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SolarWinds Crowns the Ultimate Overlord in Third Annual Bracket Battle
After Five Rounds of Grueling Villain Versus Villain Warfare, SolarWinds thwack Members Declare That Darth Vader Reigns Supreme in the 2015 Villain Bracket Battle

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 04/14/15 -- SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT performance management software, today announced that all of the devious plots have been executed and many plans for world domination have been foiled as the 2015 Villains Bracket Battle comes to a close. Starting with 33 of the most infamous villains, and with nearly 7,900 votes cast by the thwack® community, only Darth Vader® is left standing as the ultimate overlord.

The third annual SolarWinds® Bracket Battle featured a March Mayhem-style competition among classic comic, horror movie and science-fiction villains. Driven purely by community votes, the Bracket Battle saw weapons wielded and spells cast, but the SolarWinds thwack community and beyond helped decide who was foiled and the one who, in the end, ruled them all.

In the final matchup, Darth Vader faced off against Loki®. In their journey to the final, both games came up against fierce competition:

  • Darth Vader used the dark side of the force to put a strangle hold on Voldemort®, Jason, Sauron® and Agent Smith on his way to the diabolical round of play
  • Loki, on the other hand, used his magical forces to thwart The Kurgen, Khan, Skeletor® and Terminator 1000 to make it to the diabolical round

In the end, however, Darth Vader won with 74 percent of the vote.

In 2016, SolarWinds Bracket Battle 4.0 will return with 33 new challengers poised for dominance. But will the 2013 winner, Spock® from Star Trek make a heroic return to defend his title or will a new genre create controversy between loyal fan-bases? Is it time for the sidekicks to face off? Stay tuned to thwack to find out more.

About SolarWinds
SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to customers worldwide from Fortune 500® enterprises to small businesses. In all of our market areas, our approach is consistent. We focus exclusively on IT Pros and strive to eliminate the complexity that they have been forced to accept from traditional enterprise software vendors. SolarWinds delivers on this commitment with unexpected simplicity through products that are easy to find, buy, use and maintain while providing the power to address any IT management problem on any scale. Our solutions are rooted in our deep connection to our user base, which interacts in our online community, thwack, to solve problems, share technology and best practices, and directly participate in our product development process. Learn more today at

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Nicole Fachet
Phone: 212.871.3950

Courtney Cantwell
Phone: 512.682.9692

Source: SolarWinds