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STEELSERIES ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE SPONSORSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL GAMER, MANUEL “GRUBBY” SCHENKHUIZEN

- Top Ranked Professional WarCraft® III and StarCraft® II Player Will Begin his Solo Career and the 2011 Professional Tournament Season with SteelSeries

COPENHAGEN, April 2, 2011 – Kicking off Major League Gaming’s Pro-Circuit Tournament in Dallas, SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of gaming peripherals, today announced the exclusive sponsorship of professional gamer, Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen. With worldwide recognition that includes, six world championships, over a hundred other tournament wins, awards for best player and player of the year in eSports, inclusion in the World Cyber Games Hall of Fame, and being one of the most respected and followed professional gamers in eSports, Grubby is no stranger to SteelSeries’ “winning is everything” concept.

“Supporting the growth of eSports and promoting competitive gaming are an important part of who we are as a company,” said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. “As a player and a professional, Grubby is someone that SteelSeries believes in and is eager to support as he begins the new tournament season as a SteelSeries professional gamer.”

Grubby says, “I’ve been playing with SteelSeries gear from head to fingertips for many years; I’ve actually worked with their product development team to perfect the way their gear feels and ultimately, performs. From the collaboration that SteelSeries looks for from pro-gamers when designing products to the support and belief they have in competitive gaming and eSports, I’m excited to be kicking off my solo career with them as my main sponsor.”

Previously playing under Team Evil Geniuses, Grubby is entering the 2011 professional StarCraft II tournament season with SteelSeries as his main sponsor fully supported with SteelSeries peripherals in his arsenal including, the SteelSeries 7H headset, the SteelSeries 5L mousepad, the SteelSeries Ikari Laser mouse, and the SteelSeries 6Gv2 keyboard. Enthusiastic about building a bigger name for himself, Grubby’s sponsorship is more than just wearing the logo and using the gear, he will also collaborate with SteelSeries on the development of new products as well as generate videos about development and a professional gamer’s perspective during practice and tournaments.

For more information on Grubby’s status throughout the 2011 professional tournament season, please visit SteelSeries online at http://steelseries.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/steelseries.

About Grubby

Grubby has been a professional gaming athlete since 2003, traveling all over the world for his profession. He specializes in Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games in which he has won six world championships, over a hundred other tournaments and has received 13 awards such as “Player of the Year” and “Most Valuable Player”. Grubby enjoys a large fan base all over the world, who have named him “The King of Orcs”. Since January 2011, Grubby embarked on his StarCraft® II career where he hopes to continue to bring great entertainment to his fans through his gameplay.

About SteelSeries

SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. For the past decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of competitive gaming gear thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gaming teams. SteelSeries also supports the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships, and community support all over the world. For more information, please visit http://steelseries.com.

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For media inquiries:
Tori Pugliese
PR for SteelSeries
203-605-4028
tori@steelseries.com