VIA-Sponsored ‘girlz 0f destruction’ Vie for Inaugural Ms. QuakeCon Gaming Title

VIA extends Geared for Gaming initiative, sponsoring top all-girl PC gaming team to compete for US$30,000 at the world’s premier multiplayer LAN gaming event

Taipei, Taiwan, 9th August 2005, – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the sponsorship of ‘girlz 0f destruction’, a leading female PC gaming team, at this year’s QuakeCon being held in Grapevine, Texas, from 11th to 14th August 2005.

The girlz 0f destruction team members will compete in the first official Ms. QuakeCon competition, playing as individuals in a QUAKE III Arena deathmatch tournament for a top prize of US$30,000. They will also join VIA in a “Live at QuakeCon” web conference for media on 12th August, the second day of the event (details below).

“VIA is proud to support girlz 0f destruction in their quest to win the first official Ms. QuakeCon title, as they are very professional, highly skilled and a credit to e-gaming,” said Keith Kowal, Marketing Manager, VIA Technologies, Inc. “Harnessing the power of VIA’s market-leading core-logic chipsets for maximum performance should ensure them a winning edge, and we look forward to a keenly-fought tournament.”

“We are really pleased to have VIA as a sponsor who appreciates our efforts,” commented Alana Reid, ‘Ms.X’, girlz 0f destruction leader. “We’ve been training really hard for this so we’re really hoping to have one of our girlz 0f destruction members in the winners’ circle at this year’s QuakeCon.”

Web Conference: Note to Editors

Join Ms. X and other girlz 0f destruction team members in a “Live from Quakecon” web-based conference call on 12th August from 10am-11am Texas time (CDT), when the media can join in the fun and learn more about what it takes to be a professional gamer, and the female perspective on competitive e-sports, as well as get a feel for the atmosphere of QuakeCon and an understanding of the phenomenon that makes QuakeCon the Mecca for LAN gamers.

About girlz Of destruction

girlz 0f destruction is a 10-member, international all-girls PC gaming team hailing from six different countries and will be sending four representatives to participate in this year’s inaugural Ms. QuakeCon tournament. Representing Sweden, Canada and the USA , the girlz 0f destruction members will be participating as individuals in a deathmatch-style Quake III tournament. All team members attending the event are professional gamers and have played over 10,000 matches between them and each trains on average for five hours a day.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei , Taiwan , VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US , Europe and Asia , and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.viatech.com

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