Grapevine, Get Ready: QuakeCon 2009 is Almost Here

Full details after the jump. I could pretend I know something about this, but I’m on deadline.

QUAKE LIVE™ Dominates QuakeCon® 2009 Tournaments

MESQUITE, Texas — July 16, 2009 —QuakeCon once again becomes the center of the professional gaming universe from August 13 — 16, 2009, as the best players in the world set their sights on Dallas, TX, and a chance to walk away with their share of one of the richest prize pools in professional gaming.  With $50,000 in cold, hard cash on the line, more than 200 top professional and up-and-coming players will clash in three days of fierce QUAKE LIVE Duel and Capture the Flag championship tournaments.

“This year stands to be our best ever with three incredible tournaments, including exclusive tournaments for professionals and amateurs, $50,000 in prize money, the greatest game ever made for first-person competition, an outstanding sponsorship partner in Intel, and the best broadcasting team on the Internet,” said Todd Hollenshead, president, id Software.  “Whether you’re watching all of the action live on-site, or you’re glued to your monitor at home, you can’t afford to miss a second of these great players competing for one of the most coveted prizes in professional gaming — the right to call yourself a QuakeCon Champion.”

Broadcasting live from the tournament floor and over the Internet, shoutcasting legends djWHEAT and TosspoT will go wire-to-wire, capturing all of the energy, excitement and behind-the-scenes drama, with live match coverage, player interviews and expert analysis.  Totally free and open to the public, QuakeCon offers an unparalleled opportunity to see the greatest and most famous players in the world competing in the purest form of online competition at the coolest fan-based gaming event on planet Earth.  More than 6,000 people are expected to visit the four-day LAN party, competition, exhibition and party.

Following is the QuakeCon 2009 Tournament Lineup:

The Intel® QUAKE LIVE Masters Championship
There is no more definitive measure of gaming skill than the 1 vs. 1 duel, and for the first time ever, QuakeCon will feature known professionals and top QUAKE LIVE competitors in their own exclusive tournament. 64 of the world’s best QUAKE LIVE players will face-off for more than $25,000 in a double elimination bracket, with each match played in a best-of-three-games format.  With two players left standing, thousands will gather at the QuakeCon Main Stage on Saturday night to watch as the survivors go toe-to-toe in a single elimination, best-of-five-games blow-out with $14,000 for the champion.

The Intel QUAKE LIVE Open Tournament
Available exclusively for up to 128 amateurs and up-and-coming competitors, the Intel QUAKE LIVE Open will offer players a taste of the excitement and pressure of professional gaming.  Battling for a $2,500 prize purse, including $1,500 for the champion, players will compete in a single elimination bracket, with each match played in a best-of-three-games format.

Matches in both the Intel Masters Championship and Open Tournament will feature the same pool of seven arenas.

The QUAKE LIVE Capture the Flag Championship, Sponsored by id Software
Simple, classic and thrilling to watch, the Capture the Flag Championship will feature 4 vs. 4 competitions for up to 32 teams battling it out in a single elimination bracket and best-of three-games format using five arenas.  Those who come out on top will share in a $22,000 prize purse, including $12,000 for this year’s team of champions.

QuakeCon Live!
Live streaming of QuakeCon 2009 will be brought to you by QuadV and the Live on Three (LO3) team.  Watch all of the action on-site from the broadcast lounge or tune in throughout the event to hear tournament play-by-play, color commentary and post-match interviews delivered by djWHEAT, TosspoT and other special guests. The entire co-production can be seen live at QuakeCon, and will also be delivered across the world’s largest content delivery network.  If you can’t be at QuakeCon, then do the next best thing — catch all of the action at QuadV.com and djWHEAT.tv.

Registration Information
Players with professional gaming experience or extensive QUAKE LIVE experience can register for the Intel QUAKE LIVE Masters Championship on-site at QuakeCon from 12 noon — 3 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, August 13.   Competitors qualified for the Masters Championship will be selected and seeded by a committee of experts at the close of registration.  Players selected for the Intel QUAKE LIVE Masters Championship are not eligible for the Open Tournament.

Registration for the QUAKE LIVE Open Tournament is first come, first served at QuakeCon from 12 noon — 3 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, August 13.

Registration for the QUAKE LIVE Capture the Flag Championship is first come, first served at QuakeCon from 2:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, August 13.

For official rules, requirements, prize money distribution, pool of arenas and additional information, please go to www.quakecon.org <http://www.quakecon.org/>

About QuakeCon:
Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon is a four-day, non-stop celebration of games and the people who play them.  Free to all and open to the public, QuakeCon 2009 features North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer (BYOC) LAN party for nearly 3,000 people, drawings and contests for over $75,000 in cash and prizes, the $50,000 QUAKE LIVE Duel and Capture the Flag Championship tournaments, exhibits with the latest games and hardware, and non-stop entertainment, parties and events.  First created in 1996 by a group of friends on IRC and now going into its fourteenth year, QuakeCon remains true to its original mission as an event created by gamers, for gamers.  Sponsored by id Software and other industry-leading software and hardware manufacturers, QuakeCon continues to be run by a dedicated group of volunteers, including an executive team with more than 75 years of combined experience producing the event.  6,000 people attended QuakeCon 2008.

About id Software
id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, has provided technical, design and artistic leadership as a world-renowned game developer and technology innovator since its founding in 1991.  id Software’s iconic brands such as Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers.  More information on id Software can be found at www.idsoftware.com <http://www.idsoftware.com/> . id Software, Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE, RAGE, Enemy Territory, QuakeCon and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks owned by ZeniMax Media Inc.

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