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STEELSERIES SPONSORED TEAMS CLAIM MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN ONE WEEKEND OF TOURNAMENTS

CHICAGO – August 25, 2011 – As the eSports community celebrates tournament successes from last week’s GamesCom in Germany, eStars in Korea and as player’s ramp up for MLG Raleigh this weekend, SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium quality gaming peripherals, as well as sponsor and supporter of eSports, is proud to announce a new record in competitive gaming. Throughout the course of just one weekend, SteelSeries sponsored teams took home new titles and more than $1.3 million dollars in winnings, making it the biggest weekend to date in professional gaming history.

“This summer of competitive gaming has set new standards, not only for the successes of our sponsored teams and how they’ve earned top placements and prize money, but in the level of players that are competing as well as the amount fans that are paying attention to the sport,” said Kim Rom, SteelSeries CMO. “We’re incredibly excited to see that tournament prize pools, spectators at live events, viewers on eSports-related streams and the sheer number of competitive gamers at both pro and amateur levels are experiencing exponential growth levels. Winning is Everything.”

The breakdown of SteelSeries’ top placing teams during the August 19th-21st weekend:

GamesCom: Cologne, Germany
-Tournament: The International
Game: DotA 2
1st – Natus Vincere ($1,000,000)
2nd – EHOME ($250,000)

-Tournament: Intel Extreme Masters Season 6
Game: StarCraft II
1st – Team Evil Geniuses: EG.PuMa ($6,500)
2nd – SK Gaming: SK.MC ($3,300)

-Tournament: Intel Extreme Masters Season 6
Game: League of Legends
3rd – Fnatic ($3,400)

eStars 2011: Seoul, Korea
-Game: Counter-Strike
2nd – SK Gaming ($11,000)
3rd – Natus Vincere ($9,200)

SteelSeries’ top placing sponsored teams and players include: Team Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, SK Gaming, Tyloo, eHome, Natus Vincere, and Grubby, check them out here. Be sure to follow players this weekend competing at MLG Raleigh; SteelSeries will have more news coming out of this weekend’s tournament find out what they are by following us on Facebook.

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For media inquiries:
Tori Pugliese
PR for SteelSeries
tori@steelseries.com