World's Largest Computer Game Tournament

Intel, Microsoft, and Gateway join forces to reward the best players.

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Registration begins today for the Gateway Country Challenge - the largest computer game tournament ever - which debuts in the US and Canada on November 4. In partnership with Intel and Microsoft, Gateway will host the tournament in all 320 of its Gateway Country stores on the weekends of November 4-5 and 11-12. The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) is organizing and managing the tournament.

The game played in the tournament will be Microsoft's urban racing title, Midtown Madness 2. And what's the prize, you ask? There will be 570 different types of prizes, and 2,280 winners will receive items ranging from US$50 to $8,000. In all, more than $300,000 in prizes will be awarded. In an effort to make this event a family-friendly activity, the competition will be divided into four age groups: ages 6-9, 10-13, 14-18, and 19 and up. In the first weekend of competition, the top-scoring players in each age group from each store will receive a $50 gift certificate. After the second round of play, the highest scorer nationwide in each age group from the combined weekends will be awarded a certificate for a personalized Pentium 4-based Gateway PC and $5,000.

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