IRVINE, Calif. — June 8, 2012 —Kicking off the 2012 Major League Gaming (MLG) Pro Circuit Spring Championship being held in Anaheim, Calif. from June 8-10, BenQ America Corp. today announced its the sponsorship of Netherlands-based real-time strategy (RTS) Warcraft III (WC3) legend and StarCraft® II pro, Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen. With worldwide recognition that includes six world championships, over a hundred other tournament wins, awards for best player and player of the year in eSports, inclusion in the World Cyber Games Hall of Fame, and being one of the most respected and followed professional gamers in eSports history, Grubby personifies BenQ’s commitment to “ConQuering the Game.”
“I’m excited to have BenQ as a main sponsor as I hit the road to participate in a slew of tournaments for the remainder of 2012,” said Grubby. “I’ve been very impressed with BenQ’s support of the professional gamer and look forward to collaborating with the product development team to offer my feedback on perfecting BenQ’s professional gaming monitors. I’ve been using the RL2450HT monitor and by far my favorite feature is the monitor’s Height Adjustable Stand (HAS). I’m happy to report that I have retired the two encyclopedias that I always carried with me while on the road.”
BenQ has been actively involved in the gaming community and believes in the continuous exchange of ideas and collaboration with legendary gamers towards optimizing its expanding line of professional gaming monitors. The successful launch of the RL2450HT this year was received with great enthusiasm by the gaming community. Sophisticated features designed specifically for the serious RTS gamer have made the RL2450HT the official competition monitor for numerous top-level gaming events. In North America these have included tournaments by MLG, E-Sports Entertainment (ESEA), Electronic Sports League (ESL), Texas e-Sports Association (TeSPA), and GIGABYTE™ eSports LAN (GESL), among others.
“Grubby is the ultimate champion and we’re excited to support his efforts as he leaves his mark as a StarCraft II player,” said Bob Wudeck, Director of Retail and e-Commerce at BenQ America Corp. “Supporting the growth of eSports and of pro gamers has enabled us to gain insider perspectives on essential details for winning RTS games, particularly the ability to acquire, assess, and respond to information quickly. The result, as with the RL2450HT, is features such as Black eQualizer and HAS design, offering gamers more viewing comfort and flexibility.”
Offering a 24-inch widescreen (16:9) full HD LED screen, 60-Hz refresh rate for smooth movement, an LED backlight engine for great color and low power consumption, and a 2-ms GtG response time with 12 million to 1 contrast ratio, the RL2450HT is packed with a number of innovative features. The RL Series RTS Mode maximizes visibility and optimizes color, while its Black eQualizer enables total visibility by allowing gamers to adjust the screen brightness without over-exposing white levels — revealing critical combat details with improved visibility in darkened areas. The RL Series Display Mode allows gamers to interchange between monitor screen sizes, while the Smart Scaling feature gives them the freedom to scale the screen manually to any custom size — from 17 to 24 inches — depending on their preferences. In addition, the unit’s adjustable height stand allows for optimal screen positioning.
In addition to the MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship, Grubby is also preparing for the BenQ-sponsored MLG Pro Circuit Summer Championship being held from August 24-26 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the MLG Pro Circuit Fall Championship taking place November 2-4. With prize pools of nearly $195,000 per event, some of the best teams from around the world will assemble to claim their portions.
Information on the full line of BenQ gaming monitors is available at http://gaming.benq.com.
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About Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen.
Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen has been a professional gaming athlete since 2003. He has been competing in eSports in the real-time strategy (RTS) games Warcraft III (WC3) and Starcraft II. As an Orc player, Schenkhuizen has won more than 38 LAN tournaments, of which six are World Championships. Grubby is known for having been part of one of the most successful WC3 teams in history, namely the British 4Kings. Later teams included the Danish MeetYourMakers and the North American team Evil Geniuses. Grubby enjoys a large fan base throughout the world and is characterized as being not one of the fastest players, but one that compensates with smart and effective play styles. His major tournament victories include the World Cyber Games in 2004, the Electronic Sports World Cup in 2005, the World Series of Video Games in 2006, the World Cyber Games 2008, World e-Sports Masters in 2009 and e-Stars 2009 – King of the Game, Seoul – South Korea. His accomplishments in the two World Cyber Games victories have led him to be included in the tournament's hall of fame. Schenkhuizen is the only WC3 player to have won both the WCG and the ESWC title. He's also one of the longest playing professional players of WC3. Since January 2011, Grubby embarked on his StarCraft® II career where he hopes to continue to bring great entertainment to his fans through his gameplay. Follow Grubby at https://www.facebook.com/FollowGrubby and https://www.twitter.com/FollowGrubby.
About BenQ America Corp.
BenQ America Corp. is a leading innovator of digital lifestyle products, providing an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company offers a broad range of projectors and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, corporate, government, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, 3D-ready projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.
The BenQ digital lifestyle stands as a cornerstone of the company’s mission of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this commitment that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.
More information is available at www.BenQ.us.
About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multifaceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology, and mobile technology. BenQ offers an unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projectors, LCD monitors, LCD TVs, digital cameras, eBook readers, mobile Internet devices, storage devices, and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards.
About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group comprises companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (in the top three of the world’s manufacturers of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, BrightView Corp., Cando Co. Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Darwin Precisions, Ltd., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., SiPix Imaging, Lextar Electronics Corp., Raydium Semiconductor Corp., BenQ Medical Technology Corporation, and Wellypower Corp.