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All Change At The Top For The Christmas Video Game Number One

Betting intensifies as new favourite emerges

Monday 5 December 2005/...ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association, today announced in association with Ladbrokes that a new favourite has taken the lead in the annual betting on the Christmas number one spot in the Chart-Track computer and video games chart.

The previous favourite, Buena Vista's The Chronicles of Narnia has slipped to 6/1, with Electronic Arts' Need for Speed: Most Wanted now priced at evens for the top spot, as punters place their bets on the urban racing sequel repeating the yuletide success of its 2004 predecessor.

Roger Bennett, director general, ELSPA noted that: "We never fail to be surprised by the title that finally takes the Christmas number one spot. Year on year, it's been a game from the main pack that's come from behind to take the win. Even though we have a clear favourite at the moment, everything could change over the next three influential weeks, when Christmas shopping truly takes off."

David McMorrow, retail marketing manager for Labrokes adds: "Most of the action so far has been on Need For Speed: Most Wanted and the price has been cut to even money as a result. As more people place their bets on EA's racing sequel, the price could be cut even further. However, Crazy Frog Racer has also been popular in the betting and punters can still get 10/1 on it taking the number one psot this Christmas. It would also be foolish to rule out a movie title taking the top prize with Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and King Kong all currently priced at 6/1 co-second favourites."

The full list of this year's contenders includes:

Title Publisher S/P PEGI Rating
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Electronic Arts evens 3+
Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire Electronic Arts 6/1 7+
King Kong Ubisoft 6/1 12+
The Chronicles of Narnia Buena Vista Games 6/1 7+
Crazy Frog Racer Ubisoft 10/1 3+
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Activision 16/1 BBFC 15
Prince of Persia 3 Ubisoft 16/1 16+
FIFA 06 Electronic Arts 20/1 3+
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 Konami 20/1 3+
The Sims 2 Electronic Arts 20/1 12+
Half-Life 2 Electronic Arts 25/1 16+
Civilisation 4 2k Games 33/1 12+
Eye Toy 3 SCEE 33/1 3+
Football Manager 2006 Sega 33/1 3+
GTA - Liberty City Stories Rockstar 33/1 BBFC 18
Project Gotham Racing 3 Microsoft 33/1 3+
Resident Evil 4 Capcom 33/1 BBFC 15
Singstar 80s SCEE 33/1 3+
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Lucasarts 33/1 12+
True Crime: New York City Activision 33/1 BBFC 18
WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2006 THQ 33/1 16+
50 Cent - Bulletproof Vivendi Universal 33/1 BBFC 18
Spongebob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, Pants. THQ 50/1 3+

Prices correct at time of writing and subject to change.

Ladbrokes Rules apply.

Combined multi-format sales will count in the week running up to 18th December.

Ladbrokes will take the final result from ELSPA/Chart-Track.

These prices will be available shortly through Ladbrokes shops, over the phone and at www.ladbrokes.com

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ELSPA (The Entertainment & Leisure Software Publishers Association) was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the computer and video games industry. Membership includes almost all companies concerned with the publishing and distribution of interactive leisure software in the UK.

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