IT'S OFFICIAL! SUDDEN STRIKE UK CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE BIGGEST EVER
A Battalion of 700 British get ready for war in Europe.
July 19, 2001: The Sudden Strike UK Championships, organised by top European games publisher CDV, has smashed through all previous records to become officially, the biggest RTS tournament ever held. With 700 contestants already registered via the dedicated web site at www.suddenstrike.co.uk, CDV believes that there will be 800 players by August 1st, when the tournament officially begins.
Last-minute entrants, or anyone still wishing to polish up their skills at the RTS blockbuster Sudden Strike now have just two weeks to sign up for the Championships and join one of the online battalions from where the 24 UK finalists will emerge.
The online tournament will take place during August and September, with every single entrant who plays at least one game eligible for a campaign medal to mark their participation in this historic event.
Unveiled today is the unique Sudden Strike map which has been created especially for the Championships' qualifying tournament by renowned map designer Taliesin. Taliesin has created custom maps for each stage of the Championships - anyone interested in seeing, or practising, the qualifying tournament map can download it from www.suddenstrike.co.ukand it will also be hosted on many other sites on the web. The 24 best players from this campaign will meet in the flesh at UK finals day on October 7 at The Playing Fields, London's premier multiplayer gaming venue. As well as the chance to represent the UK in the European Final, finalists will also be competing for prizes including top quality PC hardware. There are PCs, NVIDIA Geforce 3-based 3D Prophet III graphics cards from Hercules, and Touch Force Optical mice from Saitek, featuring the latest optical technology with fast, accurate response rates on offer.
"Over 700 entrants is an unprecedented response for any single game tournament," says Leo Zullo, marketing manager of CDV UK. "We can't wait for the tournament to start - we have some incredibly good players already registered and I'm sure some exciting new stars will emerge during the competition."
"These are truly exciting times for multi-player gaming," said Daniel Allen, Product Manager at Saitek. "The combination of cutting edge peripherals and the best players in the UK together will produce an experience that is both inspiring for competitors and excellent fun."
Edward Watson, director of The Playing Fields, adds: “In the four years that The Playing Fields has been organising events, I have never seen anything quite like this. The interest, support and response from entrants has been overwhelming.”
Players finishing in the top three at the UK finals will progress to the grand European showdown in Paris on October 19. All three will win an all-expenses paid weekend in Paris which will include the unique three-way tournament to find the Sudden Strike European Champion, playing against the Sudden Strike champions of France and Germany.
For more on the Sudden Strike European Championships and for an online entry form, go to www.suddenstrike.co.uk. Details of how to enter can also be found in the packaging for Sudden Strike Forever, the Sudden Strike expansion pack, available now for PC CD-ROM at £19.99.