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||mousesports||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|
Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California.
Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue. It is the inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers. Intel Corporation, founded on July 18, 1968, is a portmanteau of Integrated Electronics (the fact that "intel" is the term for intelligence information was also quite suitable).
Intel also makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other devices related to communications and computing. Founded by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore and widely associated with the executive leadership and vision of Andrew Grove, Intel combines advanced chip design capability with a leading-edge manufacturing capability. Though Intel was originally known primarily to engineers and technologists, its "Intel Inside" advertising campaign of the 1990s made it and its Pentium processor household names.
NETGEAR was founded in January 1996 as a business unit of Bay Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nortel Networks. NETGEAR's mission is to serve the small-office and home-office (SOHO) market with economical, easy-to-install, powerful networking solutions. NETGEAR's family of scalable connectivity products includes 10, 100 and 1000 Mbps hubs, switches and adapter cards; network starter kits; ISDN routers and modems; and print server hubs.
3dfx Interactive was a company that specialized in the manufacturing of 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. It was a pioneer in the field from the late 1990s until 2000, when it underwent one of the most high-profile demises in the history of the PC industry. It was headquartered in San Jose, California until, on the verge of bankruptcy, many of its intellectual assets (and many employees) were acquired by its rival, Nvidia. 3dfx Interactive filed for bankruptcy on October 15, 2002.
The company's initial flagship product was the Voodoo Graphics, an add-in card that accelerated 3D graphics. The hardware only accelerated 3D rendering, relying on the PC's current video card for 2D support. Despite this limitation, the Voodoo Graphics was very popular and it became standard for many 3D games to offer support for the company's Glide API. An attempt to offer a combined 2D/3D solution resulted in the Voodoo Rush, which was much maligned due to various compatibility and performance issues. 3dfx's successor to the Voodoo Graphics, the Voodoo 2, retained the 3D-only capability of its predecessor. The company also introduced another 2D/3D card, the Voodoo Banshee, which was far better received than the Rush before it.
Logitech International S.A. is a global provider of personal computer accessories headquartered in Romanel-sur-Morges, Switzerland. The company develops and markets products like peripheral devices for PCs, including keyboards, mice, trackballs, microphones, game controllers and webcams. Logitech also makes home and computer speakers, headphones, wireless audio devices, as well as audio devices for MP3 players and mobile phones.
In addition to its Swiss headquarters, the company has offices in Newark, California, as well as throughout Europe, Asia and the rest of the Americas. Logitech's sales and marketing activities are organized into four geographic regions: Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific and China.
Recognized as a trendsetter in the PC market, Hercules has been credited with creating the PC graphics add-in boards business.
In 1982, Hercules began laying the groundwork for its first high-resolution personal graphics card. Since that day, Hercules has continued to set new standards for graphics performance. Hercules’ reputation has positioned them as one of the best graphics card developers in the world. In 1999, Hercules joined the Guillemot team, bringing together the innovation, development, and design practices of two of the top graphics card makers in the market.
In 2004 Guillemot announced it would cease to produce graphics cards.
Alienware is a United States computer hardware subsidiary of Dell, Inc. It mainly assembles third party components into desktops and laptops with custom enclosures. Alienware also offers for sale rebadged computer peripherals, such as headsets, computer mouses, monitors and keyboards. Their hardware has a distinctive "sci-fi" style, typically including decorative lighting, specifically under the keyboard, around the touchpad mouse (the entire touchpad lights up on newer models.), the alien heads on the outside case and the inside, the keys on the upper right part of the keyboard, and, on newer (2013+) models, there are lights going around the outside of the laptop, and in two diagonal lines springing off from the alien head on the outside. Alienware was founded in 1996 by Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila.
Nvidia Corporation is an American global technology company based in Santa Clara, California. Nvidia manufactures graphics processing units (GPUs), as well as having a significant stake in manufacture of system-on-a-chip units (SOCs) for the mobile computing market. Nvidia's primary GPU product line labeled "GeForce" is in direct competition with AMD's "Radeon" products. Nvidia also joined the gaming industry with its handheld Nvidia Shield.
In addition to GPU manufacturing, Nvidia provides parallel processing capabilities to researchers and scientists that allow them to efficiently run high-performance applications. They are deployed in supercomputing sites around the world. More recently, Nvidia has moved into the mobile computing market, where it produces Tegra mobile processors for smartphones and tablets, as well as vehicle infotainment systems. In addition to AMD, its other competitors include Intel and Qualcomm.
BenQ Corporation (Chinese: 明基電通股份有限公司) is a Taiwanese multi-national company that sells and markets consumer electronics, computing and communications devices under the "BenQ" brand name, which stands for the company slogan Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to life.
BenQ sells and markets technology products, including consumer electronics, computing and communication products. Its principal products include TFT LCD monitors and televisions, digital projectors, digital cameras, and mobile computing devices. BenQ's head office is located in Taipei, and the company operates five branch offices in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Africa regions, and employs over 1,600 individuals. The "BenQ" brand is present in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Razer is a privately held American computer and computer peripherals manufacturer specializing in products specifically marketed to gamers. The Razer brand is currently being marketed under Razer USA Ltd. Razer's main slogan is 'FOR GAMERS, BY GAMERS'.
Razer was founded in 1998 by a team of engineers and marketers to develop and market a high end computer gaming mouse, called the Boomslang, targeted to computer gamers.