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Cyberathlete Professional League
Profesionnal Gaming League
Acquired by WoLong Ventures, Pte. Ltd.
The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) was the pioneer and a world leader in professional videogame tournaments, and for ten years has been a major force in the transformation of videogame competitions to a professional sport.
Since its founding in 1997, the Dallas-based organization has hosted 60 international main events with a total attendance of over 300,000 gamers, has sanctioned over 500 international qualifiers and awarded more than $3 million in prizes.
The CPL Winter and CPL Summer Counter-Strike tournaments were considered part of the Counter-Strike Majors from 2001 to 2006.
The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), founded on June 27, 1997 by gaming entrepreneur Angel Munoz, was a professional sports tournament organization specializing in computer and console video game competitions.
Launched in Dallas, Texas, the CPL was considered the pioneer in professional video game tournaments, which have been held in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia and Asia. The CPL's tournaments was open to all registrants, but due to the ESRB content rating of some video games, CPL competitions was restricted to participants age 17 or older. The CPL has distributed more than US$3,000,000 in cash prizes.
On August 25, 2008, the CPL announced that it had signed an acquisition agreement with an investment group based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On August 23, 2010, NewWorld, the former parent company of the CPL, announced that the two-year acquisition process of the CPL was finalized, and that the sole owner of the CPL (and its subsidiaries) was now WoLong Ventures PTE of Singapore.
|2005 CPL World Tour|
|Turkey||2005-03-25 to 2005-03-27||Team Catch-Gamer||M19|
|Spain||2005-04-29 to 2005-05-01||MOUZ||compLexity Gaming|
|Brazil||2005-05-27 to 2005-05-30||mibr||SSV Lehnitz|
|USA||2005-07-06 to 2005-07-10||SK Gaming||Evil Geniuses|
|Germany||Cancelled: This stop was cancelled due to "critical logistical challenges", and was later replaced by the Italy stop.|
|UK||2005-09-02 to 2005-09-04||Team9||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|China||Cancelled: This stop was also cancelled due to the Ministry of Culture banning Painkiller in China. A replacement stop was held in Singapore.|
|Singapore||2005-10-14 to 2005-10-16||Fnatic||EXECUTIONERS|
|Chile||2005-10-28 to 2005-10-30||mibr||United5|