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Professional Gamers League Chooses NVIDIA as Official 3D Graphics Technology


Leading Graphics Firm Becomes 16th Sponsor in First Year for Professional Gamers' League 

For Immediate Release

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 11, 1998 - NVIDIA(TM) Corporation today announced that the RIVA family of 3D graphic processors will be the official 3D graphics processors of the AMD(R) Professional Gamers League (PGL)(TM). Created and owned by Total Entertainment Network (TEN) in 1997, the PGL was the first on-line, professional sports league for computer game players. In a separate announcement, Diamond Multimedia will host the Diamond Multimedia Championships of the AMD PGL, which will be held November 12-14th at the Club-i in San Francisco, California.

"The AMD PGL is an ideal venue for NVIDIA to showcase its 3D processors," said Lew Paceley, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. "The AMD PGL's dedication to promoting a cutting-edge gaming environment matches NVIDIA's commitment to provide users with a stunning visual experience."

The PGL is a showcase for the next generation of high-speed, high-impact online gaming, and is designed to broaden consumers' awareness of gaming on the Internet. With more than $2.5 million in sponsorships, and awarding over $250,000 in cash and prizes, in its first year, the PGL has met with tremendous acclaim from sponsors and players alike. To register for the league, players should visit

"The PGL identified NVIDIA as the PGL graphics processor company of choice due to their reputation for providing award-winning graphics technology," said Erik Lundberg, executive producer of the PGL. "The PGL player and fan communities are among the most demanding and voracious consumers of leading edge technologies and thus a perfect fit for NVIDIA's leading-edge processors."

NVIDIA is the official 3D graphics technology and a top category sponsor of the PGL in part because of its industry-leading, high-performance 3D graphics technology. The PGL will use and feature NVIDIA's products at all PGL events. NVIDIA will assist in the promotion of these events, PGL products and customer products.

NVIDIA's RIVA family of 3D processors, the RIVA 128, RIVA 128ZX and the RIVA TNT are 128-bit 3D processors which deliver a new level of performance to the mainstream PC market. By leveraging NVIDIA's graphics technology and massive gate counts, the RIVA processor family is designed to deliver stunningly realistic, high frame rate 3D, along with benchmark winning 2D, VGA and video acceleration all in single chip iterations. The RIVA processors are optimized for both Direct3D and OpenGL.

About the PGL
The PGL is a property of Total Entertainment Network, the premier provider of recreational Internet games and game communities for the mass market. TEN has distribution partnerships with many of the Web's most popular destinations including Excite, Infoseek and Webcrawler, as well as online rights to more than 60 games-over half of which are exclusive to TEN. TEN has also pioneered competitive computer gaming, through entities such as the PGL ( and the NASCAR Racing Online Series (NROS) ( TEN received its initial funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, with subsequent investors including Ameritech; Goldman Sachs; Robertson, Stephens & Co.; Vertex Management; Wasserstein Perella Ventures.

NVIDIA Corporation
NVIDIA Corporation, rated the most influential 3D processor company by PC Magazine, designs, develops, markets and sells high-performance 3D processors for personal computers. New corporate headquarters are in California: NVIDIA Corporation, 3535 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, CA 95051. (408) 615-2500. //
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