MESQUITE, Texas - July 6, 2004 - The battleground is set - the 9th annual QuakeCon 2004 video game festival and tournament at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas on Aug. 12-15 will host the first DOOM 3 deathmatch championship ever. Be there to game, hang out with 5,000 of your closest friends and compete for $150,000 in cash and prizes in the NVIDIA QuakeCon 2004 Championship Tournaments. First-come, first-serve online registration for QuakeCon 2004 has begun at www.quakecon.org. The must-attend event for gamers is free to all attendees.
"We're having a DOOM 3 party this year, and want to offer our fans the first opportunity to compete in a DOOM 3 tournament," Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software said. "NVIDIA is putting up the largest QuakeCon prize package ever, and topping it off with DOOM 3 prizes that will have the competitors' adrenaline rushing."
NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in graphics processing, is putting up a combined purse of $150,000 in cash and prizes for the three QuakeCon tournaments.
"For gamers, QuakeCon is the most exciting happening of the year, and this year it marks the arrival of DOOM 3 - which is one event we wouldn't miss!" said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing, NVIDIA. "NVIDIA's presence at QuakeCon gives gamers an opportunity to test drive the game with NVIDIA's GeForce 6 series, a product family designed to deliver the ultimate DOOM 3 experience to gamers of all budget-levels."
DOOM 3 Inaugural Deathmatch Championship:
Yes, you read that correctly. DOOM 3 Deathmatch is coming to QuakeCon 2004, and there has never been a more level playing field. With DOOM 3 launching this summer, there won't be anyone who has had time to practice or master the game, and almost any QuakeCon attendee has a chance to walk away with one of the exclusive DOOM 3 prizes. We're not telling you what they are just yet, but let's just say that they're fast. Registration for this 128-player tournament will begin Aug. 12, 2004 - the first day of QuakeCon.
The QUAKE III Arena 1 vs. 1 Championship:
The definitive gaming challenge is this 1 versus 1 battle in the Arena and the only QUAKE III Arena tournament officially sanctioned by id Software. With $50,000 on the line, the intense battle begins at QuakeCon on Aug. 12, with 256 players going toe-to-toe in this legendary deathmatch experience. Registration will kick off July 11 at 8 p.m. Central Time on www.quakecon.org. Go to www.quakecon.org for official tournament rules and prize money distribution.
Quake III Capture the Flag Tournament:
The 4 versus 4 Capture the Flag tournament is sure to deliver an unprecedented level of fast-paced team action. 32 teams will begin 4 versus 4 double elimination championship rounds at QuakeCon 2004, where they'll compete for $40,000 in cash. Registration for the open seeds will begin on July 11 at 8 p.m. Central Time. Teams earning a berth in last year's top 16 spots will receive an automatic berth this year. The remaining team slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Teams can visit www.quakecon.org to register and for official tournament rules and prize money distribution.
Hotel Reservation Information:
To reserve a room, call the Gaylord Texan at 866-782-7897. To receive special negotiated room rates of $109 for single or double occupancy and $119 for triple or quad occupancy, QuakeCon attendees should inform the reservation desk that they'll be at the hotel for QuakeCon 2004. Additional information regarding the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center is available at www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylordtexan.com.
QuakeCon began in 1996 as a LAN party dedicated to fans of id Software's games, and has grown to include QUAKE, QUAKE II, QUAKE III Arena, QUAKE III: Team Arena, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and for the first time DOOM 3. It was created by gamers as a way to meet with online friends in person, get to know the developers of the games they crave, talk shop with industry leaders and compete against the best players in the world. Although sponsored by id Software and other industry-leading software and hardware manufacturers, QuakeCon continues to be planned and operated by a dedicated group of 30 year-round volunteers and approximately 200 on-site volunteers. As originally conceived, QuakeCon remains an event for gamers, by gamers, and enjoys continued success, growing from a small gathering of 150 players in 1996 to more than 4,000 in 2003.
About id Software:
id - Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth - has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas, since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II. With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of action titles, QUAKE III Arena, QUAKE III: Team Arena and the executive production of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Built on id's revolutionary new 3D graphics engine, the currently in development DOOM 3 draws you into the most frightening and gripping 3D gaming experience ever.
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer PCs, enterprise PCs, notebook PCs, professional workstations, handhelds, and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,900 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.nvidia.com.