Gamers Storm Dallas for QuakeCon 2006
Company: Activision
DALLAS, TX – August 3, 2006 – The most passionate and competitive video game fans from across the country and around the world along with industry leaders will invade Dallas, the birthplace of first-person action PC gaming, at QuakeCon 2006. Gamers will vie for $100,000 in cash and prizes over four-action packed days, August 3 – 6 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel - Trinity Exhibition Center.

QuakeCon 2006 is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and Texas’ own video game icon, id Software, and offers 96 hours of round-the-clock parties, entertainment, fragging and, of course, plenty of adrenaline-pumping action.

QuakeCon covers 120,000 square feet of gaming goodness, including a sponsor/exhibit area that features displays and demos of highly anticipated games such as Enemy Territory Quake Wars as well as showcases cutting-edge products from NVIDIA, Intel, Activision, PhysX and Ageia.

“Having more than 5,000 of our greatest friends and fans under one roof for 96 hours, playing and partying is what makes QuakeCon our favorite time of year,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “The continued growth and success of QuakeCon is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers, fans, and sponsors. With Enemy Territory: Quake Wars playable for the first time publicly, and brand new events like the $10,000 QUAKE 4 Quick Draw competition, QuakeCon 2006 will once again prove why it is the can’t-miss gaming event of the year.”

Intense Tournament Action:
The NVIDIA Championship includes four tournaments with a total cash purse of $100,000 plus prizes. In honor of QUAKE’s 10th birthday, QuakeCon presents a fan-only QUAKE 4 tournament with $10,000 in cash up for grabs. Gamers will also battle it out for bragging rights and cash in the QUAKE 4 1V1, QUAKE 4 2V2 and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 5V5 tournaments.

Fan Appreciation Activities:
QuakeCon goers can win swag and gear by participating in fan appreciation events that will take place throughout the weekend, including a photo scavenger hunt, Bawls chugging contest, Guitar Hero tournament, mapping contest, bracket busters and NVIDIA’s QuakeCon Has Talent, a competition where attendees can show off their abilities in music, dance, comedy, magic and more.

Keynote Address:
John Carmack, co-founder, co-owner and technical director of id Software will again give the keynote address.

Shoutcast:
For those unable to attend QuakeCon 2006, the official QuakeCon web site (www.quakecon.org) will have links to view broadcast footage from the event 24/7 from both static cameras and roaming hand-held cameras.

Event Sponsors:
The QuakeCon 2006 sponsor list boasts a line up of industry giants, including id Software, NVIDIA, Activision, Intel, SpikeTV, Ziff Davis (The 1UP Network), PhysX and Ageia.

Event Exhibitors:
The exhibit area at QuakeCon 2006 will include sponsored booths from NVIDIA, Intel, Activision, Directron, EA Mobile, Enermax Technology Corporation, FSP Group, Computer Power User Magazine and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University.

Prizes & Giveaways:
Other companies supporting QuakeCon 2006 through contest and promotion item giveaways include Ak Design, Bawls, Cooler Master, Crucial Technology, D-Link, Logitech, OCZ Technology and Razer.

About QuakeCon:
Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon was created in August of 1996 by a group of friends on the IRC network’s EFnet who had a desire to meet in person. Less than 100 attendees gathered at the Best Western in Garland, Texas that first year to play and talk games and compete in the first QuakeCon tournament. id Software’s lead programmer John Carmack and several other id team members stopped by to chat with fans about DOOM®, QUAKE®, and the future of an up-and-coming id Software.

Going into its 11th year, QuakeCon remains true to its original mission as an event created by gamers, for gamers. Sponsored by id Software and other industry-leading software and hardware manufacturers, QuakeCon continues to be run by a dedicated group of 30 year-round volunteers and more than 200 on-site volunteers. More than 5,500 people from 52 countries around the world attended QuakeCon in 2005. The event has expanded to include QUAKE®, QUAKE II®, QUAKE III Arena®, Return to Castle Wolfenstein®, DOOM 3™ and QUAKE 4®.

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® QUAKE II®, QUAKE III Arena®, Return to Castle Wolfenstein®, DOOM 3®, QUAKE 4 and Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars®. 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. Check out more about id Software at www.idsoftware.com.
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