Feb 25, 2008

Seagate Partners with Australia's Best Gamers to Prepare for World Cyber Games

SINGAPORE - Seagate Technology (NYSE:STX) today announced it will sponsor this year’s World Cyber Games Australian Tournament by providing Barracuda® 7200.11 hard drives for all the gaming stations.

Featuring SATA interfaces and Native Command Queuing, the 7200 RPM drives are a perfect fit for the speed requirements of the official competition games and are able to deliver the processing performance required to play titles such as Gears Of War and Counter Strike 1.6, which contestants came up against during last year’s tournament.

“Modern gamers need high capacity and fast access speeds to get the most out of today’s games, especially with increasingly realistic graphics and complex narratives,” said Henk van den Berg, Seagate’s sales director for South Asia & ANZ. “The eleventh-generation Barracuda drives that will be used at the World Cyber Games in Australia have data transfer speeds of 3Gb/s to ensure gamers don’t experience interrupted images while competing.”

The award-winning Barracuda 7200.11 drives have been reviewed favorably by worldwide technology media, garnering numerous accolades. Recently, the Barracuda 7200.11 drive received the “Must Have – Editors’ Choice Award” from review site, TweakTown1. The adoption of the drives for the Australian tournament confirms the quality, performance and reliability of these hard drives that employed second-generation perpendicular recording technology.

First held in 2000, World Cyber Games is a global festival devoted to sports conducted within cyberspace, or e-sports. More than a million people from over 70 countries participate each year, competing for the chance to be named world champion in one of 12 different gaming titles. World Cyber Games also offers the opportunity for technology experts and industry members to come together and discuss the future of e-sports and their cultural relevance.

Jake Gardiner is the Event Manager and Tournament Director for CBN Media, the organizer for this year’s festival. He says it is the gamers’ familiarity with the Seagate brand that makes the Barracuda drives the natural choice for the competition.

"Seagate is a household name in the homes of gamers around the world so we’re really excited to have Seagate on board for the World Cyber Games this year in Australia,” said Gardiner. “Gamers demand the highest quality product and that’s why they’ll be playing on PCs using the Barracuda 7200.11 drives. It’s going to be a big event that’s powered by Seagate’s industry-leading technology.”

The Australian National Finals will be held over three days in August and are expected to draw crowds of over 2000 spectators, eager to see who will represent Australia at the WCG Grand Final in November.

Held in Cologne, Germany, the Grand Final will feature up to 800 of the world’s best gamers as well as cultural events, technology seminars and hands-on gaming stations.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, as it strives to be the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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1TweakTown, “Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11 Hard Drive”: 23 December 2007, http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1261/seagate_barracuda_1tb_7200_11_hard_drive/index.html