Posted on August 17, 2007,

America's Army Goes Pro

AACPLThat’s right, the U.S. Government’s hippest recruiting tool has gone to the big leagues. Now we’ll get a chance to see who really is the best of the best. Army of One? Army Strong? How about Army of Geek?

America’s Army will join alongside Counter-Strike in what CPL is dubbing the “Bring Your Own Computer” tournament. Each tournament will feature $10,000 in cash prizes. America’s Army is just one of a handful of games that will be hosted by the Summer 2007 CPL Championships, which will be held Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Not only is the U.S. Army sponsoring the tournament, but they will be there firsthand to show off their America’s Army Future Soldier Trainer. “This leading-edge simulation technology allows users to feel the recoil as they use realistic weapons armed with lasers in scenarios that range from single player training experiences to multiplayer missions adapted from the America’s Army PC game.” — Way cool.

If I’m not mistaken, is AA not the first “free” game to appear at the CPL? Well, I supposed free is relative considering the tax payer money involved in its development. Still, it is nice to see a game as easily accessible as America’s Army at the CPL. Should be a nice changeup for the usual CPL audience.

You can read more about it after the break:

West Point, NY (August 16, 2007) – The U.S. Army announced today that it is a primary sponsor of the upcoming Summer 2007 CPL ® Championships which will feature an America’s Army tournament. The America’s Army “bring your own computer” competition features $10,000 in cash prizes for the winners.

In addition to participating in the America’s Army $10,000 tournament, gamers can compete in other competitions on America’s Army PC game stations and America’s Army: Rise of a Soldier Xbox game stations during the four-day event. Players will also be able to get their hands on the America’s Army Future Soldier Trainer. This leading-edge simulation technology allows users to feel the recoil as they use realistic weapons armed with lasers in scenarios that range from single player training experiences to multiplayer missions adapted from the America’s Army PC game.

The America’s Army competitions are being held as part of the Summer 2007 CPL® Championships, which will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The Summer Championships offers professional and amateur gamers from all over the world a chance to compete for a total of $100,000 in cash and prizes. The championships include a number of video game competitions that are detailed at the CPL website, http://www.cplworldtour.com/?p=summer2007.

Competitors and spectators can register online or at the event. To pre-register for the America’s Army event visit http://www.caleague.com/?division=aacpl. For more information about the CPL, visit http://www.thecpl.com/.

About America’s Army Launched on July 4th 2002, America’s Army is an innovative PC action game that provides young adults with an inside perspective and a virtual role in today’s high-tech Army. Through the America’s Army game, players can take a virtual “test drive” of Soldiering in the U.S. Army from basic training to the battlefield in the Global War on Terrorism.

Since July 2002 the Army has released 23 major updates to its America’s Army game for the PC. These releases, which are available at www.americasarmy.com, feature new technologies, missions, Army units and occupations. The most recent updates are part of the America’s Army: Special Forces (Overmatch) series that focuses upon the central role Special Forces play in the Global War on Terrorism and highlights technologies that provide small U.S. Army units with the ability to overmatch much larger enemy forces. The America’s Army game also includes the America’s Army Real Heroes program that offers a glimpse into the accomplishments of Soldiers who have distinguished themselves in combat and earned citations for bravery and valor.

    About The Cyberathlete Professional League

The Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) is the world’s most recognized name in professional videogame tournaments and a pioneer in the transformation of videogame competitions to a professional sport. The Dallas, TX-based organization has produced over 60 national and international live gaming events and awarded more than $3 million in prizes since its founding in 1997. The Cyberathlete Amateur League (CAL), the CPL’s online amateur division, has 600,000 registered members and hosts year-round online tournaments for about 60 game divisions.

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