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'Ultimate Arena' Online Tournament Winners

by Rainier on Dec. 16, 2003 @ 2:12 p.m. PST

UA recently held an online Counter-Strike tournament with $10,000 in cash & prizes sponsored by ZipZoomFly. Nearly 1000 players participated and six of the top 20 CS clans played as well. Team3D and the runner up teams United5 and Deadzone were awarded prizes worth $10,000, including $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in top-of-the-line AMD Athlon 64 processors and motherboards.

The ZipZoomFly tournament was one of several major tournaments played on Ultimate Arena's competition platform recently. The tournament began on November 4th as an open ladder format. On December 12th, the top 16 teams were placed in a single elimination bracket, and the finals were held on December 15th.

The Ultimate Arena ladder system includes many features, such as automatic server-side demo recording of every match, auto-reporting of match results, a guaranteed cheat-free platform, advanced scheduling tools, and private game servers on the west coast, central, and east coast.

"We've been very pleased with the number of top gamers who played in or followed the tournament," said Tim Wang, Director of Business Development at
ZipZoomFly. "Our goal is to support the leading-edge gaming community, and this tournament has been a great venue to do that while showcasing the
awesome performance of AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems."

Ultimate Arena has seven layers of anti-cheat technology on its site and is now recording demos of all Counter-Strike matches played by cash players using HLTV. After a match, any player can download and review an HLTV demo of the match. A team of game experts at Ultimate Arena reviews all protested games. The system performed flawlessly during the tournament.

"Our matches have gone without a hitch and the Ultimate Arena system is excellent and very well thought-out," said Steel, from Team3D - the top Counter-Strike clan in North America. Slick, from United 5 (another top CS clan) added, "My matches at UA went well and it was a blast. I felt really safe playing with their anti-cheat program which was very nice."

"We had a terrific time running this tournament," said Dennis "Thresh" Fong, Chief Gaming Officer at Ultimate Arena. "To have six of the top 20 CS clans
in the world compete online on the Ultimate Arena system is fantastic."

Ultimate Arena is dedicated to providing a fun and fair experience for all players. On the technical front, Ultimate Arena works closely with game developers and other technology providers to ensure fair play. As a requirement to play, all players must have United Admins' Cheating-Death software running on their computers in order to connect to Ultimate Arena's servers. In addition, Ultimate Arena has developed the Ultimate Feedback System(tm) - a reputation system based on user feedback that helps players determine whom they can trust in the community. Ultimate Arena also employs a staff of experts who can observe and administer matches.

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