Sierra Announces "Empire Earth University" Contest






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Online and Stainless Steel Studios Interactive Invite Strategy Gamers to Rub
Elbows with the Industry’s Best and Brightest "Empire Earth
University" Contest Gives Chance to be a Part of an Epic in the Making


WA (March 2, 2001) -Sierra Online and Stainless Steel Studios Interactive (SSSI)
today announced that three lucky gamers will have an opportunity to hob-nob
with strategy gaming’s top talent at "Empire Earth University" (EEU),
a three-day retreat being hosted by the game’s designers to help fine-tune
their upcoming epic real-time strategy game due to be released this Summer.


the Contest Beginning today, and running until March 23rd, fans can fill out a
contest entry form at
Sierra and SSSI will select three lucky entrants among those who apply to
attend EEU in April. Each winner will receive a $500 Best Buy gift certificate
in addition to the all-expenses paid trip to SSSI headquarters in Cambridge,
Massachusetts and the chance to play Empire Earth with elite real-time
strategy players.

Empire Earth University Recognizing the need to create a game that appeals to
many different types of gamers, SSSI has invited 27 of real-time strategy
gaming’s best and brightest stars to EEU. From Age of Empires(r) tournament
champions, to award-winning Starcraft scenario designers, these gamers will
converge upon SSSI’s headquarters to get an exclusive hands-on preview of
Empire Earth. Participants will play both single and multiplayer scenarios,
take part in tournaments and speak to the game’s designers in two weekend
sessions in April.


include: Brian "Kleitus" Noonan – An original member of the famous
Age of Empires’ Clan Shai’tan, Brian’s team dominated their competition and
held first place for half a year on the Age of Empires team ladder.
Additionally, Brian maintained a top-ten standing in MSN Gaming Zone singles
play and he won first place in the Ultimate Ager Tournament. Brian has
published Age of Empires strategy guides at and is currently a
member of the Empire Earth Multiplayer Strike Team.


"The Rasher" Dillman – Jason is a talented and highly-rated scenario
designer who was a finalist in both the Rise of Rome Campaign Design Contest
and the Mongolian Campaign Design Contest, each sponsored by the Age of
Empires Heaven web site. He later won a Scenario Design Contest sponsored by Jason is a member of Empire Earth’s Scenario Design Strike Team,
which is a group of professional gamers who are helping to develop, design,
and create Empire Earth’s single player campaigns.


"Jinx" Jenkins – Though Ronnie started playing Age of Kings well
after its release, he quickly established a name for himself by reaching a
2,000 rating on the MSN Gaming Zone. He followed up this feat with a
first-place finish at the BattleTop tournament in New York, earning $4,000.

Empire Earth Empire Earth is an epic real-time strategy (RTS) game that covers
500,000 years of human history, from the discovery of fire to the laser
battles of the future. Each player takes control of a fledgling civilization
and strives to forge the greatest of all empires. Rick Goodman, Lead Designer
of the acclaimed game Age of Empires, is poised to catapult the RTS genre into
a bold new era.


Backgrounds Stainless Steel Studios, Inc. headquartered in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, is a game design and development organization. Founded in 1998
by Rick Goodman, lead designer of Microsoft’s Age of Empires, SSSI will
produce advanced real-time strategy titles for the new millennium. Goodman was
the winner of the 1998 Computer Game Developer Conference’s "Annual
Achievement Award for Game Design and Development."


On-Line, Inc. is
one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive
entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is a division of Havas
Interactive, Inc., a global leader in interactive content, and is one of the
world’s largest publishers of education, entertainment and home productivity
software. Its divisions, Blizzard Entertainment(r), Coktel, Knowledge
Adventure(r), Sierra(tm) and are famous for releasing
critically acclaimed and award winning titles. Havas Interactive has
operations in the US and in Europe and is a subsidiary of Havas, the
publishing and information division of Vivendi, a world leader in mass market
multimedia communications.


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