. It was great to play in and we hope to see you guys back another time!”

The CoD4 Challenge saw Phantasmagoria in second place and LowLandLions third.  In the CSS Challenge, UK team mouseports came in second and EYES ON U third.

The prize fund, provided by Fasthosts, was divided equally between the two challenges, with each £5,000 prize shared between the top three finishing teams. The winning teams, Western Wolves and Team VeryGames received £2,750 each, in second place, Phantasmagoria and mouseports, took home £1,500 each, and in third place, LowLandLions and EYES ON U each collected £750.

Additional prizes were awarded each week for ‘Player of the Week’. Winners included Mike Powell, Jordan Cooper, Jordan Savelli, Jani Koskinen and Thomas Mead.

Mark Townsend, Director of GameShadow commented, "We are delighted with the success of what was a thrilling tournament, with some of the best gamers around the world involved.  As we expected, the tournament was a significant development in the UK gaming scene this year and we would like to thank all those involved.  The gamers for their admissions, skills and clever tactics, Fasthosts for their impeccable lightening fast Game Servers and epic.LAN for the outstanding professional management of the tournaments. We cannot wait for the next!"

Claire Lewis, Marketing Director of Fasthosts, added, "GameShadow Battles 2012 has been a great opportunity for us to engage with gamers and showcase our servers in an environment that demands high performance and responsiveness. From a technology perspective, this was a natural development for us and we’re proud to have been involved. We are delighted with the calibre of entrants we managed to attract and the buzz that the tournament created. Demand exceeded all expectations and our intention is to run a similar tournament in the very near future."

Jon Winkle, Managing Director at epic.LAN, commented "It was a stressful but eventful two and a half months. We worked closely with the teams, many of whom we knew or were acquainted with.  We saw several exciting and nail biting games, and were kept on the edge of our seats throughout. It was a pleasure to co-ordinate and associate to.  Thank you to everyone taking part."

Information on all the teams, partners, challenges, results and matches are available on the GameShadow Battles website www.gameshadowbattles.com. Future tournaments are planned the details of which will be available on the website at a later date.

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