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VIA Opens World’s First eSports Training House for Competitive PC Gaming

By Julio Franco
Feb 21, 2006
  1. VIA Technologies, Inc., leading supplier of high definition PC silicon for the gaming market, today launched the girlz 0f destruction gaming house in Sweden, the first-ever year-round eSports training house. Dubbed the “Home of Chrome” after the Hi-Def™ Chrome computer hardware provided by VIA and S3 Graphics, the house provides both professional and amateur gamers with a unique opportunity to improve their competitive gaming skills in a focused environment.

    One of the largest and fastest growing entertainment markets with global sales of around US$20 billion last year, PC gaming is becoming increasingly competitive around the world, with the growing recognition of eSports reflected in escalating tournament prizes, such as the US$150,000 purse at the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) finals. The Home of Chrome is a strategic move to facilitate intensive training for competitive PC gamers to hone their skills and practice with the best.

    Situated in Sollentuna, Sweden, near Stockholm International Airport, the Home of Chrome is strategically located for easy access to the European and international competitive eSports arena. Sweden also has among the world’s fastest broadband connectivity, affording ultra low ping rates crucial for online gaming. Four of the seven members of the girlz 0f destruction team are currently living in the Home of Chrome, a six-bedroom house with a LAN room for gaming, as well as a verandah, sunroom, balcony and sauna room for relaxing after long hours of practicing.

    The girlz 0f destruction plan to host guests at the Home of Chrome, including both amateur and professional gamers, contest winners, members of the media and other notable persons interested in the eSports lifestyle.

    More details about the Home of Chrome can be found at: www.girlzgaminghouse.com.

    About Chrome Ambassadors the “girlz 0f destruction”

    girlz 0f destruction is a 7-member, international, all-girls PC gaming team, widely regarded as the highest level professional female QUAKE™ 4 players in the world. Since the launch of the S3 Graphics Chrome S20 Series of graphics products in 2005, girlz 0f destruction has been appointed as official Chrome Ambassadors for VIA and S3 Graphics computer hardware. As top competitive QUAKE 4 professional gamers, girlz 0f destruction travel the globe competing and exhibiting their gaming skills at eSports events using the power of Chrome products. The girlz 0f destruction’s competitive spirit, international composition and adventurous good nature make them ideal ambassadors of the Chrome lifestyle.

    More than half of the girlz 0f destruction team live in a VIA-sponsored 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week dedicated eSports training home in Sweden. Dubbed the “Home of Chrome”, this facility gives the girlz 0f destruction the equipment and environment to dedicate themselves fully to competitive eSports, and is also open to the wider gaming community for bootcamp and training sessions for amateur and professional gamers alike. To participate in this active eSports community or find out more about the girlz 0f destruction, be sure to visit: www.girlzgaminghouse.com.

    The next public appearance of the girlz 0f destruction will be at the ASUS VIA Chrome Cup in Moscow on February 23rd, 2006 at a women-only one-on-one QUAKE 4 tournament.
     
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