Prepare for Battle in The Official European Halo® 3 Tournament Sponsored By Samsung TV

LONDON - 25th February 2008– Microsoft® today announced the Official European Halo 3 Tournament Sponsored By Samsung TV as a chance for Xbox 360™ gamers from various countries across Europe to show their Halo 3 skills and be rewarded with some amazing prizes, including exclusive Halo 3 artwork, the new Samsung Crystal Design 40” Series 6 FHD TV and a brand new Xbox 360 Elite.

From today, all gamers need to do to sign up is head to the Xbox LIVE Dashboard, click on The Official Halo 3 European Tournament Sponsored By Samsung adverts, and download the exclusive free GamerPic.

Once gamers are registered, open play runs from 18th to 30the March. Entrants will need to perform on the three game modes that make up The Official European Halo 3 Tournament sponsored by Samsung TV Xbox LIVE Playlist– Slayer, King of the Hill and Oddball.

At the end of open play, the top ranked player from each European country will be crowned Halo 3 National Champion and will be rewarded with a piece of exclusive framed Halo artwork. They will also qualify for the European Final, where the top ranked players from across Europe will clash in a one-off Xbox LIVE match to decide who is truly legendary.

For more information and terms and conditions please visit www.Xbox.com/Halo3Tournament from 25th February 2008.

-Ends-

Notes to editors:

For press information, please contact:

Nik Thakkar / 020 7208 7287 / nik_thakkar@jcpr.com

Neil Watts / 020 7208 7242 / neil_watts@jcpr.com

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is a superior video game and entertainment system delivering the best games, unique entertainment features and a unified online gaming network that revolve around gamers. Xbox 360 has a portfolio of more than 300 games in nearly 40 countries. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/xbox360.

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox and Xbox 360 video game systems, the Windows operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows ( http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as“Age of Empires,”“Flight Simulator” and“Zoo Tycoon”; Xbox and Xbox 360 ( http://www.xbox.com), including such games as“Gears of War” and franchises such as“Halo,”“Fable,”“Project Gotham Racing” and“Forza Motorsport”; and MSN Games ( http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as“Bejeweled” and“Hexic.”

About Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE is the first and most comprehensive unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy for people to find the friends, games and entertainment they want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox LIVE connects millions of members across 26 countries to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, downloadable games via Xbox LIVE Arcade, free and premium playable game demos, music videos, TV shows and movies in the United States as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favourite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live.

About Xbox LIVE Arcade

Xbox LIVE Arcade on Xbox 360 is the premier destination for digitally distributed high-definition games. Xbox LIVE Arcade is a fast-growing phenomenon with a diverse library of originaldevelopment and classic titles from the world’s best independent and established developers and publishers. With a dynamically updated library and free trials for every title, Xbox LIVE Arcade makes it easy for every type of gamer— from casual to hard-core— to get instantly immersed in the fun. Xbox LIVE Arcade also lets friends connect and play these incredible games either from the same room or from around the world via the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/livearcade.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq“MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass on Microsoft’s corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx.


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.