11 October 2005
· Watch Sander 'Vo0' Kaasjager  , Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel  And Other World-Famous Gamers Battle It Out On StarHub's Preview Channel!
· Singapore Will Be The Only Asian Stopover For CPL World Tour
· StarHub Is The Official Broadband Partner Of CPL World Tour Singapore
Singapore, 11 October 2005 - Local gaming fans are in for a treat! Showing signs that cybergaming has finally hit the big time, StarHub will broadcast the entire four-day Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) World Tour tournament on its Preview Channel, Channel 01. This is the first time a cybergaming tournament will be broadcast "live" in Singapore! Virtually all households in Singapore will be able to access the Preview Channel, regardless of whether they are customers of StarHub's cable TV services.
Launched in June 1997, the CPL is the first organisation in the world to advance computer game competitions to the level of a professional sport. It is the global leader in professional computer game competitions, and has hosted 45 international main events over the past eight years, with a total attendance of 50,000 gamers.
Singapore is the only Asian stopover for the CPL World Tour. The games will be played at the Padang, in a 2,000 sq m air-conditioned tentage. Two games will be played competitively in the tournament - "Painkiller 1.64" and the team-based "Counter-strike 1.6". The purse prize for the Singapore leg of the tournament is US$50,000 for "Painkiller" and US$20,000 for "Counter-strike".
Said Mr Mike Reynolds, StarHub's Head of Commercial, "The telecast of the CPL World Tour on our Preview Channel will not only broaden the appeal of cybergaming amongst families and youths. This milestone event, and our efforts to promote cybergaming at a national level, will demonstrate that we have both the infrastructure and capability to deliver a world-class cybergaming environment, and in the long run, put Singapore on the international cybergaming map."
StarHub is the Official Network Provider and Broadband Partner for the CPL World Tour Singapore. As the sole telecommunications and broadband sponsor, StarHub will provide the Internet connectivity, LAN Networks, cable TV broadcast and voice lines for the event. StarHub will telecast the Opening Ceremony of the CPL World Tour "live" on Thursday, 13 October 2005, from 6pm to 8pm, and air the competition "live" from 14 to 16 October daily, from 10am to 7pm.
The CPL World Tour is the CPL's largest, first-ever, year-long competitive tour. It aims to garner mainstream-population interest to the sport of professional gaming. A World Tour Stop takes place each month of 2005 beginning in February, and will conclude with a Championship Finals Event. The combined prize purse for this Tour is US$1,000,000.
Viewers will have the rare opportunity of catching the best gamers around the world pit their skills with one another.
The webcast for the event will be available at www.tsncentral.net and is provided by Team Sportscast Network (TSN), an online broadcast and media organisation that since its inception in 1999, has pioneered the use of online media to deliver programming specifically targeted at the multiplayer gaming community. While maintaining its ultimate goal of assisting the advancement of competitive multiplayer gaming, TSN has also expanded its horizons to appeal more to the mainstream gaming community.
Existing subscribers of StarHub Digital Cable can enjoy the "live" broadcast of the tournament on StarHub's Preview Channel, Channel 01, while non-subscribers can tune their TV sets manually to UHF 527.25 Mhz. The manual tuning-in procedures will vary according to different TV set models, and viewers are advised to refer to their TV operating manuals for specific tuning-in instructions.
The generic tuning-in procedures are:
- Select an unused channel on the TV unit.
- Press the TUNNING button on the TV remote control or at the front panel of the TV unit, commonly labeled as [PRESET], [INSTALL], [SET], [P/C] or [MENU>TUNE>MANUAL]. If the TV unit does not have any of these buttons, please refer to the TV manual.
- Start tuning by pressing or selecting the VOLUME +/- button or the CHANNEL UP/DOWN button on the TV remote control until the Free Preview channel appears on the screen.
- Next, press the STORE or MEM button on the TV remote control to store the tuning. Press the MENU or PRESET button to end or exit the tuning procedure
For any technical clarifications, viewers may wish to call the public hotline at (65) 6873 2828. They may also visit www.starhub.com/online for more information on the CPL World Tour.
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 Sander ‘Vo0’ Kaasjager represents fnatic organization and is currently considered the best painkiller player in the world. He has won 13 consecutive gaming events until the 2nd World Tour stop in Spain. The Dutch star was voted painkiller player of 2004, and famous for his down-to-earth modesty.
2 Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, is America's most successful gamer. Over a period of five years, he has won more tournaments and pulled in more prize money than any other player, a total that has now topped $350,000. He has become one of the key figures in popularizing computer games throughout the world. In addition to receiving numerous product endorsements, he has been featured in mainstream newsprint publications, including Time magazine, BusinessWeek magazine and the BBC World Service.