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NVIDIA to Sponsor $1,000,000 CPL World Tour

 
 

NVIDIA Corporation:

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NVIDIA Ltd
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NVIDIA to Sponsor $1,000,000 CPL World Tour

LONDON — February 3rd, 2005 — NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, and the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), today announced that NVIDIA has signed on as a presenting sponsor of the $1,000,000 CPL World Tour™. The landmark tour, which boasts the largest cash purse ever offered by a game tournament, will travel to ten international cities and is expected to bring together the world’s best competitive PC game players and computing enthusiasts at every stop.

The $1,000,000 CPL World Tour will commence on February 10th in Istanbul, Turkey and will travel to major cities in Europe, Asia, South America and North America throughout the year.

“This sponsorship is a great fit for both CPL and NVIDIA as it allows NVIDIA to publicly show its support for the PC gaming community and those gamers that demonstrate excellence in play,” said David Roman, vice president of corporate marketing at NVIDIA. “Participating in the CPL World Tour complements NVIDIA’s ongoing grass roots marketing efforts and gives us an opportunity to reach out to a large and diverse global audience of gamers who seek the highest performance technologies. We applaud the CPL’s endeavours to promote the sport of competitive gaming in an entertaining and high-profile way.”

As a presenting sponsor, NVIDIA will host on-site exhibits at each of the ten tour stops, as well as equip the tournament PCs deployed at each tour stop with its award-winning GeForce™ 6800 model graphics processing units (GPUs). The selection of NVIDIA® GPUs will deliver to players competing in the headline Painkiller competition the distinct technology advantage of blazing fast frame rates and crisp visuals necessary for extreme levels of play.

NVIDIA is also contributing funds to the “unofficial” competitions based on other popular PC games, including Day of Defeat and Warcraft 3, at select tour stops.

Gamers across the globe will have an opportunity to follow the action via radio broadcasts hosted by the Team Sportscast Network (TSN). Also sponsored by NVIDIA for the CPL World Tour, TSN plans to broadcast live, play-by-play coverage of all the major competitions from each stop on the CPL World Tour from its Website, located at http://worldtour.tsncentral.com/.

“NVIDIA has been a wonderful partner of the CPL and its continued support has elevated game tournaments to a new level,” said Angel Munoz, founder and president of the CPL. “CPL competitors demand the highest performing hardware and NVIDIA has consistently delivered. We look forward to building on this relationship with the commencement of the World Tour.”

For more information about the $1,000,000 CPL World Tour, including a complete list of tour stops, please visit www.cplworldtour.com.

About the CPL

Launched June 1997, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) was the first organization to advance computer game competitions to the level of a professional sport. Today, the CPL is the global leader in competitive computer gaming, having held 35 live tournaments on five continents. The CPL has also sanctioned a large number of qualifying tournaments held in over 30 countries. Visit the CPL website at www.thecpl.com.

About NVIDIA
NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.co.uk.

Certain statements in this press release, including any statements relating to the Company's performance expectations for NVIDIA's family of products and expectations of continued revenue growth, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third-party manufacturers, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products and the Company's dependence on third-party developers and publishers. Investors are advised to read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Certain Business Risks," for a fuller discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.

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