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NATICK, MA, August 6, 2008 — The Championship Gaming Series™ (CGS), the only worldwide professional video gaming league, sent its final games series out to millions of viewers via DIRECTV satellite during the month of July, culminating in the World Final Championship Match on Saturday, August 2, 2008. The sharp, high-definition images of gamers taking the virtual world of video gaming to an exciting physical level has been accompanied by brilliant, razor-sharp 5.1 surround audio, thanks to monitoring via Genelec 1032A Bi-Amplified Monitoring System and Genelec 7070A Active Subwoofers. This summer's games telecast took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

A-1 and sound designer Michael Abbott coordinated 200+ audio sources through a Calrec Sigma Bluefin digital console that gave the telecast cinematic quality and density of sound, featuring a range of intricate details, from “soccer hooligan” rants during gameplay of the FIFA football program to the realistic sound effects of artillery and bombs during play of military game Counterstrike. This complex and sophisticated sound design followed the action of the gamers and their coaches, whose live audio was brought in via tally-assisted camera microphones. In play, CGS set up teams of up to five players per side, who controlled avatars on video screens. The audio followed camera cuts, using the video switcher to mute and unmute channels, allowing the audio to follow the video action. “It’s a very hectic audio environment,” said Abbott, who is also noted for his work as an audio consultant on award shows including the GRAMMY® Awards and the CMA Awards, for which he also uses Genelec monitors. “The Genelecs are the most transparent monitors you can find for long days and hours spent in a truck surrounded by a harsh listening environment. There is noise from intercoms and other sound sources constantly passing through, and our truck is located behind two chiller trucks that are running their diesels constantly, as well as the noise from airplanes taking off from Santa Monica airport. It’s a less-than-perfect environment to mix in, but the Genelecs make it work.”

The Genelec 1032A is a two-way active monitoring system including magnetically shielded drivers, speaker enclosure, multiple power amplifiers and active low signal level crossover. Due to its compact size, this system is ideal for high power near field monitoring. Furthermore, it is well suited to general purpose broadcasting applications, TV control rooms, mobile vans and CD mastering as well as home studios. The Genelec 7070A Active Subwoofer is powerful and precise bass monitoring tool for modern 6.1- or 5.1-channel Surround Sound or traditional stereo systems. With its 19 Hz lower cut-off frequency, high sound pressure output capability and versatile bass management systems, it can be adapted to all low frequency monitoring situations.

About Championship Gaming Series
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Championship Gaming Series (CGS) is a well-capitalized global media company which uniquely targets the $37 billion global video gaming category with an innovative and compelling sports entertainment offering. Launched in 2007 and developed and financially backed by News Corp. (NYSE:NWS) companies DIRECTV, BSkyB, and STAR, CGS features the world’s best pro gamers and is broadcast to more than 100,000,000 households in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Key strategic partners include Microsoft, Dell, PepsiCo, and IGN.

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Genelec, the pioneer in Active Monitoring technology, was founded in 1978 and has concentrated its efforts and resources into the design and manufacturing of active monitoring loudspeakers with unparalleled sonic accuracy. Genelec has been credited with promoting the concept of active monitors, a trend in technology that some manufacturers are just now incorporating into their products. Genelec has a complete line of active main, mid-field, and near-field monitors for application in the music recording, postproduction, project studio, broadcast, TV, and CD mastering markets.

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—For more information on the complete range of Genelec Active Monitoring Systems, contact: Genelec Inc., 7 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760. Tel: (508) 652-0900; Fax: (508) 652-0909;
Web: http://www.genelecusa.com/.



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