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SANTA CLARA, CA and DALLAS, TX—FEBRUARY 3, 2005 —NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, and the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), today announced that NVIDIA has signed on as a presenting sponsor of the $1,000,000 CPL World Tour™. The landmark tour, which boasts the largest cash purse ever offered by a game tournament, will travel to ten international cities and is expected to bring together the world’s best competitive PC game players and computing enthusiasts at every stop.
The $1,000,000 CPL World Tour will commence on February 10th in Istanbul, Turkey, and will travel to major cities in Europe, Asia, South America and North America throughout the year.
“This sponsorship is a great fit for both CPL and NVIDIA as it allows NVIDIA to publicly show its support for the PC gaming community and those gamers that demonstrate excellence in play,” said David Roman, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. “Participating in the CPL World Tour complements NVIDIA’s ongoing grass roots marketing efforts and gives us an opportunity to reach out to a large and diverse global audience of gamers who seek the highest performance technologies. We applaud the CPL’s endeavors to promote the sport of competitive gaming in an entertaining and high-profile way.”
As a presenting sponsor, NVIDIA will host on-site exhibits at each of the ten tour stops, as well as equip the tournament PCs deployed at each tour stop with its award-winning GeForce™ 6800 model graphics processing units (GPUs). The selection of NVIDIA® GPUs will deliver to players competing in the headline Painkiller competition the distinct technology advantage of blazing fast frame rates and crisp visuals necessary for extreme levels of play.
NVIDIA is also contributing funds to the “unofficial” competitions based on other popular PC games, including Day of Defeat and Warcraft 3, at select tour stops.
Gamers across the globe will have an opportunity to follow the action via radio broadcasts hosted by the Team Sportscast Network (TSN). Also sponsored by NVIDIA for the CPL World Tour, TSN plans to broadcast live, play-by-play coverage of all the major competitions from each stop on the CPL World Tour from its Website, located at http://worldtour.tsncentral.com/.
“NVIDIA has been a wonderful partner of the CPL and its continued support has elevated game tournaments to a new level,” said Angel Munoz, founder and president of the CPL. “CPL competitors demand the highest performing hardware and NVIDIA has consistently delivered. We look forward to building on this relationship with the commencement of the World Tour.”
For more information about the $1,000,000 CPL World Tour, including a complete list of tour stops, please visit www.cplworldtour.com.
About the CPL
Launched June 1997, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) was the first organization to advance computer game competitions to the level of a professional sport. Today, the CPL is the global leader in competitive computer gaming, having held 35 live tournaments on five continents. The CPL has also sanctioned a large number of qualifying tournaments held in over 30 countries. Visit the CPL website at www.thecpl.com.
NVIDIA Corporation is a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors. The Company’s products enhance the end-user experience on consumer and professional computing devices. NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs), media and communications processors (MCPs), and wireless media processors (WMPs) have broad market reach and are incorporated into a variety of platforms, including consumer and enterprise PCs, notebooks, workstations, PDAs, mobile phones, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, the advantages to those players using NVIDIA GPUs, the gamers participating in the tour and other statements about the tour are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing defects, the offering of a larger purse by another game competition, incompatibility of technologies, reliance on third-party manufacturers, changes in industry standards and interfaces, our dependence on third-party developers and publishers and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended October 24, 2004. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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