GSN to Air 'WORLDWIDE WEBGAMES CHAMPIONSHIP' December 3
A $1 Million Grand Prize Is Awarded to the Highest Scoring Player
Todd Newton Hosts the Championship
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 20 -- Todd Newton ("WHAMMY",
"Game$how Marathon," "Made in the USA") will host GSN's WORLDWIDE WEBGAMES
CHAMPIONSHIP, the first casual gaming competition ever to award a one
million dollars to the top scoring player. The WORLDWIDE WEBGAMES
CHAMPIONSHIP will air Sunday, December 3 (9:00 - 10:00 PM, ET).
Representing seven countries from around the world and 22 states, 69
qualifying players were flown to Los Angeles to compete and demonstrate
their mastery of three of the most popular casual games: Bejeweled 2, Zuma,
and Solitaire. After three rounds of competition and elimination, one
million dollars was awarded to the last player standing.
Each participant in the WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES qualified through playing
online tournaments at FUN Technologies' casual games sites, WorldWinner and
SkillJam, or at any of FUN's partner sites including GSN.com, MSN Games,
Real Networks and Virgin Games. Of the 69 players, ranging in age from 20
to 63, 58 are from the United States.
A very tight competition, it was Kavitha Yalavarthi of Odessa, TX, who
emerged the champion. An aspiring law student and honors graduate of the
University of Texas at Austin, Yalavarthi got her start playing casual
games by challenging her mother to friendly competitions online. She plans
to use her winnings to purchase her first home with her fianc�, who
accompanied her to the competition.
Shortly after winning the million-dollar prize, Yalavarthi woke her
parents with a late-night call to break the news. "Mom, Dad, you know those
casual games that I play online?" Yalavarthi asked. "Well, they're not so
casual anymore. I just won a million dollars."
In addition to the casual games championship, the special will also
feature highlights of a special celebrity competition MC'd by Emmy
Award-winning Chuck Woolery. Barry Williams, Christopher Knight and
Adrienne Curry, Tracey Gold, Linda Blair and Linda Grey played the online
LINGO skill game, competing against one another for their favorite
Produced by Base Camp Films, WORLDWIDE WEB GAMES was executive produced
by co-owners director/producer Brady Connell and producer Jim Jusko.
Two-time Emmy winner Connell has played integral roles in such television
projects as "Survivor," "Eco-Challenge" and "The Amazing Race."
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network
dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The
network features game shows, reality series, documentaries and casino
games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 133 hours
per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win
prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com. Now
reaching more than 60 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S.
through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is
jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation.
For further media information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.