E for All Teams up with World Series of Video Games Presented by Intel to Offer Massive Video Game Tournament
FRAMINGHAM, MA & NEW YORK, NY – MAY 14, 2007 – IDG World Expo and the World Series of Video Games Presented by Intel (WSVG), today announced that "Entertainment for All(TM) Expo" (E for All) will be the last and biggest U.S. event for the competitive circuit this season, before it heads to Europe for the final two events. With more than $90,000 in cash prizes, the E for All edition of the WSVG circuit will feature four arenas of competitive game play on multiple titles, including the world's most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s "World of Warcraft(R): The Burning Crusade.(TM)" Rounding out the competition are Activision's "Guitar Hero II(TM)," "EA SPORTS(TM) Fight Night Round 3," and Activision's "Call of Duty 2." Coverage will be available online and as a one-hour televised special in November. E for All will take over the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 18-21, 2007, in downtown Los Angeles.
The 2007 World Series of Video Games, Presented by Intel, has already vaulted to unprecedented heights after a four-day event in China last week that drew more than 90,000 attendees and awarded $50,000 in cash prizes to the winners. The event moves to the US this summer for events in Louisville and Dallas. E for All replaces Orlando as the last and largest US stop on this year's WSVG circuit.
In addition to tournaments, E for All attendees will be first to try the newest, hottest computer and video games in advance of their release for the holidays. Other offerings include social and professional networking opportunities, game stages, the acclaimed Video Games Live concert and much more. Created by the team that produced E3 for the last decade, E for All connects all segments of the booming video game market – consumers, publishers, industry luminaries, media and retail.
"From the moment it was announced, we recognized that E for All is going to become the most important gaming event of the year," said Matthew Ringel, president and commissioner of the WSVG. "We knew we had to move our Universal Orlando event to be a part of this. E for All and the World Series of Video Games share a common goal of introducing video game competition to a wide and mainstream audience."
"By featuring the WSVG at E for All, we're able to offer fans a direct connection to the energy and excitement of game play at the competitive level," said Mary Dolaher, CEO, IDG World Expo. "We're delighted to work with WSVG to offer the biggest US circuit stop for thousands of people who have a passion for games."
Upcoming World Series Schedule of Events:
June 21 – 24 Louisville, Kentucky
July 5 – 8 Dallas, Texas
Oct. 18 – 21 Los Angeles, California
October TBA Major European city
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 Jonkoping, Sweden
About E for All(TM)
E for All(TM) is a new event created for all people who are passionate about video games and everything related. The Expo was launched in response to strong demand for an event that connects all segments of the market – consumers, producers, retailers, media and industry insiders. E for All offers an increasingly diverse consumer marketplace the opportunity to see and try new products before they reach store shelves. Event organizers anticipate its mid-October dates will launch an early and successful holiday shopping season for the industry. For more information about E for All Expo or to register for updates about the event, please visit www.EforAllExpo.com .
About The World Series of Video Games
The World Series of Video Games is the world's premier video game tournament circuit, which recently began its second season. In 2006, the World Series of Video Games attracted more than 90,000 attendees, produced 250 hours of broadband video, and 20 hours of programming on CBS, MTV, CSTV and GamePlay HD. Registration for all events, a full list of rules and all prizing for circuit events is available on the WSVG website at www.thewsvg.com .
About Intel Corporation
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft(R) and the Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. ( www.blizzard.com ), a division of Vivendi Games, is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track record includes ten #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company's online-gaming service, Battle.net(R), is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active users.
About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com ) produces tradeshows and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment for All(TM) (E for All(TM)), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), LinuxWorld(R) OpenSolutions Summit(TM), Next Generation Data Center(TM) (NGDC(TM)), and SaaScon(TM). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
About International Data Group (IDG)
International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG's online network includes more than 450 web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers.
IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, "Entertainment for All(TM) Expo" (E for All(TM)), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 850 IDC analysts in 50 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends.
Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at http://www.idg.com .