SAN FRANCISCO, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The AMD(R) (NYSE: AMD) Professional Gamers' League(TM) (PGL(TM)) today announced that its third season will involve some significant structural changes, all geared to providing the avid gamer community with the best possible pro gaming environment. In keeping with its tradition of featuring hot new action and strategy games, the PGL will work in concert with Blizzard Entertainment(R) to support that leading developer's latest megabit, StarCraft(TM), in the league's strategy category, along with id Software's Quake(R) II in the Action category. StarCraft qualification and regular season matches will take place on Blizzard's popular Battle.net(TM) online gaming service, marking the first time that PGL activity has not occurred exclusively on the Total Entertainment Network (TEN) online gaming service. ( http://www.pgl.com ) In addition, the PGL is providing additional prize monies for Season 3, such that $20,000 in cash will be awarded in each of the two 1-on-1 categories, as opposed to $15,000 per category in previous seasons. With the championships of the new Action Teamplay (Quake clans) category also occurring at the Season 3 live finals, a total of $70,000 in cash and more than $30,000 in prizes will be distributed during the league's third season. "While TEN is the founder and owner of the PGL and continues to host much of each season's online competition, we've said all along that the league is essentially operated independently of TEN, and this agreement with Blizzard further establishes that," said Greg Harper, vice president of business development for TEN. "The PGL has the potential to be bigger than any single online gaming service or solution, and we're dedicated to growing the league as expeditiously as possible." "We're extremely pleased to have StarCraft featured in the upcoming PGL season," said Paul Sam, Blizzard vice president of business development. "Inclusion in the PGL gives Gamers the opportunity to be the first to play StarCraft in a pro gaming environment. Battle.net is the environment best suited to 'hosting' competitive StarCraft matches, and we're working closely with the PGL to ensure the highest levels of security, stability and performance for players." Players interested in competing in the PGL must register at the PGL Web site ( http://www.pgl.com ) and pay the standard $9.95 entry fee for Season 3. The PGL Web site will carry news on the league's third season, including screen shots, game summaries and downloadable demos from matches, interviews with top players, updated "standings," and more. PGL and Blizzard representatives will work in concert to manage the StarCraft competition on a daily basis. With the addition of $5,000 to each of the 1-on-1 category prize pools, Season 3 top finishers in each of the two categories will be rewarded as follows: Cash Prizes 1st Place: $ 8,500 $ 3,500 2nd Place: $ 4,500 $ 3,500 3rd Place: $ 3,200 $ 3,500 4th Place: $ 1,400 $ 3,500 5th - 8th Place: $ 300 $ 500 9th - 16th Place: $ 150 Total (x two categories): $ 40,000 $ 34,000 As previously stated, the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the Action Teamplay category will receive $14,000, $8,000, $5,000 and $3,000 respectively, for a total of $30,000. (for a complete list of cash and prize awards by order of finish, visit the PGL Web site) Registration for PGL Season 3 will open July 30; the full Season 3 schedule is as follows: Registration: July 30 - September 4 Qualifications: August 14 - September 6 Regular Season: September 13 - October 18 Live Finals: November 12 - November 14 To participate in the PGL, players must register for the league at http://www.pgl.com and either subscribe to the TEN service or pay the PGL entry fee of $9.95 per three-month season. About AMD AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets. AMD produces processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices, and products for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $2.4 billion in 1997. About Blizzard Entertainment Best known for the number-one selling Warcraft(R) series and blockbuster hits StarCraft and Diablo(T), Blizzard Entertainment is a premier publisher of entertainment software and a division of Cendant Software, subsidiary of Cendant Corporation. About the PGL The PGL is a property of Total Entertainment Network(TM) (TEN(TM)), the premier entertainment network for game playing consumers on the Internet. TEN has online rights to more than 50 games -- over half of which are TEN exclusives -- by leading software publishers including 3D Realms Entertainment, Apogee, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie Software, Cavedog Entertainment, Eidos Interactive (formerly Domark), id Software, GT Interactive, Maxis, MicroProse, Sierra Online/Papyrus, SSI and Westwood Studios. TEN received its initial funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, with subsequent investors including Ameritech; Goldman Sachs; Robertson, Stephens & Co.; Vertex Management; Wasserstein Perella Ventures. NOTE: Total Entertainment Network, TEN, the Professional Gamers' League, PGL, and the TEN logo are trademarks of T E Network, Inc. AMD is a registered trademark of Advanced Micro Devices. Quake is a registered trademark of id Software. Warcraft is a registered trademark, and StarCraft and Diablo are trademarks, of Blizzard Entertainment. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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