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Events include Xbox Open, LAN Party, Geometry Wars Tournament, Music, Entertainment and Fun

Known in prior years as the CPL Summer Championship, The World Series of Video Games (WSVG) will be renamed the Intel Summer Championship, which reflects the partnership between WSVG and Intel, the presenting sponsor of the series. The four-day festival will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center July 6-9, 2006 in Grapevine (near Dallas) and will include tournaments, events and entertainment. Events include a concert from the video game band the NESkimos, a special sneak peek screening of never-before-seen footage from DOA: Dead or Alive, World Cup competitions, Dance Dance Revolution contest, Texas Hold Em Poker, Xbox activities, a LAN party and much more.

"Intel is committed to the gaming community," said Tim Takeuchi, gaming strategy manager at Intel. "We see the Intel® Core(tm)2 Duo architecture as the future of competitive game play and are eager to showcase this product in Dallas.

The video game competitions at the Intel Summer Championship will be intense. Already, 864 competitors from around the world have pre-registered for competitions with $225,000 in cash and prizes at this event, and a record 1500 have enrolled in the Bring-your-own-computer LAN party. Some of the compelling stories the gaming world will be following at this event include if pro gamer Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel will be able to overcome his recent fourth place finish, to beat his sparring partners Alessandro “stermy” Avallone and Rafik “LoSt-CaUsE” Bryant, and whether former Halo champ Matt “Zyos” Leto can make the switch and reign supreme in a new competition, Project Gotham Racing 3, on his native Dallas turf.

This time around, even without pre-registering, gamers can come and qualify at the Xbox Open on Thursday, July 6th to earn their spots to compete in Halo 2 and Project Gotham Racing 3. In addition, sneak peeks of hot new game titles will be featured in the Intel booth and in an Xbox Arcade, notably a massive Dance Dance Revolution contest and a Geometry Wars tournament.

Ambitious gamers will be drawn to the “Break into the Video Games Biz” seminars and panels. These activities are terrific opportunities for individuals looking to get into the gaming and technology industries to meet with industry executives and ask questions about careers. There will also be presentations from Intel on How to Build Your Own Laptop and Mobile Gaming, and from Xbox about the Xbox Live service.

“The video game and high tech industries are an attractive career direction, and one of our goals at the WSVG is to help open doors,” added Ringel. Our ‘Break into the Video Game Biz’ track opens a dialogue for the next generation of gaming and technology executives and creatives to learn more about potential career paths, build relationships and get advice from today’s top talents in the business.”

The World Series of Video Games (WSVG), presented by Intel, is the first international video game competition circuit on multiple gaming platforms. The WSVG circuit consists of eight national and international events where the top two winners of each category will be flown to the final tournament to be held later in the year where ultimate video game champions will be crowned.

More information is available at www.thewsvg.com.