Origin to host Online Worlds FanFest 2001


Fans Offered Access to Latest Developments in
Ultima Online and Opportunity to Interact with Industry’s Top Creative Talent

AUSTIN, Texas, September 18, 2001 – Origin
Systems, an Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) development studio, today announced
that it will host Online Worlds FanFest 2001 on October 26 and 27 at the Austin
Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Origin Systems expects more than a thousand
die-hard computer game fans to gather at the two-day event to meet and interact
with some of the industry’s top game producers, get a glimpse into the future of
Ultima Online(tm) (UO) and socialize within the enormous UO community.

"The Online Worlds FanFest is an event that
showcases one of the most popular and longest- running online games available,
Ultima Online, and pays homage to the continuously growing community that has
flourished through participation in the game," said Ben Noel, vice president and
chief operating officer of Origin Systems. "We are excited to show UO fans what
the future of Britannia holds for them as well as provide a sneak peak into
other immersive online worlds that are in development at EA."

Industry Luminaries Share Their Views
A stellar lineup of speakers will ratchet up the excitement with presentations
of their visions on the future of online gaming. Event keynote speakers will be
Maxis Co-Founder and Chief Designer of The Sims™ Will Wright and Gordon "Tyrant"
Walton, vice president of Maxis and executive producer of The Sims Online(tm).
Other presenters will include Grammy and Emmy-winning Producer and Director Todd
McFarlane, the creator of Spawn and founder of McFarlane Toys and Spawn.com, as
well as Brett Sperry, chief creative officer at Westwood Studios and executive
producer of Earth and Beyond.

Online Worlds FanFest 2001 is also an
exciting opportunity for the UO community to gather and meet each other
in-person to celebrate their virtual-world relationships. In some cases these
virtual teammates, called guildmates, have been playing together for several

How to Register
Registration for Online Worlds FanFest 2001 is open now at

Early registration runs through September 30 and carries a discounted fee of
$129.00 per person. Beginning October 1 through October 25, the cost is $159.00
per person. Registration at the event on October 26-27 will be $200.00 per
person. The registration fee includes a two-day event pass, lunch on both days
and a t-shirt.

During the show, attendees can also
participate in a silent auction offering exclusive UO collectibles. Proceeds
from the auction will be donated to the UO-designated charity, Families of
Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

About Electronic Arts
Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.3 billion for
fiscal 2001. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide
for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts
markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA GAMES™, EA SPORTS
BIG™ and EA.COM. More information about EA’s products and full text of press
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