Reigning champs Team Sidewinder are renowned for being the favorites in online tournaments in New Zealand – but this week they have to take a backseat to
the newly formed Exile5 who took the tournament in a hugely exciting and extremely close finals game where
only 26 tickets (from 240) across two rounds separated the best in the country – in Bad Company terms, a
good match up of teams!
The first half saw a quick push out from Exile5, which from Team Sidewinder’s perspective was not good news,
as it had them on the back foot for the half. Never giving up though, some big pushes, and the first half ended
20‐0 in favour of Exile5. The second half began and quickly it was seen this half would be more a firefight than
strategic attempts to capture points – in the end only 6 tickets separated the two teams with Exile5 winning
the second half also – final score 26‐0.
Electronic Arts (EA) New Zealand in association with ON3Network announced the Battlefield: Bad Company™
Online Tournament (The EA Cup) on PC, three months ago – and since then teams have been training hard and
clocking up the hours taking part in what has been tipped as New Zealand’s biggest ever online tournament.
With 24 teams starting out in the 8 vs. 8 round robin tournament, the elite were soon sorted out from the
rest. After 2 months of upsets and a lot of game‐time, it was down to the final 4. BlackWatch and Imperium
played a nail biting game for 3rd and 4th place, with Imperium taking enough tickets to take 3rd Place.
Thanks to sponsors HP and Puma, each member of the ultimate winning team (including subs) will receive an
HP 320G Pocket Media Drive (valued at $249), a Limited Edition Battlefield Bad Company 2 t‐shirt and a Puma
Cap. Plus the captain will win an HP High Performance Elite Desktop Computer (valued at $3699). The captain
can risk his life by keeping it or raffle it off amongst team members if desired. With a total prize pool for the
winning team valued at $8000 – this was THE Online Tournament of the year to be a part of.
“This has been a fiercely contested battle. Exile5 are obviously serious gamers and we hope that the HP kit
they receive will be enjoyed by them in the future,” says Jess Rangi, Personal Systems Group Marketing
Communications Manager, HP New Zealand.
All members of the 2nd and 3rd placing teams have won a Limited Edition Battlefield Bad Company 2 t‐shirt and
a Puma cap.
In its release month (March) Battlefield Bad Company 2 held the title for the fastest downloaded demo in EA
history with over 2M demo downloads across Xbox LIVE™ and the PlayStation®Network (combined) in the first
five days of availability.
Defined by its increasingly intense vehicular warfare, destruction, variety of weapons and huge sandbox
environments, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 promises to be one of the finest online FPS games of 2010. Its
dedicated servers that allow for smooth, seamless online play help it stand out among the competition.
Developed using state of the art graphics technology, the PC version of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the first
title in the Battlefield franchise to be 3‐D‐ready, playable in DirectX® 11, and support multiple monitors for
properly equipped PCs.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is rated R16 in New Zealand and is available now for the Xbox 360® videogame and
entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC.
For more information on DICE, please visit www.dice.se. For more information on Battlefield: Bad Company 2
please visit: www.battlefield.com. Or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/OfficialBFBC2. To register for
the NZ Online Tournament please go to www.ON3Network.co.nz