Professional Video Gaming Comes of Age
CompUSA and NVIDIA Announce Sponsorship of Champion Gamers Team 3D
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DALLAS, TX and SANTA CLARA, CA—SEPTEMBER 9, 2003—CompUSA Inc., Where America Buys Technology(TM), and NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today announced a relationship in which the companies will sponsor professional gamers Team 3D. The champion gamers will compete in key gaming competitions around the globe, including next month’s World Cyber Games championships in Korea, where the team will represent the US in the “Counter-Strike” finals and compete for a piece of a $350,000 grand prize. This sponsorship makes Team 3D one of the first team of gamers to receive recognition and sponsorship dollars from major corporations, lending further credibility to the sport of video gaming.
“We are very excited to be part of the group raising the bar for professional gaming,” said George Coll, vice president, E-commerce, CompUSA. “The innovative technology being used in our CompUSA cyberstores is being driven by gamers like Team 3D and we will continue to help make revolutionary concepts a reality for our core consumer.”
Hailed as one of the best “Counter-Strike” teams in North America, Team 3D track record has netted them major title wins from organizations including the Cyberathlete Professional League. As part of the sponsorship, Team 3D will be equipped with PCs powered by NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing units (GPUs) and NVIDIA nForce2™ platform processors, provided by Shuttle Computer, which they will use as competitive equipment at major gaming tournaments around the world.
The six-man Team 3D roster includes: David “moto” Geffon of Chatsworth, Calif., Ronald “Rambo” Kim of Dallas, Texas, Kyle “Ksharp” Miller of Mclean, Virginia, and Sean “Bullseye” Morgan of Denton, Texas, Ognian “Steel” Gueorguiev of Montreal, Canada and Johnny “Boms” Quach of Rosemead, CA
“We are very excited to team with CompUSA and Team 3D as it marks a significant milestone in competitive gaming,” said David Roman, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “Professional sports players rely on the best equipment to give them a winning edge. Team3D is no exception as they will be gaming on PCs powered by GeForce FX - the world’s fastest and most feature-rich family of graphics processors – to keep them at the top of their game.”
For additional information on Team 3D, please log onto www.team3d.net.