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MatchBox360 XL– Race Driver: GRID - Exclusive!

Event: MatchBox360 XL

Date: 21st - 23rd March 2008

Venue: NEC Toute Suite, Birmingham

MatchBox360 XL are pleased to announce that gamers will have an early opportunity to try out Race Driver: GRID™, the stunning new racing game from Codemasters?, at the forthcoming MatchBox360 XL eSports tournament on 21st-23rd March at the Birmingham NEC Toute Suite.

With yet another sell out crowd expected to be in attendance at MatchBox360 XL, over 350 gamers will be amongst the first in the country to go hands-on with the this exclusive presentation of the highly-anticipated Race Driver: GRID.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Codemasters to XL, and provide the gaming community with what promises to be the first consumer appearance of the stunning Race Driver: GRID," said Chris Barnes, MatchBox360 XL Event Manager.

The all-new aggressive racer, from the creators of Colin McRae: DiRT, will feature over 90 diverse circuit configurations, ranging from classic tracks to fierce city circuits. Race Driver: GRID will give gamers an exclusive hands-on session at MatchBox360 XL:

“This is the very first kind of event Codemasters has been to and we’re really excited for gamers to test-drive Race Driver: GRID,” said George Williams, Senior Community Manager at Codemasters.“MatchBox360 XL provides the perfect platform to showcase this exceptional game and we can’t wait to see the public reaction.”

Race Driver: GRID is all about the race. Players will experience intense, incident-packed wheel-to-wheel racing with 20 car grids featuring only the most exhilarating racing cars - current and classic, circuit and drift. A world of Motorsport is brought to life as gamers compete to conquer prestigious official circuits and championships, then go beyond to take on challenging urban street races and road events. With the EGO™ Engine powering a highly advanced damage model, aggressive AI, 12 player online competition and crowds of up to 40,000 spectators roaring drivers on, Race Driver: GRID truly makes racing exciting again.

Promising an unparalleled competitive experience, where everything that can happen in a race will happen, Race Driver: GRID will be arriving this summer for the Xbox 360? video game and entertainment system from Microsoft?, the PLAYSTATION?3 computer entertainment system, Games for Windows? and Nintendo DS™.

Race Driver: GRID will be available for freeplay throughout the 3 day MatchBox360 XL weekend. Tickets are selling out fast, so if you want to test out your driving skills on the awesome new Race Driver: GRID, please purchase your tickets asap from the MatchBox360 XL Ticket Office: http://tickets.matchbox360.co.uk

For all the latest Race Driver: GRID news, including the trailer video, sign up for driver briefings online:

www.RaceDriverGrid.com

For all the latest MatchBox360 XL news and information please visit: http://www.matchbox360.co.uk

Are you ready to XL?!

Contact:

Chris Barnes

MatchBox360 XL Event Manager

Tel: +44 (0) 7977 070 596

E-mail: konspiracy@matchbox360.co.uk

About MatchBox360

MatchBox360: http://www.matchbox360.co.uk

XL Gaming: http://www.xlgaming.co.uk

MatchBox360 XL Ticket Office: http://tickets.matchbox360.co.uk

MatchBox360.co.uk is one of the fastest growing Xbox Live communities in the United Kingdom. A focused events site and XCN member, MatchBox360 revolves around its thriving forum community, and boasts an impressive membership of gamers of varying ages, gender and skill. MatchBox360 XL is the premier console eSports tournament in the UK and sets the standard for competitive console LAN events for the European gaming community.

About Codemasters

Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher ofbest-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Overlord, Clive Barker's Jericho, Race Driver, Brian Lara Cricket and Operation Flashpoint. Codemasters is headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Burbank, Calif. The company also maintains operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com

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