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CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE ANNOUNCED

ELSPA and Ladbrokes Reveal Winner Of Festive Retail Battle

Tuesday 20 December 2005/... As the festive frenzy of Christmas shopping comes to a climax for another year, ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association and Ladbrokes, the UK's favourite bookmaker, have today announced the coveted UK Christmas games Top 10.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted claims the top spot of the All Formats chart, marking an unprecedented third year in first place for Electronic Arts, despite ferocious competition from big film licences, sequels to other popular franchises and next generation hardware launches.

Roger Bennett, director general, ELSPA commented that: "This is truly astonishing for Electronic Arts. To win two Christmas number ones in a row is a remarkable achievement, but three consecutive number ones is incredible, especially with so many strong brands and titles in contention for this year's chart."

David McMorrow, Marketing Manager at Ladbrokes added that: "Betting has been very strong since the initial odds were announced. Need for Speed: Most Wanted emerged as a favourite early on and despite competition from King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and Call of Duty 2, has held its own and repeated the remarkable success of its predecessor."

The full Christmas computer and videogames chart:

1. Need for Speed: Most Wanted - EA (PEGI 3+)

2. King Kong: Official Game of the Movie - Ubisoft (PEGI 12+)

3. Call of Duty 2: Big Red One - Activision (BBFC 15)

4. FIFA 06 - EA (PEGI 3+)

5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - EA (PEGI 7+)

6. Pro Evolution Soccer 5 - Konami (PEGI 3+)

7. Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - Buena Vista Games (BBFC PG)

8. Star Wars: Battlefront II - Lucasarts (PEGI 12+)

9. True Crime: New York City - Activision (BBFC 18)

10. The Sims 2 - EA (PEGI 12+)

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, ®2005 ELSPA (UK) Ltd.

EDITORS NOTES

About ELSPA - http://www.elspa.com

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.

For further information on ELSPA or to arrange interviews, please contact:

EMMA COWIE

BARRINGTON HARVEY

Tel: 01462 456780

Fax: 01462 456781

Email: emma.cowie@bhpr.co.uk

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