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C I Host Sponsors Top-Seeded Clan In Cyberathlete Professional League To
Trigger Interest In December Launch Of GameVault Gaming Network
[22nd December 2003]

"say Wat?"

BEDFORD, TX (December 22, 2003) - "More and more people want to 'bust a cap' in somebody's head," said Christopher Faulkner, the often outspoken CEO of C I Host. "What I mean is, the popularity and huge business growth of on-line gaming probably is relative to stress and the resulting need for escapism .Ooh, and because it is really fun and habit-forming."

Recognizing the sector's profitability, C I Host, a global leader in Web hosting, Internet infrastructure and software development, is sponsoring a team or "clan" competing in The Cyberathlete Professional League Pentium® 4 Processor Winter 2003 Championship. The competition takes place at the Dallas Hyatt Regency hotel, this week through Saturday.

C I Host will unveil GameVault, a full-scale gaming network by the end of December and predicts the CPL team sponsorship will trigger interest in the emminent launch.

C I Host's sponsored team, "Clan Wat?," is top-seeded in the Halo competition, therefore drawing a bye in round one. Clan Wat? consists of eight players: NauCe, Do-X, Rage, Kron, GRYP, Stickgod, Carnage and FireBlade. Halo, played on-line with optimum speed Internet connections or on LANs for head-to-head matchups, is a first-person shooter/sci-fi action game. Capture the Flag (CTF) is the most popular mode to play.

CounterStrike, also hugely successful at the competition, is a team-oriented game derived from the HalfLife game. Counter-Strike provides the player with an experience that a trained counter-terrorist unit experiences.

"Thirty-two teams compete in the winter CPL Halo Tournament, vying for a $30,000-prize. Clan Wat? also has a CounterStrike and Call of Duty division. They have played in 25 tournaments in the last four years. The team is compiled from the Chicagoland area and East Coast, featuring students and various "techie" professionals who have played together for five years"

"C I Host wants to be increasingly branded in the minds of the computer generation. Having a team at CPL is like going to ground zero and joining ranks with the opinion leaders of a movement. . Yet another no-brainer for our trademark guerilla marketing," Faulkner quipped.

Faulkner's C I Host has received media attention around the world for it's outlandish branding stunt, the actual tattooing of the company logo on the head of "The Human Billboard."

--About C I Host--

C I Host (www.cihost.com), based in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, is a Web hosting and Internet solutions provider, domain name registrar (DNR) and application service provider (ASP) serving 200,000 individual consumers and businesses in 182 countries worldwide.

C I Host creates business-class Web hosting solutions for the small- and medium-enterprise (SME) market, with the broadest portfolio of managed hosting and value-added services in the industry. C I Host is accredited by ICANN to register domain names.

C I Host is HIPAA-compliant and has passed the SAS70 audit.

C I Host has been ranked #1 in speed by the Adoloma Web Hosting Guide. C I Host has been consistently ranked among the Top 5 Web hosting companies out of 16,000 around the globe by c|net's Ultimate Web Host List, HostPulse, WebHostsOnline.com and HostChart.com. C I Host was named among the Top 25 Web hosting companies by HostIndex.com.

C I Host offers turn-key services ranging from initial domain name registration to custom dedicated servers for e-commerce on today's Web. The company offers innovative packages and services to the Internet community.

C I Host operates three diverse data centers across the United States, with its main facility and Network Operations Center in Bedford, Texas. C I Host also has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and London.

All telco-grade, tier-1 data centers are wholly owned and operated by C I Host and consist of redundant diesel generator backups and a temperature-controlled secure environment with fully redundant UPS capability. All server hardware is fully tested and configured for optimal performance. Daily Web server backups and full fire protection guard against any data loss. To deliver speed and reliability, C I Host's servers are connected to two OC-12 fiber connections, five DS-3 and two OC-3 lines from five diverse Internet backbones for a total of more than 2.6 Gigabits of
available bandwidth.


Editorial Contact:

D. Kent Pingel
Public Relations Director
C I Host
888-868-9931 ext. 7006



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