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RaptoR
16th Jul 2003, 05:56 AM
Quake Champion Dennis 'Thresh' Fong sent in the following press release, with details of how gamers can now play UT and UT2003 for money at UltimateArena.com.

(Menlo Park, CA, July 15, 2003) – Ultimate Arena, Inc., the leading skill-based action game web site, today announced the addition of award-winning and top-selling Unreal Tournament and Unreal Tournament 2003 to its site (http://www.ultimatearena.com).

At Ultimate Arena, online gamers can create their own tournaments for cash prizes. Players fund their accounts with a credit card or PayPal, select a supported game, choose desired game settings, and pay a tournament entry fee as low as 50 cents. The player or team that wins the match collects the prize money. Players can compete as individuals or in teams of a chosen size. Cash prizes for each tournament are determined by the number of players in the tournament and the tournament’s entry fee. Ultimate Arena has implemented a wide variety of player-friendly features and functions that provide a great experience for new and veteran players alike, such as a simple to use interface and an innovative system to ensure fair play.

“As a long-time gamer and competitor in online tournaments, I know just how exciting things can get when there’s money on the line,” said Dennis “Thresh” Fong, Chief Gaming Officer of Ultimate Arena and World Champion of Doom, Quake, and Quake 2. “Ultimate Arena gives gamers the ability to put their money where their mouth is.”

There is no cost to sign up for Ultimate Arena. Players can create their own tournaments using their preferred game settings, or they can choose to join already open tournaments created by other players. Game settings may include the number of players per game, the map, and the entrance fee to participate in the tournament. When the match ends, the players' account balances are updated to reflect the results of the match. Players can also join “Instant Games” which display their winnings while they are still inside the game at the end of each round.

“We already have thousands of users who have signed up to play America’s Army, one of the most popular games in the world, at our site,” said Michael Cassidy, CEO of Ultimate Arena. “Bringing Unreal Tournament and Unreal Tournament 2003 to our site will make Ultimate Arena even more exciting.”

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Threnode
16th Jul 2003, 12:20 PM
Ultimate Arena is a good idea, and i'll probably give it whirl (after much practising!) But you've got to admire Thresh's cheek.

One of his other baby's, 'Firingsquad.com', have made a point of savaging the likes of UT, UT2003 and Unreal 2 in their reviews. The main crime of these games appears to be they don't have 'id Software' on the box.

Now Thresh is making his living by setting up online money matches using Unreal powered shooters. Oh, the irony...

So good luck, Dennis; I admire your entrepreneurship and your nerve in equal measure.

TossMonkey
16th Jul 2003, 01:51 PM
Thresh is a god.