Wendel was highly grateful for this honor. “I can’t tell you how honored and happy I am to receive this award”, he stated. “It’s been a long time and continuing goal of mine to keep pushing gaming forward. For all of those who’ve supported me, I appreciate it so much!”

Steve Erickson, Vice President of Creative Labs, a Fatal1ty licensed partner, congratulated Johnathan, “Creative Labs has always held Fatal1ty, the person and competitor, in highest regard, and the Fatal1ty Brand has benefited greatly from the cooperation he’s always shown to promote competitive video gaming across the globe. We are extremely happy for him.”

“Everyone at XFX is thrilled for Johnathan”, expressed Eddie Memon, Vice President. “We are very proud to be a Fatal1ty licensed partner, and the spirit expressed in this award is the reason why.”

The Award will be handed out together with the regular eSports Award categories in a grand ceremony at 8 PM CET on August 25 at Games convention in Leipzig, Germany with Fatal1ty in attendance. GIGA 2 will broadcast live and a web stream will be available through www.esports-award.org.

About Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel
Johnathan became the world’s first full time professional video gamer in October 1999, when he placed third at the CPL’s Frag3 tournament. Two weeks later he was invited to represent the USA in an international tournament in Stockholm, where he went undefeated with a perfect performance, winning all 18 maps and losing none. He has continued to dominate competitions all over the world, competing on 6 continents during his 8-year professional career, including a Gold Medal finish for the USA at the 2000 World Cyber Games in Seoul, Korea.

Winning the 2005 CPL World Tour Finals in New York City secured his twelfth Major Championship and tenth world title, accomplished while competing in 5 different games – an unprecedented achievement. His New York City victory earned him $150,000 and brought his 2005 total winnings to $231,000. During his competitive gaming career Fatal1ty has placed 1st in 65% of all the competitions he has entered and top 3 in 90% of them.

Johnathan has joined forces with DirecTV’s Championship Gaming Series as exclusive commentator, global spokesperson and advisor to help take video gaming to the next level. For more information please visit www.fatal1ty.com.

About eSports Award
The eSports Award is the most prestigious accolade available in eSports. The award is designed to give athletes, teams, journalists and developers involved in eSports proper recognition for their work and sportsmanship. Only the best of the best are honored with the prize. Players are nominated for specific achievements in single tournaments. In most categories, the final winners are determined by a jury, while the community chooses the awards honoring achievements for the community. The winners are crowned during a televised ceremony at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany. www.esports-award.org

About Creative
Creative (NASDAQ: CREAF) is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed MuVo® and ZEN portable audio players. Creative’s innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment — anytime, anywhere. www.creative.com

About XFX
XFX is a global presence in the world of electronic gaming. With its focus on taking gaming to the extreme, XFX has developed an exciting array of video cards and accessories that are designed to maximize the entire entertainment experience. A division of PINE Technologies, XFX operates its own manufacturing facility and maintains an R&D team that features some of the industry’s most renowned talents. Learn more about XFX at www.xfxforce.com

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