Game On! World Series of Video Games Presented by Intel: The Largest Video Game Tournament Ever in Canada

    Canada's 'Evil Geniuses' to Compete at First-Ever WSVG North of the

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - The World Series of Video Games (WSVG) Presented
by Intel will make its first-ever stop on Canadian soil this summer, at the
Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center, August 24-26. With
more than US$70,000 in cash prizes, WSVG represents the largest video game
tournament ever to appear in Canada, and reflects the exploding popularity of
gaming in Canada and worldwide.
    "Gaming is now a $32.6 billion global industry - bigger than the movie
industry," says Doug Cooper, Country Manager, Intel of Canada. "Better games
and gameplay are driving the industry and the level of play at tournaments
such as WSVG. Taking that level of play one step further, we're excited to say
that WSVG Toronto will mark the first time a global gaming circuit will use
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Extreme quad-core processor based PCs in tournament play -
the most powerful gaming engine in the world."
    "Thanks to a terrific partnership with Intel Canada and Fan Expo, we're
excited that our inaugural event in Canada will be among the biggest on our
video game circuit as well as in all competitive gaming this year," says
Matthew Ringel, commissioner of the World Series of Video Games. "We encourage
all video game fans to come and enjoy all of the great activities we have
going on in Toronto."

    Team EG (Evil Geniuses)

    WSVG is an international video game competition circuit that features
some of the world's best video game players, including Canada's own top
professional gaming team, Team EG (Evil Geniuses), sponsored by Intel.
Representing all parts of Canada, and both men and women, Team EG has swept
almost every major tournament in Canada since its inception in 2003 and has
made an impressive showing on the international stage. At WSVG Toronto, Team
EG will battle gamers from around the globe playing "Quake 4(TM)".

    Intel Gaming Zone

    Intel will host a huge exhibit area where gamers attending the show can
try out the latest PCs designed specifically for gaming with Intel(R)
Core(TM)2 Extreme processors. Fans can also get behind the wheel of a replica
F1 racing simulator and compete against family and friends, or feature
themselves in a 3-D Intel ad. Gaming tournaments will be held throughout each
day for a chance to win fun and cool prizes. - Put a Face to Your Opponent

    On August 24, Intel will be launching "Game Faces" (, a
gamer-focused site that will allow gamers to upload their 'game faces' and
create personalized visual 'tags' that can be embedded in blogs, MySpace
pages, discussion forums and email addresses, allowing their online peers to
put a face to their opponents and look them up online. Inside information on
Team EG, news on Canadian gaming tournaments and LAN parties, as well as a
newbies (people new to gaming) section will be offered.

    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

    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

    About Fan Expo Canada

    Fan Expo Canada, owned and operated by local company Hobby Star
Marketing, will celebrate its 13th anniversary with style this August 24 -26,
2007 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. The country's
powerhouse genre event brings together an array of celebrities, exhibitors,
retailers and visitors from all over the world.
    Covering over 225,000 square feet, Fan Expo Canada focuses on five pop
culture genres including: The Comic Book Expo; SFX - Science Fiction Expo; The
Rue Morgue Festival of Fear - Horror; CNAnime - Japanese Animation and GX -
Gaming Expo. Over 50,000 genre fans from all over the world are expected to
attend this year's event.

    Editor's Note: Interviews with Intel, WSVG and Team EG members are all
    available prior to and on-site at the WSVG event.

For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Drogell, Hill &
Knowlton, (416) 413-4630,; Mary Warner,
Hill & Knowlton, (416) 413-1218 x4510,

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