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- Manufacturer of Gaming Peripherals Will Support and Collaborate With North American Professional Gaming Team And Community

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2011 – Today, SteelSeries, a worldwide leading manufacturer of high-end gaming peripherals and long-time sponsor and supporter of the international eSports community, announced a sponsorship and collaboration with OpTic Gaming. Made up of some of North America’s top console gamers with winning achievements and tournament placements throughout the MLG Pro Circuit in 2010, OpTic also produces game content to a vast community following and audience within the YouTube arena.

“SteelSeries sponsors the world’s most elite professional gaming teams like SK Gaming, Fnatic, and EvilGeniuses that have been dominating the PC gaming landscape for years. When it was time to enter the console gaming space in mid-2010 with the introduction of the SteelSeries Spectrum Headset line, it was important for us to start working with talented teams, like OpTic, that were focused solely on console gameplay,” said Brian Stech, SteelSeries President of Americas. “Our sponsorship is more than just seeding their players with our gear, it’s also about closely collaborating with OpTic in developing new and differentiated console products, as well as supporting their tremendous online community.”

“We are very excited to help represent the SteelSeries brand in North America. Our team is placing and winning console tournaments with the support of SteelSeries peripherals; and we’re seeing how these products are actually providing us with competitive advantages,” said Ryan Musselman (OpTicJ), Community Manager for OpTic Gaming. “We’re looking forward to growing our relationship with SteelSeries both within our online communities and in collaboration with their R&D team on the development of new console products.”

OpTic Gaming is quickly becoming a well recognized force on the professional gaming circuit, made up of four team divisions that include Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3, Girls Only and MLG. With a total of 15 players throughout these four divisions, OpTic focuses on first person shooter (FPS) games like Call of Duty® 4, Call of Duty®: Black Ops, and Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2. Their online community continues to grow and currently hosts more than 250,000 subscribed gamers that flock to YouTube.com/OpTicNation for montages, gameplay, commentaries, and game related entertainment.

About SteelSeries

SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. SteelSeries has been on the forefront of professional gaming gear since its inception in 2001, thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gamers.. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming and electronic sports through professional team sponsorships and community support all over the world. For more information, please visit www.SteelSeries.com.

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Tori Pugliese
PR for SteelSeries