Battle to Save Earth on Xbox Live in First Ever Global Halo 2 Online Tournament

Battle to Save Earth on Xbox Live
in First Ever Global Halo 2 Online Tournament

U.S. portion of worldwide contest
kicks off to crown Xbox Live Halo 2 World Champion

Halo 2 fans from all corners of the
globe will get the chance to compete in the world’s largest battle for Earth
yet. Contestants from Xbox Live’s 24 regions will vie for the honor of being
named Xbox Live™ Halo 2® World Champion.

The global contest is currently
underway, with the GameStop-sponsored United States competition kicking off
during the week of May 2nd with regional qualifying rounds. The worldwide finals
will be played in June, culminating in the naming of the first ever Xbox Live
World Champion. Never before have all 24 Xbox Live regions — such as Japan, New
Zealand, France and Norway – participated in one global tournament event. The
Xbox Live Halo 2 World Champion will be decided by a double elimination ladder.
The U.S. qualifying round will be played in the “Rumble Pit” match setting
within Halo 2. Please see
www.Xbox.com
  for more details about this worldwide tournament.

Contestants 18 years and older can
register at GameStop stores nationwide or at
www.GameStopStores.com
Registration for this worldwide tournament begins Tuesday, April 26. The
GameStop-sponsored U.S. National Champion will play online in the worldwide
finals in June.

Halo 2 is one of the highest-rated
and top-selling video games of all time, with more than 6.7 million copies sold
since November 2004. It was also one of the most profitable entertainment
initiatives of the past year, pre-selling 1.5 million copies and taking in more
than $125 million in its first 24 hours of release. As Xbox Live continues to
redefine online gaming, Halo 2 features superior online multiplayer
capabilities, evidenced by the fact that Xbox Live gamers have logged a
record-breaking 220 million hours playing Halo 2 since its launch.

All 24 Xbox Live regions are in the
process of crowning their own Halo 2 champion through regional and local
competitions right now. Once crowned, those champions will have a guaranteed
spot in the final round in June and battle each other over Xbox Live from their
home countries for the title of Xbox Live Halo 2 World Champion. Regional
winners will receive a limited edition half-size Master Chief statue, a
personalized Xbox Live Halo 2 Championship sweatshirt and country champion
plaque, a Samsung Camcorder, and $500 in cash. The global champion will receive,
in addition to the regional prize package, a 50′ Samsung Flat Screen DLP HDTV, a
Samsung DVD Player/Recorder, and personalized Xbox Live Halo 2 World Champion
trophy featuring a 24k gold Halo 2 game disc, and $1,500 in cash.

A new frontier in imagination and
extraordinary interaction, no one else offers the richness of online gameplay
found on Xbox Live. The world’s only unified global online console games
service, Xbox Live is continuously innovating to provide members with
unparalleled experiences. This unique service unites gamers together in a
dynamic community where they can experience the best online games, exclusive
programming and continuous downloadable content. Xbox Live launched in the
United States in November 2002 and is available in 24 countries. Please visit
http://www.xbox.com/liv  for more
information.

Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/) is
Microsoft’s future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful
games experiences ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology
to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the
lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America,
Japan, Europe and Australia.

Bungie Studios was founded in 1991
with two goals: to develop games that combine brilliant technology, beautiful
art, intelligent stories and deep gameplay, and then sell enough of those games
to achieve its real goal of total world domination. Over the past 10 years it
has produced games such as the Marathon Trilogy and the first two Myth games,
hailed as classics by critics and gamers around the world. Released in 2001,
Halo: Combat Evolved has achieved phenomenal success on the Microsoft® Xbox
video game system and is also available for the PC.