Registration now open for the World Championship 2008.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in collaboration with Major League Gaming (MLG) is excited to share with you all today that the Metal Gear Online World Championship 2008 is now open for registration and play, on MLG's gamebattles.com site ( http://www.gamebattles.com/konami ), for the North American Qualifier tournament. The top two teams from the North American Qualifier will participate in the Metal Gear Online World Championship 2008 finals in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo Game Show, along with an $8,000 cash prize pool, and other prizes. Please go to GameBattles.com/Konami to register for the Metal Gear Online World Championship 2008, but hurry, the North American Qualifier will conclude on September 8, 2008.

Taking place at Tokyo Game Show this October, the Metal Gear Online World Championship 2008 pits the best teams from around the world against each other for the chance to win worldwide recognition at one of the videogame industry's most prestigious events.

The Metal Gear Online World Championship 2008 will consist of the best players in North America, Europe, Japan, and Korea/Greater Asia. The top teams from the regional qualifiers in the territories will win trips to the Metal Gear Online World Championship 2008 finals at the Tokyo Game Show.

Additionally, Konami announced the first Metal Gear Online expansion packs - Gene Expansion and Gene Expansion Plus -- were available for download beginning July 17. Available for $11.99, Gene Expansion will contain a vast amount of new content including new maps, special characters, reward points, online shopping, the ability to play as a female character, and more. Available for $14.99, Gene Expansion Plus includes everything in the Gene Expansion pack with the addition of an extra character slot.

For the official contest logo, please visit our media download section on our website at: http://www.konami-data.com/pr/index.php

ABOUT METAL GEAR ONLINE

Metal Gear Online is the ultimate squad based, tactical shooter, based on the Metal Gear Solid Universe. Players can immerse themselves in this next-gen multiplayer experience with various maps, game play types and weapons to choose from. Create your own character and level them up, you can also take on the role of your favorite Metal Gear Solid characters in special modes. Metal Gear Online is a multiplayer experience that is part of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Media Contact:

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Jay Boor

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jb27786@konami.com


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