Hugh Grant has played a pivotal role in helping Exeter University Cricket club win a competition to become immortalised in the forthcoming ASHES CRICKET 2013 video game.
Grant supported the University in its bid to win the competition with the tweet, “My cricket prodigy cousin & chums at Exeter Univ need a few quick singles. (Votes not money). Please help. @EUMCC”. The post was re-Tweeted by fans and friends including by Liz Hurley, Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen.
A brilliant video captures the moment the Exeter team learn that they have won the competition, with unbridled jubilation from the team: - http://ow.ly/hUBF6
Piers Morgan also took to Twitter in the competition to lend his support to Oxford Brookes, while Gary Lineker, ex England cricketers Darren Gough and Phil Tufnell and current England batting sensation Joe Root encouraged their followers to pick a team and vote.
To drum up additional votes, Oxford Brookes turned to YouTube and posted their own version of the popular Harlem Shake meme with a link back to the Facebook page - http://ow.ly/hUBIT
With one winner coming from the UK and one from Australia, a total of 290 clubs entered with 16,245 votes cast over the allotted 2 week period. By the time the competition closed, Exeter and Macquarie emerged winners in a contest that saw 20,000 fans added to the official Facebook page. The university students will now be created as a playable team in time for the games summer release, 21 June 2013.
“Winning this competition is the stuff of dreams for any amateur cricketer,” commented Ralph Pitt-Stanley, General Manager for UK & Export at 505 Games. “It is fantastic we were able to excite so many people with this competition and really kick start the anticipation that comes with an Investec Ashes Series 2013 summer.”
Further details on ASHES CRICKET 2013 will be revealed exclusively over the coming months via the official website community forums at http://www.ashescricket2013.com/forum/ , via Facebook at /ashescricket2013 and twitter @ashescricket13.
About 505 Games Ltd.
505 Games are a global publisher of video games who publish games for all ages across multiple platforms including, Microsoft Xbox 360Ô, Sony PlayStationÒ 2, PlayStationÒ 3, PSP, Nintendo WiiÔ and DS, as well as PC and online titles. Established in 2006, 505 Games have established offices in key territories around the world to publish and distribute its library of successful titles such as ArmA II, IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, the Cooking Mama World series, Naughty Bear, Backbreaker, Zumba Fitness and Sniper Elite V2. The headquarters of 505 Games is based in Milton Keynes - UK and further offices are located in Lyon (France), Munich (Germany), Milan (Italy), Madrid (Spain) and Los Angeles (U.S.A). A further network of key distribution partners based in Nordic territories and Australia enable global distribution of 505’s titles. To see the latest releases, news and more about 505 Games go to: www.505games.co.uk
About Trickstar Games
Trickstar Games is a licensed developer with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, based in Melbourne, Australia, and produces games on all major gaming platforms including web browser, iOS and Android. Headed by Mike Fegan and Tony Parkes, who together have over 50 years’ experience in the interactive entertainment industry and have been involved in the production, publishing and distribution of over 500 games. Founded in 2009, Trickstar have developed an impressive portfolio of titles including Bafta-Nominated International Cricket 2010, Jane’s Advance Strike Fighters, Damage Inc. Pacific Squadron WWII, StuntMania, StuntMania Reloaded, Fumes: Stunt Racer and Tankz as well as BAFTA nominated, UK & Australia No.1 hit title - Ashes Cricket.
For more information about Trickstar go to www.trickstargames.com
The ECB is the single national governing body for cricket in England and Wales, and is based at Lord’s, the home of cricket. It was founded in 1997 and is responsible for the whole game – from playground to the Test arena. www.ecb.co.uk
About Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia (CA) is the governing body for cricket in Australia. Its vision is for cricket to be Australia's favourite sport. Membership of CA is made up of six state associations, each of whom have a representative on the Cricket Australia Board. The state and territory cricket associations govern cricket activity and implement Cricket Australia programs within their region. ACT Cricket and NT Cricket are non-member associations.