Fatal1ty, Stermy, Master, Maximus, EFGaming, PMS Clan, Chomper to compete for $80,000 in Prize Money

El Segundo, Calif., Continuing the commitment to revolutionize professional video gaming, DIRECTV, the nation’s leading satellite television service provider, will host the second Championship Gaming Invitational, an all-day, all-star battle between top industry gamers including Fatal1ty, Stermy, Master , Maximus, Ch0mper, and many others. The television special will tape on Saturday, December 16 at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California and debut in February 2007 on DIRECTV’s channel 101.

Teaming up with Mountain Dew IGN, Xbox, ,and Best Buy, the Championship Gaming Invitational will feature international gaming superstars as they vie for $80,000 in prize money, as well as top honors in the four competitions surrounding Dead or Alive 4, Project Gotham Racing 3, Counterstrike: Source, and Quake 4. Pro gamers will also be the first to experience the new World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade debuting in stores January 2007, during the 8-hour competition.

The Revolution Continues with Championship Gaming Invitational on DIRECTV

“We’ve cracked the code in turning competitive gaming into compelling television,” said Steven Roberts, DIRECTV Vice President, General Manager Games & Strategic Initiatives. “We have been working closely with the gamers and the publishers to ensure that the viewer at home will get the best experience possible when experiencing this competition via television. We are committed to making Professional Video Gaming the next big trend in entertainment.

The Championship Gaming Invitational is the second half of a two part special designed to set the stage for the Championship Gaming Series debuting in 2007. DIRECTV will bring back 11-time Emmy Award-winner Mike Burks and acclaimed sports producer Arthur Smith to once again elevate professional gaming to a whole new level. The duo will incorporate 17 high definition cameras, multiple virtual cameras inside each of the games, and Dolby Digital audio to capture the excitement both on and off the gaming field.

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