“GAMERIOT” expands titles, tourney and pavilion for SUMMER AND FALL 2004 tour
With Great New Titles, an Exclusive Hardcore Team Tournament and Increased Gaming Area, World’s Largest Traveling Video Games Festival Offers the Ultimate in Entertainment and Fun for Gamers
(Los Angeles, CA) – September 1, 2004 – Games Media Properties, a leading creator of video game entertainment and media, today announced that GameRiot, the world’s largest traveling video games festival and competition, has expanded its offering to include a hardcore team tournament, increase its gaming area, and present the industry’s hottest new titles, “Star Wars Battlefront”, “ESPN NBA 2K5”, “ESPN NHL 2K5”, “Burnout 3: Takedown” and “Dead or Alive Ultimate”. GameRiot offers casual to hardcore gamers the chance to “be the first to play” new and unreleased titles in a high intensity, stimulating multimedia environment with prizes, free giveaways and the fabulous GameRiot Girls!
“GameRiot’s Summer 2004 Tour has been an amazing success, and this new expansion creates the ultimate experience for gamers around the country,” said Matthew Ringel, Executive Producer of GameRiot and President of Games Media Properties. “We’ve assembled a group of the industry’s hottest unreleased titles, and the hardcore tournament adds even more excitement to the mix. In fact, the tour’s been so successful, we’ve even had to create a bigger tent!”
The hardcore team tournament will be staged at exclusive GameRiot locations, including Washington, DC; Norfolk, VA; Spartanburg, SC; and Dallas, TX. At each event, six teams of six players each will compete on the games “Unreal Tournament” and “FarCry”. Exciting prizes from GameRiot sponsors will be awarded at each stop to the highest scoring teams. To accommodate the competition and provide even more room for gamers around the country, GameRiot has created a new, larger tent that is capable of being contracted, expanded and reconfigured into a multitude of configurations to meet the particular demands of specific sites, or specific competitions.
Additionally, the tour’s new titles represent some of the most highly anticipated games in the industry.
“Star Wars Battlefront”, which will be released on September 21st, day and date with the Star Wars Trilogy DVD set, will be played on networked terminals at GameRiot, allowing for competitive play. The game lets players face off in the most memorable Star Wars battles set in over 16 environments across 10 diverse planets, utilizing over 20 different soldier types from four factions: Rebel Alliance, Imperial Army, Clone Army and Droid Army.
“ESPN NHL 2K5” comes with improved player control, an all-new fighting engine and lightning fast gameplay that truly captures the feel and pace of NHL-caliber hockey.
“ESPN NBA 2K5” features the smoothest and most realistic graphics, improved artificial intelligence and all kinds of new camera angles.
In “Burnout 3: Takedown”, players race, crash and grind their way through oncoming traffic with an innovative special effects engine.
For “Dead or Alive Ultimate”, improved graphics, faster gameplay, over 21 new and revamped stages, and seven online modes take 3D online fighting to the extreme.
These games join other exclusive, unreleased titles on the tour, including “Men of Valor”, “Mech Assault 2: Lone Wolf”, “Jade Empire”, “Kameo: Elements of Power”, “Leisure Suit Larry”, “Red Ninja”, “Sid Meier’s Pirates” and “Forza Motorsport”.
GameRiot was launched in the summer of 2003 when it toured the country with Lollapalooza. Having now appeared in over 45 cities with 105,000 attendees to date, GameRiot expects over 200,000 attendees during the 2004 Summer and Fall Tour alone. A full list of tour dates and ticket information can be found at www.gameriot.com.