American And Canadian Conquerors: Sign Up Now For A Chance To Win $50,000

AUGUST 10, 2001

AMERICAN AND CANADIAN CONQUERORS:
SIGN UP NOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $50,000

Age Of Empires II: The Conquerors
International Tournament Begins Play August 16

Gamers from the United States and
Canada who hope to cash in on the $50,000 grand prize are reminded to sign up
for The Conquerors Tournament before August 15 (USA) and August 16 (Canada). The
US tournament gets underway next Thursday, August 16 at 5 p.m. PDT. The Canadian
tournament begins the next day, August 17, at 2 p.m. PDT. Registration for
United Kingdom gamers opens on Wednesday, August 15. The official rules and
country-specific information are now available on the official tournament page
at http://zone.msn.com/conquerors/a2xpworldtourney.asp.

Each match will be played using the
following game settings:
• Game: Random Map
• Map Style: Standard
• Location: Continental
• Resources: Low
• Difficulty: Standard
• Population Limit: 200
• Starting Age: Dark Age
• Victory Condition: Standard
• Map Size: Tiny
• Reveal Map: Normal
• Game Speed: Normal
• Lock Teams: Enable
• Cheats: Disable
• All Tech: Disable
• Record Game: Enable

Fifteen countries/regions will hold
individual tournaments via the MSN Gaming Zone (http://www.zone.com),
LAN events, or local partners in August and September 2001. Each country/region
will crown a national champion who will receive prize money and represent their
home country or region in the world finals. Each of the finalists will be sent
to compete in the world finals in Redmond, Washington on October 24, 2001, which
will be hosted by Ensemble Studios’ legendary game designer Bruce Shelley, among
others. The overall value of all cash prizes is over $100,000, with the winner
of the competition taking home $50,000.

Age of Empires is one of the most
successful strategy game franchises in history, having sold over eight million
units worldwide. The series, developed by Ensemble Studios, has received
numerous awards including AIAS Strategy Game of the Year awards for Age of
Empires, Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, and The Conquerors Expansion; as well
as the prestigious AIAS PC Game of the Year for Age of Empires II: Age of Kings.
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion challenges gamers to wage war on an
epic scale with all-new civilizations, unique units and technologies, and
campaigns based on infamous conquerors such as Attila the Hun, El Cid and
Montezuma.

More information about the
Conquerors Expansion is available on the game’s official site at http://www.microsoft.com/games/conquerors/,
or on the Ensemble Studios site at http://www.ensemblestudios.com/.

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