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EVE Online

30-day free trial bundled with Rock notebooks.

Stone, 3rd February 2009

Rock, Europe’s leading gaming laptop manufacturer, today announced a partnership with CCP, the developers of EVE Online, to provide its Notebook customers with an exclusive, 30-day free trial of leading MMO EVE Online. The EVE Online trial will come pre-installed on all Rock Notebooks sold in the February and March 2009, presenting serious gamers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in an advanced, constantly evolving game.

Set in space, tens of thousands of years in the future, the persistent universe of EVE Online features explosive warfare, a fully-fledged economy and a complex society with a class system and its own representative democracy. With more than a quarter of a million subscribers, EVE Online is a sophisticated game that requires advanced strategic gameplay to succeed. Its single-sharded world enables players to build their reputations and achieve a real legacy built on in-world fame.

“We design and manufacture some of the fastest, high-performance gaming notebooks in the world, inevitably our customer base is primarily composed of serious gamers,” says Nick Boardman of Rock. “EVE Online is just the kind of advanced, graphics-intensive game that appeals to our audience. Our partnership with CCP enables us to deliver greater value to our gaming customers.”

“With overlapping audiences, our partnership with rock is highly synergistic in that rock Notebooks run EVE Online with our graphics turned all the way up, enabling rock customers to experience the gameplay and art of EVE as it was meant to be,” says Magnús Bergsson, VP of sales, CCP. “Through this partnership, both CCP and rock will be able to further expand their audiences. We’re thrilled to work together.”

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About EVE Online

Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE Online is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. With nearly a quarter of a million subscribers worldwide inhabiting the same virtual universe, EVE features a vast player-run economy where your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. EVE offers professions ranging from commodities trader to mercenary, industrial entrepreneur to pirate, mining engineer to battle fleet commander or any combination of these and much more. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at www.eveonline.com.

Definition of Subscribers

EVE Online subscribers include individuals who have paid a subscription fee or have an active electronic time code (ETC) to play EVE Online, as well as those who have purchased the game and are within their free month of access. The above definition excludes all players under free promotional subscriptions, expired or cancelled subscriptions and expired ETCs.

About CCP

CCP is widely recognized as an industry-leading pioneer of the single-server persistent universe architecture as the developer and publisher of EVE Online, the critically-acclaimed, science fiction-based massively multiplayer online game (MMOG). Utilizing a cross-discipline approach combining cutting-edge technology and artistic excellence, CCP is dedicated to providing vibrant, compelling products that transcend the boundaries of conventional MMOGs and facilitate social networking through virtual worlds. Privately held and founded in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997, CCP’s international reach now spans the globe with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai as well as a base of operations in London. More information about CCP is available at the company’s website, www.ccpgames.com <http://www.ccpgames.com> .

About Rock

Rock, part of the Stone Group, is Europe’s leading Performance Notebook manufacturer. Rock has maintained the highest standards of notebook services for over 15 years and continues to lead the mobile computing world with the most innovative notebook technology available on the market.

In addition to continued technological innovation in the portable computing market, Rock is the only notebook manufacturer to supply a 3 year collect and return warranty on its entire notebook range as standard ensuring it offers the most comprehensive after sales service.

Rock has won multiple technology and service awards including “Best PC & Laptop manufacturer 2007”, as voted by Custom PC magazine readers.

About Stone

The Stone Group is a specialist hardware manufacturer and systems designer, specialising in the supply and support of ICT and audio-visual solutions to Schools, Colleges, Universities, Local Government, the Emergency Services, the NHS, MoD, as well as consumers.

As long-established UK hardware manufacturers, Stone Computers and Compusys have built up enviable reputations for their superior after-sales service as well as the stability and reliability of their Desktops, Laptops and Servers, earning the confidence of their customers.

Having recently acquired Rock Computers, the Stone Group now sells direct to consumers, and offers high-end business and gaming notebooks to all sectors.

As well as being awarded all major educational and public sector frameworks, the Stone Group has well-established relationships with leading manufacturers. Strong partnerships with Intel, Microsoft, LG, Seagate and Samsung ensure that all of its customers can be confident in the quality of the technology and receive the most competitive pricing structure.

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