Thursday 5 May 2005/... NCsoft® Europe is pleased to announce that Guild Wars®, developed by ArenaNet®, has reached the number one position on the PC chart in the UK (compiled by Chart Track ® ELSPA), and is enjoying similar success across Europe.
Early indications on individual retailer charts showed that Guild Wars had gone straight to the number one spot on Play.com and SimplyGames.com. Topping the PC chart has confirmed NCsoft's success across the board in the UK. In addition, retailers Alapage.com (France), DVD.it (Italy), Webhallen.com (Germany), Amazon.de (Germany) and Amazon.fr (France) have also listed Guild Wars as their number one title.
Thanks to the ground-breaking no-subscription-fees-required olicy and unique emphasis on immediate action, not grind, Guild Wars is enjoying a level of commercial success that matches its already gathering critical acclaim.
"We are overjoyed with the success of Guild Wars in its opening weekend," says Max Brown, Sales and Operations Director, NCsoft Europe. "Our position at the number one spot on the UK PC charts is well deserved. We're rushing more Guild Wars stock into retail in order to meet the high levels of demand."
Guild Wars is an online role-playing game that rewards player skill. Players explore a rich fantasy game world, acquire skills, build personalised characters and compete in head-to-head guild battles with friends around the world.
ArenaNet has created a unique, global game world that invites players from around the world to play together seamlessly. There are no sharded servers, no language-specific versions of the game and nothing to keep players from exploring the game world with friends from other countries.
More information about Guild Wars can be found at www.guildwars.com
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ArenaNet®, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and is developing premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.
About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NC-E) is headquartered in Brighton, England and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft has already successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. NC-E began operations on 1st September 2004 and serves as a central hub for all NCsoft sales, marketing and distribution operations in Europe, via its European distribution network. NC-E launched Lineage® II in November 2004, City of HeroesTM on 4th February 2005 and Guild Wars® on 28th April 2005. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://www.plaync.com.
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