Grapevine, Texas and Brisbane, Calif., November 13, 2006 - SouthPeak Interactive, a leading independent videogame publisher, and IGN.com, a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets, announced today that IGN.com is sponsoring an original character creation contest for Monster Madness: Battle For Suburbia. Beginning November 13th, contestants can submit their original design of a monster, complete with super powers and weapons, for the chance to be incorporated in the final version of the game for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows. Monster Madness: Battle For Su
burbia is expected to be released in spring 2007.To enter, interested participants can visit IGN.com through December 1 and submit their monstrous creation, including a detailed written description. Submissions of the actual image of the monster character must be a JPEG, PDF, or GIF file. Winners will be selected by a panel including members from IGN.com, SouthPeak Interactive, Artificial Studios and Reverb Communications.
Five contestants will be selected to win prizes supplied by IGN.com. The grand prize winner may have their winning monster character submission featured in the final version of Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia with their name credited in the game's manual, along with a 32" LCD high definition plasma TV, Xbox 360, a copy of the game for the Xbox 360 (upon release). The second prize winner will receive a laptop, Windows version of the game (upon release), and the third, fourth and fifth place winners will each receive a $100 Visa gift card and an Xbox 360 and Windows version of the game (upon release).
"We are excited to be working closely with IGN on this contest," said Katie Morgan, Executive Vice President of SouthPeak Interactive. "The contest for Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia is a very unique opportunity for skillful contestants to demonstrate their imagination and creativity for the chance to win some compelling prizes."
Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia, developed by Artificial Studios, is an innovative third-person shooter that provides both a compelling single-player experience for up to 4 players per system, and up to 16-player competitive combat. Gamers will be able to slash, shoot and drive through a menagerie of monsters in the campaign mode, or take the battle online for networked cooperative gameplay.
For a full description on the contest rules, regulations and judging criteria, please visit microsites.ign.com/monstermadness.
About SouthPeak Interactive
SouthPeak Interactive, LLC has been publishing and distributing entertainment software since 1996.Recognizing the market need for an independent publisher, SouthPeak is focusing on marketing games for all popular game platforms from top-notch developers. Leveraging its outstanding distribution experience and retail strength, SouthPeak is currently launching new game titles in Europe and North America.
For more information on SouthPeak Interactive, please visit www.southpeakgames.com
About Artificial Studios
Artificial Studios is a game development studio dedicated to the adept production of technologically advanced and innovative titles. Having previously developed the Reality Engine, a total middleware solution for games using DirectX-powered graphics, Artificial is now focused on next-generation game development using the latest in graphics, networking, and physics technologies.
For more information on Artificial Studios, please visit www.artificialstudios.com.
IGN Entertainment, a unit of Fox Interactive Media, Inc., is a leading Internet media and services provider focused on the videogame and entertainment enthusiast markets. Collectively, IGN's properties reached more than 30 million unique users worldwide in the month of August 2006, according to Internet audience measurement firm comScore Media Metrix.* IGN's network of videogame-related properties (IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, Direct2Drive and others), is the web's number one videogame information destination and attracts one of the largest concentrated audiences of young males on the Internet. IGN also owns and operates the popular movie-related website, Rotten Tomatoes and one of the leading male lifestyle websites, AskMen.com. In addition, IGN pro vides technology for online game play in videogames. IGN is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S. and in Montreal.
About Xbox 360 and Windows
Xbox 360 and Windows are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Xbox ( http://www.xbox.com/) is Microsoft's future-generation video game system that delivers the most powerful games experience ever. Xbox empowers game artists by giving them the technology to fulfill their creative visions as never before, creating games that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Xbox is now available in North America at the suggested retail price of $299.99*.
*Reseller prices may vary.
Reverb Communications, Inc.