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Playin’ Half-Life For Cash

July 13, 2007

by Onder Skall

An official press release (see below) announces the launching of Tournament.com where players can wager real money on their skills playing popular first person shooter games. You can wager up to $10 per match and you’re limited to depositing $150 per month into the system, but that doesn’t mean that people won’t figure out how to cheat the system. I’d be shocked if there wasn’t somebody out there making a living playing FPS through this site within six months.

Even without cheating it’s still better than gold farming.

Pro gamers, of course, join the pro leagues. If you’re curious about that sort of thing, check out Major League Gaming (MLG), the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL),  or the Global Gaming League (GGL). You can make a pretty good, honest living at it if you’re good enough.

Full press release after the jump.

Tournament.com Announces Launch Of Real-Money Service

Skill-Based Gaming Service Offers Players Opportunity To Cash In and Out on Talent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Norwich, U.K. – July 9, 2007 – Tournament.com, a pioneer in licensed online PC gaming competition, announced today that they have launched their real-money service that allows gamers to not only deposit money into their Tournament.com accounts, but also withdraw the winnings they garner from skillful play.

Tournament.com now features a variety of new updates, including the ability to deposit funds into your personal Tournament.com account as well as the freedom to withdraw your winnings at any time. Real money games will be available immediately, with larger cash prizes available immediately for winners, while SmartRanked and Handicapped games will be available for players of all skill levels. For competitors wishing to simply play right away, open games will still be available for instant action.

“Our new handicapping system allows novice players to compete against experienced players, similar to a game of golf,” said Richard Skelhorn, Director of Tournament.com. “From casual gamers looking to improve their skills to hardcore players who want to push their talents to the next level, Tournament.com offers a variety of options to cater to all players.”

Tournament.com is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for online gaming. Players start by downloading the client from the Tournament.com website. Once the client is installed and an account has been established with Tournament.com, players can deposit money into their account or “wallet” for small-scale stakes games of Half-Life 2: Deathmatch or Counter-Strike: Source. To ensure responsible gaming, Tournament.com allows users to stake no more than $10 per match and deposit a maximum of $150 in their account each month. The service also provides a ranking system that allows players to view other users’ skill levels, and a handicap system to allow players of all levels to play against one another. To use the service, all players must be 18 or older, which Tournament.com enforces with specialage verification software that is presented to all players upon installation of the client.

Tournament.com will go live in July. To sign up for the service and for more information, please visit www.tournament.com.

About Tournament.com

Based in Norwich, U.K., and founded in 2006, Tournament.com is a pioneer in licensed online PC gaming competition. Tournament.com is the first company to offer players a safe and secure platform to compete in the leading competitive online games for money. With a strong technology infrastructure that ensures fairness and match fidelity, Tournament.com offers the best player versus player experience available.

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CONTACT:

Chris Cook / Sean Kauppinen

Kohnke Communications

+1-415-777-4000

cook@kohnkecomm.com / sean@kohnkecomm.com

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