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NVIDIA Signs World's Top-Ranked Team of Professional Gamers

 
 

Sweden’s Team SK Added to Company’s Growing Roster of Cyberathletes

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Carrie Cowan
NVIDIA Corporation
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ccowan@nvidia.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SANTA CLARA, CA—JANUARY 26, 2004—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced the signing of an endorsement agreement with Team Schroet Kommando (SK), the world’s top-ranked team in the competitive and growing sport of video gaming.  Widely considered to be the best “Counter-Strike” team in the world, the six-man, multi-national Team SK is the reigning champions of the Cyberathlete Professional League® and World Cyber Games.  As a result of the agreement, Team SK will train and compete on PCs equipped with NVIDIA GeForce™ FX graphics processing units (GPUs), as well as play a role in the Company’s grassroots marketing campaigns geared towards gaming enthusiasts worldwide.

“We’re pleased to be working with such an international force in competitive gaming,” said Bill Rehbock, director of content development at NVIDIA.  “Team SK’s global fan base is unmatched and we’re excited to have them drive home NVIDIA’s position as the choice of gamers worldwide.”

Andreas Thorstensson, leader and managing director of SK added, "This sponsorship relationship with NVIDIA is a major step for SK, as we found the perfect partner for giving us the equipment and support we need to keep us at the top of our game.  NVIDIA’s dedication and support for the gaming community is unmatched and we’re pleased to be associated with such a winning company and brand.”

The SK “Counter-Strike” roster includes:  Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, Christer “fisker” Eriksson, Tommy “Potti” Ingemarsson, Abdisamad “SpawN” Mohamed, Ola “ElemenT” Moum, and Michael “ahl” Korduner.  Team SK members range in age from 17-23 and hail from Sweden.

In 2004, Team SK plans to compete at all major competitive gaming events around the globe including this Summer’s Electronic Sports World Cup in Poitiers, France; the Cyberathlete Professional League Summer Championships in Dallas, Texas; and the World Cyber Games in San Francisco, Calif., where they will vie for cash prizes collectively worth more than $800,0000.  For more information about Team SK, please log onto www.schroet.com.

About Schroet Kommando:
Schroet Kommando (SK) is a multinational gaming team, competing in Counter Strike, Warcraft 3 and FIFA.  In the last years SK has developed into an eSports Team, playing multiplayer games on a competitive, international basis, attending tournaments all over the world.  Team SK’s sponsorship roster also includes support from leading corporations such as Intel Corporation, Shuttle Computer, Leadtek, and more.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,800 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com <http://www.nvidia.com>.

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