SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 21, 2006 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers and Best Buy, North America's leading specialty
retailer of consumer electronics, announced an online video game tournament for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced WarfighterT on the Xbox 360T video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. The tournament will be facilitated by the Global Gaming League and kicks off on the Xbox LiveR
online game service April 1 and continues through May 1. Entrants must have Xbox Live Gold to participate. The two teams that make it to the finals will battle for the grand prize of a Dodge Caliber at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 11.
"Best Buy makes sure gamers have everything they need to compete online," said Jill Hamburger, vice president of video games at Best Buy. "And this
tournament has it all - phenomenal gameplay with Ghost Recon, live interaction with your opponent on Xbox Live Gold and great prizes. It's
going to be fun."
For the first three weeks of the competition, teams of two will compete against thousands of other teams as they eliminate each other for the top spot to compete in the deathmatch final. The two finalist teams will then travel to E3 and compete for the grand prize of an all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber, a sporty five-door compact car with a powerful stance that provides the functional flexibility of an SUV. The first- place winner will also receive $5,000 and the second-place winners will each receive cash prizes of $1,000.
"There is no doubt that Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is the killer game for Xbox 360 and the online tournament is a great way to
experience the game with thousands of other players in a heated competition," said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter is going to blow up on Xbox Live."
Tournament registration began March 19 and ends March 31 on www.bestbuy.com/gamingtournaments. Visit the site for more information and
About Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter:
The face of war has changed. Enemy lines blur and there is no longer a clear opponent. New enemies and new threats require a new type of warfare - a new type of soldier. Enter the Ghosts. In 2013, the U.S. Army will implement the Integrated Warfighter System (IWS), evolving what we know as the modern soldier. IWS combines advanced weapon systems, satellite communication devices and enhanced survivability into one fully integrated combat system. The IWS program has been developed to meet these new threats head on. Now, it can be tested on the battlefield. Following an insurgence in the heart of Mexico City, the U.S. Army's most elite Special Forces team is deployed to the center of the conflict to regain control of the city. Greatly
outnumbered but fully equipped with the IWS, this elite team is the first and last line of defense on the battlefield. They are the "quiet" professionals. They are the Ghosts. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for Xbox 360 and the Xbox computer and entertainment system from Microsoft is now available in stores. The PlayStationR2 computer entertainment system version will ship in late March 2006 and the WindowsR PC will be arriving in May 2006.
For more information on the tournament please visit www.bestbuy.com, www.GhostRecon.com.
About Tom Clancy:
With over 80 million books sold, Tom Clancy is arguably the world's most recognized author. His works include fiction such as The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Rainbow Six, Red Rabbit, and The Teeth of the Tiger. Clancy also writes non-fiction works
about weapons and various military units. Four of his books have already been adapted into highly successful feature films.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About Best Buy Co., Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is an innovative Fortune 100 growth company that continually strives to create superior customer experiences. Through
more than 930 retail stores across the United States and in Canada, our employees connect customers with technology and entertainment products and
services that make life easier and more fun. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related
services. A Minneapolis-based company, our operations include: Best Buy (BestBuy.com and BestBuyCanada.ca), Future Shop (FutureShop.ca), Geek Squad (GeekSquad.com and GeekSquad.ca) and Magnolia Audio Video (Magnoliaav.com). We support our communities through employee volunteerism and grants from The Best Buy Children's Foundation.
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sold separately). The Online icon is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.