450 Country Champs and RPS Aficionados From Around the World Square Off
in the Cerebral Sport of Conflict Resolution; RPS Comes of Age and Takes
Centre Stage in Toronto
TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - One referee. Two fists of fury. Three signals
to throw. Who will emerge victorious and be named the 2008 Yahoo! World
Champion of Rock Paper Scissors?
With global bragging rights and $13K cash prizing on the line, the <a href="http://www.worldrps.com/">World</a>
<a href="http://www.worldrps.com/">RPS Society</a> and <a href="http://ca.yahoo.com/">Yahoo! Canada</a> are pleased to announce an international field
of professional-level Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) players will compete
head-to-head at the 2008 Yahoo! Rock Paper Scissors World Championships on
Saturday, October 25th in Toronto, Canada. The two organizations reached an
agreement naming Yahoo! Canada as the 2008 Title Sponsor of this historic
event that is now in its seventh year.
Event organizers welcome back current World Champion Andrea Farina of
Syracuse, New York to defend her crown and do battle with a fresh crop of
seasoned RPS veterans spanning all parts of Canada and the US, and from
far-reaching destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Argentina.
As always, the World RPS Society opens the competition floor to 'walk ons' and
anyone who thinks they have what it takes to compete at the World-class level
and experience what it's like to become a professional athlete for one night.
"What other sport provides you with the opportunity to literally come out
of nowhere and leave as a World Champion?" says Graham Walker, Events
Chairman, World RPS Society. "Yahoo's backing helps us to up the ante even
further while bringing added visibility and mainstream interest to our
doorstep. Part social event and part pop culture phenomena, this will prove to
be a storied Saturday evening as the business at hand unfolds. There may not
be blood, but plenty of egos will get bruised."
Last year, over 700 competitors and spectators converged on Toronto to
take in the championship bout of this growing sport. Now recognized
universally as a timeless method of decision-making, RPS has evolved from
playground pastime to achieve revered sporting status. In recent years, RPS
has even been used to settle high-profile disputes in both boardrooms and
courtrooms. In 2005 a game of RPS in Japan determined that Christie's would
represent a $20 million auction house art sale over rival Sotheby's, and in
2006 a federal judge in Florida ordered bickering lawyers to resolve a minor
issue in an insurance lawsuit through RPS.
"The sport of RPS combines the collective cunning found at a high-stakes
poker tournament, the grit and determination inside the heart of a heavyweight
boxing contender, and the creative flair of a starving artist destined for
greatness," says Dave Soyka, Marketing Manager at Yahoo! Canada. "Securing
title sponsorship to this year's RPS world championship is a coup and a
perfect fit for Yahoo! Canada. Now if only the Canadian electoral process
could be decided so simply."
Still having a hard time picturing what all of this will look like?
Visit: <a href="http://ca.video.yahoo.com/watch/1185303/4223046">RPS - A Documentary</a> and <a href="http://rps.digitalsnippets.com/">RPS - Digital Snippets</a>
The 2008 Yahoo! Rock Paper Scissors World Championships will take place
at the Steam Whistle Brewery, The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto,
Ontario. Doors open at 7 p.m. and play begins at 8 p.m. sharp. Attendees must
be 19 years of age or older and should purchase their tickets in advance at
www.worldrps.com, as tickets are limited. Competitor tickets are $40.00 CDN;
spectator tickets are $12.00 CDN in advance.
As part of the Championship weekend, a special screening of Mike
McKeown's award-winning documentary on the sport 'Rock Paper Scissors: A Geek
Tragedy' will take place at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West at 9:30
p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2008.
About The World RPS Society
The World RPS Society www.worldrps.com is dedicated to the promotion of
Rock Paper Scissors as a fun and safe way to resolve disputes. We feel that
conserving the roots of RPS is essential for the growth and development of the
game and the players. The World RPS Society is involved in many areas of the
sport, such as; research studies, workshops, tournaments at both local and
international levels, book publishing, and much more.
About Yahoo! Canada
Yahoo! Canada Co. is a leading Internet destination that provides online
products and services to meet the needs of Canadians and offers a range of
tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users.
Yahoo! Canada services Canadians in both English and in French through its
sites, www.yahoo.ca and http://qc.yahoo.ca. In Canada, Yahoo! sites were
visited by more than 16 million Canadians in August 2008 (comScore Media
Metrix, August, 2008). Yahoo! Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: Laura Butcher, Jessica Davidson, Environics
Communications, Inc., (416) 969-2766, (416) 969-2735,