On March 9, CeBIT, the largest IT-related trade show in the world, will host the KODE5 global launch. Supported by Foxconn, Intel and ATi, the KODE5 launch at CeBIT will see the pros playing pros, as well as the everyday gamers taking each other on for some cool prizes. Hosted by Germany’s largest gaming network, Giga TV, and with the Team Sportscast Network, doing the play-by-play, show-goers and international media at CeBIT will have the first chance to witness the beginnings of the KODE5 Global Gaming Revolution.

(HANNOVER, Germany) – March 6, 2006 – Last week, gamers from around the world were told of a revolution about to begin – a global gaming revolution known only as KODE5. We were told KODE5 will mass gamers in 16 countries in a series of regional events to find the best gamers from around the world. The best then fly to an undisclosed location to square off against the world’s gaming elite. On March 9, CeBIT, the largest IT-related trade show in the world, will host the KODE5 global launch. Supported by Foxconn, Intel and ATi, the KODE5 launch will see dozens of professional gamers helping KODE5 bring gaming to CeBIT. The KODE5 launch at CeBIT will see the pros playing pros, as well as the everyday gamers taking each other on for some cool prizes.

Hosted by Germany’s largest gaming network, Giga TV, and with the Team Sportscast Network, doing the play-by-play, show-goers and international media at CeBIT will have the first chance to witness the beginnings of the KODE5 Global Gaming Revolution. Users at home can also catch the excitement through an exclusive web broadcast. Since its inception in 1999, TsN has pioneered the use of online media to deliver programming specifically targeted at the multiplayer gaming community.

“The growth of eSports over the past two years is phenomenal, and TsN is proud to be on the forefront of the gaming revolution,” says Hunter Luisi, Team Sportscast Network. “We are truly excited to shoutcast the festivities at the KODE5 Global Launch, and viewers at home can tune in to all the action from Hannover daily. It’s going to be one wild ride.”

For the launch at CeBIT, CS Team The PlayMakers, who recently joined Team Dignitas, will be in attendance to challenge all comers. If a team is able to beat The PlayMakers in a best two-out-of-three match, they will get automatic seeding in the German KODE5 Regional Finals. Included among the CS Teams already lined up to take on The PlayMakers are some of the world’s best girl gaming teams. Other teams interested in challenging The PlayMakers can write to [email protected].

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to promote this new league, its without a doubt going to be one of the major esport events in 2006,” says Mike “spx” Luetzhoeft. “We are thrilled to be a part of the launch.”

Intel, ATi, and Foxconn have all announced support for the KODE5 project with more expected to jump on board to show their support of the gaming community. The supporters of KODE5 have committed to listening to the feedback from the gaming community and then acting on that feedback. For the KODE5 Regional and Global Finals, a standard KODE5 gaming platform will be created so that all gamers are ensured of an even playing field. Intel, ATi and Foxconn have all committed to provide the hardware for these KODE5 platforms and to work with each other to tweak these systems for ultimate performance.

KODE5 looks to spread the message of competitive gaming to the masses by giving the gaming community a voice. To do this KODE5 will assemble the Revolutionary Council, an advisory board that consists of some of the biggest names in the gaming community. By involving gamers, organizers, teams, media, and developers, the Revolutionary Council will help shape the rules and regulations of KODE5, and help spread the excitement of competitive gaming to a mainstream audience. By showing a mainstream audience how esports are meant to be played, KODE5, along with the Revolutionary Council, aims to have a serious impact on the shape of competitive gaming.

In order to appeal to a wide range of gamers around the world, Counter-Strike 1.6, Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, and Quake 4 are the official games of KODE5. Gamers of all skill levels are invited to attend KODE5 regional events. The rules and regulations of KODE5 were setup by the gaming community themselves. Not only are professional gamers and teams involved, but gaming media and game developers as well. Opening the event to everyone really allows KODE5 to maintain closeness to the pulse of the gaming community, and deliver a tournament that is recognized and accepted by everyone – from the casual gamer to the seasoned professional. In the end, KODE5 recognizes what matters most – the gamers that drive it.

The KODE5 Global Launch is taking place at the Foxconn booth, hall 23, booth C42. More details regarding locations, schedules, games, and supporters will be available March 9, 2006 on the official website: www.kode5.com