Los Angeles, CA - February 20, 2008 - Fresh from the unprecedented success of its inaugural 2007 season, Championship Gaming Series? (CGS), the only worldwide professional video gaming league, today officially announced its 2008 schedule of events for the Pan-Asian Region.
The commencement of the 2008 season will build on the immense foundation laid last year, when CGS drafted 18 teams located on five continents, made high-definition broadcasts available to more than 350 million viewers worldwide, and crowned Chicago Chimera as the first-ever CGS World Champion at the $1 million CGS World Final in Los Angeles. CGS has redefined professional gaming and transformed it into a modern sport for the digital age.
Last year, CGS revolutionized competitive video gaming by launching the only worldwide professional gaming league and creating groundbreaking television programming distributed to a worldwide audience, said CGS Commissioner Andy Reif. Asia is an important region for us and the announcement of our Pan-Asian Final in Wuhan is the first of several exciting announcements to take place in the region.
General Managersfrom the six CGS Pan-Asian teams will soon begin evaluating their current team talent and commence the scouting and selection process for their 2008 team roster. The teams include Seoul Jinhwa, Wuhan Dragon, Singapore Sword, Sydney Underground, Dubai Mirage and Kuala Lumpur Taufan. Last year, Singapore Sword took the Pan-Asian Final as the six teams battled it out for dominance in Kuala Lumpur. This year, the teams will travel to Wuhan for the Pan-Asian Final, April 30-May 3. The top two finishers at the Pan-Asian Final will then compete against the world’s best teams at the CGS World Final.
In the 2008 season, each CGS team consists of ten athletes, each specializing in an official League game. Five of the ten players comprise a Counter-Strike: Source (CS:S) squad which competes in five-on-five matches. FIFA 08 is played one-on-one. Each CGS team also has a mixed-doubles team of two Dead or Alive 4 players, who will play against other teams in one-on-one matches on Xbox 360. Forza Motorsport 2 consists of two racers on each team competing in a two-versus-two format, also on Xbox 360.
CGS events are broadcast to more than 350 million viewers worldwide by DIRECTV's channel 101 in the U.S., BSkyB's Sky One, Sky Two and Sky HD in the UK, ESPN STAR Sports in Asia, Sky in Brazil and Mexico, and DIRECTV throughout the remainder of Latin America, and across Continental Europe via broadcast partners which will be announced shortly.
For more information, please go to thecgs.com.
About Championship Gaming Series
Headquartered inLos Angeles, CA, the Championship Gaming Series (CGS) is the only worldwide professional video gaming league. Launched in 2007, and a joint venture among BSkyB, DIRECTV and STAR, CGS features teams of the world's best gamers from North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The league distributes entertainment content to more than 350 million viewers worldwide via DIRECTV in North America and Latin America, BSkyB in the UK, and STAR in Asia and Australia. CGS sponsors include Mountain Dew, Creative, Xbox 360 and Dell XPS.