August 3, 2006
Gamers Storm Dallas for QuakeCon 2006
$100,000 in Cash on the Line at the Biggest
Gaming Bash of the Year
The most passionate and competitive video game
fans from across the country and around the world along with industry leaders
will invade Dallas, the birthplace of first-person action PC gaming, at QuakeCon
2006. Gamers will vie for $100,000 in cash and prizes over four-action packed
days, August 3 – 6 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel – Trinity Exhibition Center.
Additionally, id Software has released new screenshots for their upcoming PC
shooter, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.
QuakeCon 2006 is organized by a dedicated group
of volunteers and Texas’ own video game icon, id Software, and offers 96 hours
of round-the-clock parties, entertainment, fragging and, of course, plenty of
QuakeCon covers 120,000 square feet of gaming
goodness, including a sponsor/exhibit area that features displays and demos of
highly anticipated games such as Enemy Territory Quake Wars as well as showcases
cutting-edge products from NVIDIA, Intel, Activision, PhysX and Ageia.
“Having more than 5,000 of our greatest friends
and fans under one roof for 96 hours, playing and partying is what makes
QuakeCon our favorite time of year,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software.
“The continued growth and success of QuakeCon is a testament to the dedication
and enthusiasm of our volunteers, fans, and sponsors. With Enemy Territory:
Quake Wars playable for the first time publicly, and brand new events like the
$10,000 QUAKE 4 Quick Draw competition, QuakeCon 2006 will once again prove why
it is the can’t-miss gaming event of the year.”
Intense Tournament Action:
The NVIDIA Championship includes four tournaments with a total cash purse of
$100,000 plus prizes. In honor of QUAKE’s 10th birthday, QuakeCon presents a
fan-only QUAKE 4 tournament with $10,000 in cash up for grabs. Gamers will also
battle it out for bragging rights and cash in the QUAKE 4 1V1, QUAKE 4 2V2 and
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory 5V5 tournaments.
Fan Appreciation Activities:
QuakeCon goers can win swag and gear by participating in fan appreciation
events that will take place throughout the weekend, including a photo scavenger
hunt, Bawls chugging contest, Guitar Hero tournament, mapping contest, bracket
busters and NVIDIA’s QuakeCon Has Talent, a competition where attendees can show
off their abilities in music, dance, comedy, magic and more.
John Carmack, co-founder, co-owner and technical director of id Software
will again give the keynote address.
For those unable to attend QuakeCon 2006, the official QuakeCon web site (www.quakecon.org)
will have links to view broadcast footage from the event 24/7 from both static
cameras and roaming hand-held cameras.
The QuakeCon 2006 sponsor list boasts a line up of industry giants,
including id Software, NVIDIA, Activision, Intel, SpikeTV, Ziff Davis (The 1UP
Network), PhysX and Ageia.
The exhibit area at QuakeCon 2006 will include sponsored booths from NVIDIA,
Intel, Activision, Directron, EA Mobile, Enermax Technology Corporation, FSP
Group, Computer Power User Magazine and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist
Prizes & Giveaways:
Other companies supporting QuakeCon 2006 through contest and promotion item
giveaways include Ak Design, Bawls, Cooler Master, Crucial Technology, D-Link,
Logitech, OCZ Technology and Razer.
Often described as the “Woodstock of Gaming,” QuakeCon was created in August
of 1996 by a group of friends on the IRC network’s EFnet who had a desire to
meet in person. Less than 100 attendees gathered at the Best Western in Garland,
Texas that first year to play and talk games and compete in the first QuakeCon
tournament. id Software’s lead programmer John Carmack and several other id team
members stopped by to chat with fans about DOOM®, QUAKE®, and the future of an
up-and-coming id Software.
Going into its 11th 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 30 year-round volunteers
and more than 200 on-site volunteers. More than 5,500 people from 52 countries
around the world attended QuakeCon in 2005. The event has expanded to include
QUAKE®, QUAKE II®, QUAKE III Arena®, Return to Castle Wolfenstein®, DOOM 3™ and