A Hip Hop Gaming League has been launched by the Global Gaming League and Snoop Doggy Dog in America.
The league which is to be played on online via Xbox Live for the Xbox360 and Snoop will serve as the league's first commissioner ensuring that matches are fair.
The inaugural season player lineup includes stars such as Proof (D12), Paul Wall, Just Blaze, Krazyie Bone of Grammy winners Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony, MLS soccer star Cobi Jones, Murs, Kaine (Ying Yang Twins), NBA Star Jalen Rose, Twista, Fredwreck, BReal of Cypress Hill, Eric V. of the Baka Boyz, and Wutang Clan founder Method Man.
Players were selected based on their reputations for top video game skills, as well as for their prominence in the hip hop community.
League matches begin online starting in March 2006 and conclude in May with a live Finals event in Las Vegas presided over by Snoop himself. At the finals event, the first ever HHGL World Champion will be crowned and awarded eternal bragging rights. Also, a substantial donation will be made to the Snoop Youth Football League on the champion's behalf.
"I'm an initiator, and this new intersection of hip hop and video gaming is something that's ready to happen", said Commissioner Snoop. "Hip hop loves video gaming, and I've been watching this develop into the next big sport. The HHGL is my way of taking it to the next level. We're going to take this thing straight over the stratosphere, and the whole world can watch and participate as people like myself - who hate to lose - put it on the line."
All HHGL players will have custom Xbox360 video game and entertainment system's professionally installed in the location of their choice (crib, tour bus, favorite club, etc), and all competition will take place over the Xbox Live network.
HHGL fans will be able to follow all the action 24-7 - including watching matches, listening in on outrageous trashtalk, viewing highlights, accessing a deep archive of video clips, tracking results and stats, and sharing their own
comments, blogs and videos - all at HHGL.com.