September 25, 2007 09:23 ET

Fatal1ty Appearance at Newegg's LANfest2K7

Universal abit and Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel to Demonstrate Its Line Of Fatal1ty-Branded PC Gaming Products During Ultimate Gaming Community Event

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Newegg Inc.®, a leading online retailer of computers, consumer electronics and mobile communication products, announced today that Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel will make an appearance at the LANfest2K7 courtesy of Universal abit USA Corporation, maker of motherboards, digital speakers and other multimedia devices. Fatal1ty is a world champion PC gamer who has achieved record earnings, titles and celebrity status.

"Johnathan represents the epitome of gaming sportsmanship and excellence," said Bernard Luthi, vice president of merchandising and product marketing, Newegg. "Showcasing Fatal1ty-branded products, Universal abit's and Fatal1ty's presence will be a highlight of LANfest2K7."

LANfest2K7 is Newegg's premier gaming festival and tournament event where players come to win great prizes and prove their worth as competitive gamers. More than 4,000 gamers are expected to attend the three-day festival, which kicks off at the Ontario Convention Center, Fri., Oct. 5, with an opening ceremony and VIP party. In addition to opening and closing award ceremonies, manufacturers and exhibitors will host activities and demonstrations at their booths. A concert featuring Northern California band One and Zeros will highlight Saturday evening festivities. High-profile gamers and professional gaming teams will compete for more than $75,000 in cash and prizes in live and online tournaments.

With 10 major championships under his belt, Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel is the most accomplished professional PC gamer to date and has become the sport's worldwide ambassador. "As an 'e-Sportsman', I consider PC gaming to be a true sport that requires training and practice," said Wendel. "LANfest2K7 is the quintessential event for professional and amateur gamers alike to share in the excitement."

Fatal1ty will be at the Universal abit booth, #4008, Oct. 5 - 7, to demonstrate Universal abit's line of Fatal1ty PC motherboard gaming products, which include the Fatal1ty F-I90HD and the Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI. He will be available for autographs and shoot-out challenges with the public.

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About Newegg is the world's second-largest online-only retailer, attracting more than 8 million registered users and earning industry-leading customer service ratings. Founded in 2001, Newegg Inc. posted approximately $1.5 billion in revenue in 2006. "Those who know" -- IT professionals, do-it-yourself computer enthusiasts, avid online gamers, students, small-to-midsize businesses, resellers and consumers -- consider their top choice for computer and IT products and consumer electronics. At its award-winning Web site,, shoppers can compare a comprehensive selection of the latest high-tech products, view detailed product descriptions, pictures, how-to information and product reviews, and interact with other members of the technology and gaming community. is headquartered in City of Industry, Calif. For more information, visit or e-mail

About Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel

Johnathan became the world's first full time professional video gamer in 1999 after accepting an invitation to represent the USA at an international tournament in Stockholm, where he went undefeated with a perfect performance, winning all 18 maps. He has continued to dominate competitions all over the world, competing on 6 continents during his 8-year professional career, including a Gold Medal finish for the USA at the 2000 World Cyber Games in Seoul, Korea.

Winning the 2005 CPL World Tour Finals in New York City secured his twelfth Major Title, accomplished while competing in 5 different games -- an unprecedented achievement. His New York City victory earned him $150,000 and brought his 2005 total winnings to $231,000. During his competitive gaming career Fatal1ty has placed 1st in 65% of all the competitions he has entered and top 3 in 90% of them.

In December 2006, Johnathan joined forces with Championship Gaming Series (CGS) as exclusive on-air analyst, global spokesperson and gaming ambassador to help establish competitive video gaming as a 21st century sport. Catch Johnathan and all the action on DirecTV's channel 101, Sky or Star as well as a live stream on

In August 2007, Johnathan was awarded the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in the four-year history of the eSports-Award for "showing exceptional sportsmanship, taking part in shaping eSports into what it is today and for being the prime representative of this young sport. He has become the figurehead for eSports worldwide."

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