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GAMERS CALLED TO ACTION ON GEARS OF WAR

Gamers asked to prove their Gears of War skills by taking on Cliffy B And the Epic Team in Developer Showdown event

UK, February 21st - Xbox and Epic are inviting Xbox Live gamers across Europe to test their skills playing Gears of War against Epic Games, the developer of the game! From 1900 to 2100 GMT on Saturday 24th February, the Epic team, led by Lead Designer Cliffy B and Vice President Mark Rein, will be taking on gamers from the 5 million strong Xbox Live global community.

Marcus Fenix wannabes are being asked to check their chainsaws and grab some ammo, because this is their chance to find out if they can mix it with the guys who created the game!

The battles will take place on the Old Bones and Raven Down maps, both available now for free download on Xbox Live Marketplace. Gamers who want to take part just have to add any of the GamerTags below to their Friends List (please note that Cliffy B and Mark Rein will be playing in most games), get on Xbox Live between 1900 and 2100 GMT (2000 and 2200 CET) on Saturday 24 February, then wait for the invitation to play the developers of Gears of War!

Who GamerTag

Mark Rein, Vice President EPICEMEAMR

Cliff Bleszinski, Lead Designer EPICEMEACB

Rod Fergusson, Producer EPICEMEARF

Lee Perry, Lead Level Designer EPICEMEALP

Jim Brown, Level Designer EPICEMEAJB

Dave Nash, Level Designer EPICEMEADN

Ray Davis, Lead Programmer EPICEMEARD

Joe Graf, Programmer EPICEMEAJG

Rob McLaughlin, Programmer EPICEMEARM

Pete Hayes, Artist EPICEMEAPH

Additional Epic Staff EPICEMEA01

EPICEMEA02

EPICEMEA03

EPICEMEA04

EPICEMEA05

For more information visit http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/community/calendar/developershowdown/

For further information please contact: Sinead Purcell on 020 7025 6505 or sinead.purcell@redconsultancy.com

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