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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2013 – GameSpot, the #1 gaming information destination, today announced it will offer exclusive live-stream coverage of the EA SPORTS™ Challenge Series finals exclusively on PS3™, powered by Virgin Gaming, which takes place Feb. 9 at Lagasse’s Stadium in Las Vegas. Pitting the best Madden, FIFA, and NHL pro gamers from around the world in a sports video game showdown, the EA SPORTS™ Challenge Series exclusively on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) will determine the ultimate global champion with more than $1 million in prize money at stake.

GameSpot’s live coverage of the EA SPORTS™ Challenge from Lagasse’s Stadium runs from noon PT until midnight on Feb. 9 and will be available on-demand following the event.  Coverage will include dynamic match highlights and interviews with star eSports athletes and celebrities from the NHL and NFL, and more. GameSpot’s coverage of the event will air on GameSpot.com and Twitch.tv as well as the Virgin Gaming, Sony PlayStation and EA websites.

“The EA SPORTS™ Challenge Series will bring together some of the world’s best eSports athletes under one roof and GameSpot.com will cover every minute of the live action,” said David Rice, senior vice president and general manager of CBS Interactive’s games division. “We envision 2013 to be a banner year for eSports and this will be the first of several major tournaments CBS Interactive Games will bring to our massive gaming audience.” GameSpot’s live coverage of the EA SPORTS™ Challenge Series is the first in a series of high-profile international eSports competitions that the site will live stream and host this year.

“Virgin Gaming’s vision is to make competitive gaming more accessible and fun and GameSpot provides an excellent way for us to get our event to a much larger fan base,” said Billy Levy, President of Virgin Gaming.

The EA SPORTS™ Challenge Series exclusively on PS3™ kicked off with online qualifiers to determine the 640 competitors who will face off at the finals in Las Vegas. For more information on the event and to live stream please visit: www.gamespot.com/esports

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