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Mary-Margaret announces "Upgrade to Next Gen" Contest Winners

Three lucky winners to enjoy GDC 2007 in San Francisco


Thursday, February 15---Austin, Texas--- Mary-Margaret, a leader in international recruitment services for the interactive entertainment industry, today announced that Brian Marinari (VIP Winner), Rich Wilson (Giga Winner) and Teagen Densmore (Mobile Winner) were randomly selected as this year's winners of the company's GDC 2007 "Upgrade to Next Gen" Contest.

As sponsors of the "Upgrade to Next Gen" contest, Mary-Margaret takes pleasure in awarding each winner a prize package valued at over $3500 apiece. And if VIP, Giga and Mobile passes to GDC07 weren't enough, winners will also enjoy a two night stay at The Mosser ( www.themosser.com), a historic boutique hotel conveniently located one block from the Moscone Convention Center, plus an abundance of must-have software, courtesy of The Guildhall at SMU, NCsoft, and Iron Lore Entertainment. In addition, the VIP Prize winner will also receive an Alienware PC from Xfire.

VIP Prize Winner Brian Marinari, a senior game engineer in Baltimore, shares, "I'm thrilled about this chance to attend GDC. The opportunity to meet industry peers and exchange ideas in an open environment is very exciting to me. There's no game industry event I'd rather attend!"

Giga Prize Winner Rich Wilson, a game designer in Austin, said, "Thanks to Mary-Margaret I can cavort with my colleagues in San Francisco instead of merely drooling over sound bytes and conference proceedings at my desk."

Mobile-Plus Prize Winner Teagen Densmore, a software engineer in Seattle, enthusiastically adds, "This is my fourth year in the game industry and the first time I will be attending GDC. I'm excited to learn more about game design and the business of games... and go to the parties."

Returning once again to San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, GDC 2007 is the world's largest industry-only event where one can exchange ideas, be inspired, and advance the art of game creation. In addition, with the innovative features enabled through next-gen consoles, as well as the growth of the diversification in videogame play, attendees now have the power to seize the market.

"The Game Developer's Conference is the most important event of the year for anyone who is serious about their career in game development." said Mary Margaret Walker, President and CEO of Mary-Margaret. "GDC has grown with the industry and continues to be focused on learning, growth, development and the future of gaming. Mary-Margaret extends a special thanks to CMP and all of the companies who contributed to make this contest and our prize packages so fabulous."

12,500 Attendees are expected at the Game Developers Conference 07. In an effort to accommodate its expanding attendance base, GDC is relocating to San Francisco for the long-term and will now occupy both the Moscone Convention Center's North and West halls. This move will also allow for space to include fresh new exhibits, such as the all-new Game Demo Theatre. For more information on GDC 2007, please visit www.gdconf.com.

About Mary-Margaret.com


Mary-Margaret is a leader in professional recruitment for the global interactive entertainment industry. We focus on providing a superior level of service to clients and job candidates. Mary-Margaret has access to an expansive network of qualified talent at all levels. With a decade-long track record, the world's top entertainment companies in games, mobile, film and internet look to us.

About CMP Technology


CMP Technology is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP Media has earned the confidence of more professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight, and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media ( www.unitedbusinessmedia.com), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

About Xfire


In April of 2006, Xfire was acquired by Viacom. Viacom is one of the leading global entertainment content companies, with prominent and respected brands in focused demographics. Offering programming and content for television, motion pictures and digital platforms, Viacom's world-class brands include MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land, Logo and more than 120 networks around the world), BET Networks, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment, DreamWorks and Famous Music. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at www.viacom.com

About The Guildhall at SMU


The Guildhall at SMU is a unique game development education program offered in Dallas by the Hart eCenter at SMU. The Guildhall's 21-month certificate and master's degree program responds to the industry's need for professionals who are immediately productive upon graduation and whose education prepares them to become gaming innovators of the future. Students work in teams to create three completed games for their portfolios. Game development luminaries such as Graeme Devine, Levelord, Tom Hall, Paul Jaquays, John Romero and more, came to the Hart eCenter with a vision for this new kind of program and have been closely involved with The Guildhall's concept and design. These experts and others remain involved with the program as teachers, tutors and mentors. More information about the Guildhall at SMU and how to apply for admission is at www.guildhall.smu.edu.

About NCsoft Corporation


NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas, Washington, and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support its franchises that include Lineage®/Lineage II, City of Heroes®/City of Villains®, Guild Wars/Guild Wars Factions and Auto Assault®. More information about NCsoft can be found at www.plaync.com.

About Iron Lore Entertainment


Iron Lore Entertainment was founded in October2000 by veteran game developer Brian Sullivan and successful entrepreneur Paul Chieffo. Brian is the co-creator of the award winning and best selling Age of Empires series of games. These games have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and have won just about every award possible, including many 'Best Game of the Year' awards. Paul co-founded, developed, and sold a successful venture capital funded technology company. Paul's proven entrepreneurial and technical skills provide the foundation for game development. Iron Lore is dedicated to creating top quality, blockbuster games in a professional, fun environment. Creating quality games requires top production values in all aspects of a game, from design, technology and art to professional music, voice acting, and high performance multi-player action. Achieving this excellence requires the focused efforts of top talent in a fun, productive environment.

About The Mosser


Opened in 1913 as the Keystone Hotel, this historic property has offered a delightful experience for Bay Area visitors for almost 100 years! Purchased in 1981 by Charles Mosser and recently renovated in 2003, The Mosser has a Victorian exterior, marble floors and ornate ceiling in the lobby. In the interior you will find custom made platform beds and hot pink walls in the hallway along with the original detailed elevator and crown molding throughouta true mix of old and new. Additionally, The Mosser is now the only San Francisco hotel to feature a State-of-the-Art Recording Studio! Conveniently located between the City's renowned Union Square (shopping district) and the Moscone Convention Center, both business and leisure travelers will find excellent shopping, touring and nightlife within blocks of their hotel room. The Mosser Hotel is a Smoke Free Zone - A No Smoking policy is enforced.

For more details regarding Mary-Margaret, visit www.mary-margaret.com, or contact press@mary-margaret.com for more information.

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