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Play with the CGS pros Friday night on Xbox Live

Heads up competitive gamers. Every other Friday on Xbox Live, the Championship Gaming Series (and their $40,000 Pro-Am Division) are sponsoring a special Play with Pros event where gamers across the globe will be able to challenge the best CGS has to offer. And kicking off the competitive funnery are Phoenix and Master from the Dallas Venom who will be taking on challengers in the Dead or Alive 4 ring this Friday, August 15th from 9:00PM to midnight eastern. If you're up for the challenge, circle every other Friday night on your calendar for some CGS Play with Pros competition. Presser after the break.

FREE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GAMING SERIES PRO-AM DIVISION

PC and Xbox gamers can play against the CGS pros for bragging rights and a chance at $40,000 in cash prizing

LOS ANGELES – August 12, 2008 – Championship Gaming SeriesTM (CGS), the only worldwide professional gaming league, opened free registration for the inaugural CGS Pro-Am Division, greatly expanding the opportunity for aspiring professional gamers to take on the CGS pros and see if they have what it takes to compete alongside the best of CGS, perhaps winning some cold hard cash in the process.

First announced earlier this summer, amateur and professional gamers from North America will have the chance to showcase their talent against CGS' most elite gaming stars for a share of a prize purse totaling US$40,000 during the Pro-Am division's inaugural season.

The CGS Pro-Am division features one official PC league title – Valve's Counter-Strike®: Source® (CS:S), along with two other popular Valve games, Counter-Strike®: 1.6 and Team Fortress 2 (TF2). CS:S, CS 1.6 and TF2 represent three of the most popular and successful eSports PC titles of all time and now gamers throughout North America can step up to prove they have what it takes to challenge the CGS pros.

Xbox 360 gamers will also have a chance to compete against CGS stars on Xbox LIVE via the league's official Xbox titles, Tecmo's Dead or Alive® 4 and Forza Motorsport® 2 from Microsoft Game Studios, as well as on other popular Xbox 360 games that will be featured in upcoming Xbox LIVE matches. Competitions will take place every other Friday featuring CGS pros, kicking off this Friday, August 15, when Xbox LIVE gamers from around the globe can take on Dallas Venom players Michelle "Phoenix" Pleet and Manny "Master" Rodriguez in DOA4. For more info, visit

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/calendar/playthepros/2008/0815-dallasvenom.htm

PC gamers interested in testing their skills against the pros should register at http://pro-am.thecgs.com/ now through September 3, 2008. The first season of the Pro-Am Division kicks off September 10.

About Championship Gaming Series Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, the Championship Gaming Series ® (CGS) is the only worldwide professional video gaming league. Launched in 2007, and a joint venture among BSkyB, DIRECTV and STAR, CGS features teams of the world's best gamers from North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The league distributes entertainment content to more than 400 million viewers worldwide via DIRECTV in North America and Latin America, BSkyB in the UK, Eurosport in Europe, ESPN-STAR and STAR in Asia and STAR in Australia. CGS sponsors include Mountain Dew, Creative, Xbox 360 and Dell XPS. For more information, please visit thecgs.com.

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