SOURCE: SolarWinds


April 15, 2014 07:30 ET

SolarWinds Crowns Champion in Second Annual Bracket Battle

After Five Rounds of Grueling Game-on-Game Combat, SolarWinds Announced That Doom® Reigns Supreme in the 2014 Gaming Bracket Battle

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2014) - SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced that controllers have been put down, computer screens have gone black, and bandwidth has been given a reprieve as the 2014 Gaming Bracket Battle comes to a close. Starting with 34 of the most popular and revered video games, and with 4,600+ votes cast by the thwack® community, only Doom survived the final showdown.

The second annual SolarWinds® Bracket Battle featured a "March Mayhem"-style competition among iconic arcade, console and computer games. Driven purely by community votes, the Bracket Battle led to heated debate and a few Intimidating Shouts, but "Leeroy Jenkins" was kept in line across SolarWinds' thwack community and beyond, with fan bases taking to Twitter®, Facebook® and other message boards to mobilize their troops.

In the final matchup, Call of Duty® faced off against Doom®. In their journey to the final, both games came up against fierce competition:

  • Halo®, World of Warcraft®, Super Mario Kart®, and Grand Theft Autostood in the way of Call of Duty making the final showdown
  • Doom, on the other hand, had to go through Quake®, Resident Evil®, Mortal Kombat®, and the Legend of Zelda® to make it to the championship match

In the end, however, Doom won through its first-person sharp shooting prowess, fearlessness and adaptability.

In 2015, SolarWinds' Bracket Battle 3.0 will return with 34 new challengers poised for dominance. But will the 2013 winner, Star Trek®'s Spock®, make a heroic return to defend his title or will a new genre create controversy among loyal fan bases? Stay tuned to thwack to find out more.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at

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