April 21, 2009 09:01 ET

GSN and WorldWinner Kick Off Second W3Games Championship in Bejeweled 2

With a Total of $100,000 on the Line, PopCap's Most Popular Casual Game Seeks a World Champion

NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS and SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2009) - GSN and WorldWinner ( today announced that the Bejeweled 2 W3Games Championship, the second marquee tournament of the 2009 WorldWide Web Games (W3Games) championship series, will begin on April 27. On the heels of a heated Solitaire Rush W3Games Championship, WorldWinner and GSN now invite game enthusiasts to vie for their share of a $100,000 prize and the World Champion title in the most popular casual game of the 21st century.

"Casual gamers everywhere love Bejeweled 2, and WorldWinner's players are no exception," said Christian Meyer, chief marketing officer of WorldWinner and senior vice president of Marketing, GSN Digital. "With its widespread appeal, we know Bejeweled 2 will spark the competitive spirit in even more game enthusiasts. We challenge every Bejeweled fan out there to enter the tournament and test their gem-matching skills against the best of the best."

"PopCap's Bejeweled franchise has consumed over 6 billion hours of leisure time since it launched in 2000, with Bejeweled lovers playing for all sorts of reasons - to fight boredom at work, to unwind after a busy day or to keep their minds sharp while they're job hunting," said Ben Rotholtz, vice president of Marketing, PopCap. "The W3Games gives Bejeweled fans two more reasons to get excited about the game: real cash prizes and a World Champion title."

The 2009 W3Games is year-long series of online game tournaments featuring four marquee titles - Solitaire Rush, Bejeweled 2, Wheel of Fortune and Big Money - each with a $100,000 prize pool. The top 32 finishers in each are guaranteed a portion of that game's prize pool. Boersma5 (Amy from East Lansing, Michigan), took home the World Champion title in the first W3Games tournament, Solitaire Rush. Several additional tournaments will be announced throughout the year.

"When I heard that Bejeweled 2 would be the next W3Games tournament, I couldn't wait to compete," said Kavitha Shah, 2006 W3Games Champion. "Bejeweled is one of my all-time favorites, and was my strongest game during my 2006 win. Everyone has been practicing and the competition is guaranteed to be fierce, but I'm up to the challenge!"

Players can enter the qualifying round beginning on April 27 at noon EDT through noon EDT on May 3. For the complete 2009 W3Games schedule, and to enter the tournament, click here.

About WorldWinner

WorldWinner (, a subsidiary of GSN, hosts online competitions that intensify casual games with the thrill of playing for cash and prizes. Offering beloved titles such as Solitaire, Bejeweled 2, Family Feud, SCRABBLE(R) Cubes, Wheel of Fortune and Cubis, WorldWinner puts winning within reach for more than 30 million registered game enthusiasts of all skill levels who share a passion for competition and a penchant for fun. With WorldWinner, game lovers test themselves and challenge each other through games that engage, invigorate and relax the mind. The company's broad network of partner sites includes leading global brands, such as AOL Games, EA-Pogo, Lycos, MSN Games and MyPoints.

GSN and WorldWinner are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further information, visit GSN's press website at

About GSN

GSN celebrates the champion in everyone by putting winning within reach via its 69-million subscriber television network, online games site, and GSN Radio and GSN Shop. GSN's cross-platform game content gives consumers the opportunity to participate for a chance to win cash and prizes, whether it's through GSN's popular original TV game shows, free casual games, or's competitive cash tournaments. GSN is distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos. The company is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further information, visit GSN's press website at

About PopCap

PopCap Games ( is the leading multi-platform provider of "casual games" - fun, easy-to-learn, irresistible computer games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 200 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, and Shanghai. Its timeless games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled(R), has sold more than 25 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only casual games developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including Web portals, retail stores, consoles, mobile phones and MP3 players.

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