2014 Scrabble® Champions Tournament Heads to London

The Prestigious Scrabble® Event Takes Centre Stage at the Inaugural 

World Mind Sports Championships 

LONDON, ENGLAND (April 15, 2014) The most accomplished and dedicated Scrabble® players from over 40 countries will descend on England’s capital this November, as London welcomes the prestigious 2014 Scrabble® Champions Tournament to the ExCeL Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Organised by Mind Sports (International) Ltd. and in association with Mattel this years’ five day tournament is set to be bigger than ever before as it takes centre stage as the headline tournament within the first ever MSI World Mind Sports Championship from November 19 – 23, 2014.

The entire Scrabble® programme includes a number of new features, such as an all-new open qualification format enabling more countries and individuals to take part in the tournament. Also for the first time, young lexicological experts will be able to compete within the same venue and schedule at the Mind Sports International Youth Scrabble Championship.

Spectators will be able to follow all of the intense Scrabble® action live at the event or from the comfort of their own homes thanks to Mind Sports International’s revolutionary RFID Scrabble® system, which will be broadcasting live with expert commentary throughout the tournament at www.mindsportstv.com

Additional tournaments including international language-specific events will take place each day, providing players of all levels and abilities, including those from non-English speaking countries to take part.  More information including the full event schedule and how to register will be available online in April following the official website launch.

As a result of the prestigious 2014 Scrabble Champions Tournament and MSI World Mind Sports Championship’s taking place in London, the UK National Scrabble Championship and all associated regional qualifiers will not be running in 2014.  Instead, players will benefit from having the opportunity to enter the major tournament by participating in National Qualifier events that will be run by Mind Sports International across the country.

The 2014 Scrabble® Champions Tournament and MSI World Mind Sports Championship will take place at the Platinum Suite, ExCeL, London from November 19 – 23, 2014. The Mind Sports International Youth Scrabble® Championship will run from November 22 – 23, 2014.

About Mattel.

The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by Ethisphere Magazine and is also ranked No. 2 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel

Scrabble® is a registered trademark.  All intellectual rights in and to the game are owned in the UK by J.W Spear and Sons Limited, a subsidiary of Mattel.

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