TWELVE FINALISTS NAMED FOR INDIE GAME CHALLENGE;WINNERS OF MORE THAN $350,000 IN PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED FEB. 19 AT D.I.C.E. SUMM

DALLAS, Texas– (February 1, 2010)– The 12 finalists in the inaugural Indie Game ChallengeSM sponsored by the Academy of Interactive Arts&Sciences (AIAS), GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), and The Guildhall at Southern Methodist University were announced today. Details about each finalist team and their games can be found at www.indiegamechallenge.com.

The Indie Game Challenge finalists– including six non-professional and six professional teams– are eligible for more than $350,000 in prize monies and scholarships. Winners will be announced Feb. 19 at the D.I.C.E.™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort&Casino in Las Vegas. D.I.C.E. is an annual conference hosted by the AIAS dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. Hosting the awards ceremony is Adam Sessler, host of G4’s“X-Play” (weeknights at 6:30pm ET/PT), and editor-in-chief of games content for G4tv.com

In addition to monetary awards and industry recognition, all 12 finalists have the unique opportunity to pursue potential commercial avenues for their games while at D.I.C.E. AIAS is arranging private face-to-face meetings between the finalists and video game executives from such top publishers and developers as Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Microsoft, NAMCO/Bandai, THQ, Ubisoft and others. The 12 finalists include the following:

Non-Professional Category (Game/Team)

• Climb to the Top of the Castle– TwO Bros. Games

• Dreamside Maroon– Terraced

• Galactic Arms Race– Galactic Arms Race

• Gear– Team 3

• Waker– Poof Productions

• zeit2– brightside games

Professional Category (Game/Team)

• Aaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity– Dejobaan Games, LLC

• Altitude– Nimbly Games

• Cogs– Lazy 8 Studios

• Fieldrunners– Subatomic Studios

• Miegakure– Marc ten Bosch

• Vessel– Strange Loop Games

For more information on the competition and learn more about each finalist, visit www.IndieGameChallenge.com

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