Age of Empires® III: The Asian Dynasties $3K Tournament Takes Over iGames

MEDIA ALERT

Cash Prizes for the Best Gamers, PLUS Special Giveaways

WHAT:

Leading game center organization iGames will host a special online tournament for Age of Empires® III: The Asian Dynasties, the latest chapter in the acclaimed RTS series, published by Microsoft Game Studios and developed by Big Huge Games and Ensemble Studios.

WHEN&WHERE:

Saturday and Sunday, December 22-23, online and at 16 select iGames centers

PRIZES + FREE STUFF:

The Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties $3K Tournament is a 1-v-1 competition featuring $3,000 in CASH prizes for players. Gamers will be able to compete from any of the Official 16 Game Centers, or from anywhere else over the Internet.

Players who compete from an Official Game Center location will receive an Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties t-shirt. The competition features a prize pool of $3,000 in CASH to be distributed among the finalists:

1st: $750

2nd: $500

3rd: $350

4th: $250

5th-6th: $150

7th-8th: $125

9th-16th: $75

Saturday - Single Elimination (Max of 128 Players), until only 8 players remain. The 8 players will advance to Sunday for Double-Elimination finals.

ABOUT THE GAME:

Prepare yourself to experience Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties - the next chapter in the acclaimedAge of Empires III series from Big Huge Games and Ensemble Studios.

The Asian Dynasties brings the triumph and turmoil of some of history's greatest Asian civilizations to stunning life. Wielding the symbolic power of immense Wonders of the world, lead the armies of China, India or Japan in a struggle for dominance against the European powers, or against each other. Crush opponents with ranks of new military units, such as the Chinese Flame Thrower, the Indian Siege Elephant, or the fierce Japanese Shogun. Or play the role of master diplomat, and befriend your allies at the Consulate, biding your time and building a force of foreign weaponry that will topple your enemies. In Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties, players use the might of the East to bring the world to its knees.

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties adds three new civilizations, 15 monumental Asian Wonders, the new Export resource, new random maps, three five scenario-campaigns that feature all new Age of Empires III characters, Eastern native tribes, and a wealth of exciting new Home City content.

Explore, conquer and extend your empire as you clash with the invaders on the battlefield and drive them into the sea!

Features:

• Playable Asian Civilizations

Command one of three fierce Asian civilizations: the Indians, the Chinese or the Japanese each with its own unique armies led by powerful warrior Monks, Daimyo, Mansabdars and other special units

• Exciting New Single Player Campaigns

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties introduces thrilling new stories into the popular Age of Empires III mythology. Play through three new mini campaigns with new heroes and villains who find themselves in the midst of some of Asia's most pivotal historical events, both factual...and fictional.

• New Ways to Play Age of Empires III

With the addition of Wonders of the world and the new Export resource, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties injects an intriguing level of depth to existing Age of Empires III strategy. If used wisely, these new features can mean the difference between rousing a victory or a humiliating defeat.

• An Immersive World

Players will explore an exotic Asian setting over 11 new Random Maps, three new Home Cities, and interactions with new native civilizations, all while battling opponents in new game modes, including King of the Hill, Regicide, and Treaty No-Blockade.

Age of Empires® III: The Asian Dynasties for Windows is rated“T” for“Teen” by the ESRB and comes with a MSRP of $29.99. For more information about the title, visit: http://www.ageofempires3.com/asiandynasties.

For more information and a complete list of iGames game centers hosting this event, including signup information, visit http://www.igames.org/asiandynasties or contact the iGames events team at events@igames.org.

About iGames

iGames, Inc. offers a wide range of services to help independent and franchised game centers. iGames’ mission is to promote and develop the growth of the game center industry. Its services unite game centers with the goal of establishing them as the driving force enabling the interactive entertainment industry to become the number one form of entertainment around the world. iGames has established strong relationships with industry leaders to provide a wide variety of products, services and programs to member game centers and gamers including software licensing, hardware discounts, exclusive game premieres, tournaments, and game nights. Today the company counts well over 500 centers and 1.2 million gamers, initiating and co-organizing more than 200 events a year. To learn more about iGames, go to www.igames.org.

Media Contact:

Bill Lessard / iGames / wlessard@igames.org / 914.476.6089

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