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Leading Game Industry Recruiter Hosts Contest for Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival

Winner Receives Conference Pass and Nokia N-Gage


Tuesday, July 12---Austin, Texas---Mary-Margaret.com, a leader in international recruitment services for the interactive entertainment industry, is pleased to announce their Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival Contest. This inaugural online contest offers a fantastic experience at the EIEF 2005 to one lucky winner.

The Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival 2005, running August 10-14 in Edinburgh, Scotland, attracts game creators and game publishers from all over the world, including the U.K., Europe, U.S. and Canada. In its third year, the EIEF 2005 will bring the interactive entertainment industry together under one roof at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, including leading companies from gaming, telecommunications and retail. .

EIEF supporter Mary-Margaret.com is sponsoring their inaugural online contest, which includes one full access pass to EIEF (Value: £195) and a Nokia N-Gage accompanied by several new top game titles. The EIEF pass includes entry to the aftershow party sponsored by Nokia N-Gage. Deadline to enter the online contest is Monday, August 1. Enter online at: http://mary-margaret.com/forms/contest_eief.html.

EIEF 2005 sponsors include Sony, Nintendo, XboxTM, BT, Nokia N-Gage, Alias, NVIDIATM and GAME amongst others. Nokia N-Gage is also sponsoring a conference session that looks at the world of mobile gaming. Key speakers and panelists are speaking on topics such as mobile gaming, the strength of narratives in gaming, convergence and more.

Special features of this year's festival include the open-to-the-public Go Play Games attraction, offering over 1,200 sq metres of action, and the Game Screening programme that will allow enthusiasts to meet the names behind the games. XboxTM is joining forces with Broadband from BT to bring XboxTM Live® to the festival, while NVIDIATM, Jolt Online Gaming and Interactive Gaming UK are flying the flag for PC gaming with a 16 player online-gaming tournament.

Mary Margaret Walker, CEO of Mary-Margaret.com, states, "Participating on the Hollywood Model panel last year with Seamus Blackley of CAA and other game industry leaders was my introduction to EIEF. Witnessing first-hand the incredible energy and fantastic presentation convinced me that we needed to come back and support EIEF as sponsors. By hosting this inaugural online contest, we're giving someone else a chance to experience this same exciting atmosphere and access to timely business intelligence from industry leaders. EIEF has something to offer for everyone involved in or interested in making or playing interactive entertainment."

The conference, Edinburgh Interactive, will be held at Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, Morrison Street in Edinburgh, Scotland on 11th and 12th August 2005. Attendance costs £195.00+ VAT and includes access to all conference sessions, the Award Ceremony, after show party sponsored by Nokia N-Gage and access to Go Play Games and the Game Screenings. To book, visit www.eief.co.uk. Early registration is available until Friday, July 15.

About Mary-Margaret.com


Mary-Margaret.com is a leading recruitment firm in entertainment software, representing top clients and creative leaders in the games software and hardware industries. With offices in Los Angeles, Boston, Austin, Washington D.C. and London, Mary-Margaret.com is continually seeking and placing highly-qualified creative, executive and technical talent for clients in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Europe.

About EIEF 2005


The Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival's aim is to increase the awareness and understanding of interactive entertainment and it's place at the heart of popular culture, highlighting the growing bond between video games and other entertainment industries notably music, literature, television and film. The Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival is managed by a committee drawn from all areas of the business, including publishers, developers and two industry trade bodies; The Independent Game Developers Association (TIGA) www.tiga.org and the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) www.elspa.com. Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian supports the Festival as part of its backing of the creative and digital industries, which are key sectors for Scotland.

For further information on EIEF 2005, please contact: Taylor Herring Brand Communications;

Andrew Campbell-Edie T: 020 8206 5151 E: andrew.campbell-edie@taylorherring.com - or -

Naomi Segal T: 020 8206 5157 E: naomi.segal@taylorherring.co.uk.

For more details regarding Mary-Margaret.com, visit our web site at www.mary-margaret.com, or contact Morgan Ogburn, ThemePark Studios, 512/916-9633 or morgan@themeparkstudios.com, for more information.


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