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Project Gotham Racing 3 Goes Full-Throttle with First-Ever Global Tournament on Xbox Live: Registration Now Open

London, 6th April 2006 - Project Gotham Racing® 3, the award-winning racing title for Xbox 360, is looking to send the ultimate next-gen racers to the Lamborghini factory in Italy with the PGR 3 Global Tournament in association with the PGRTM100, fuelled by Xbox Live.

Consider yourself among the best of the best? Then buckle-up as Microsoft and Bizarre Creations team with world-renowned car manufacturer Lamborghini to bring online racers the first-ever Xbox Live PGR 3 Global Tournament. Throughout the beginning of April, PGR 3 will debut a cost-free automatic update allowing gamers worldwide the opportunity to compete in upcoming tournaments for the chance to prove, once and for all, just who is the definitive PGR 3 champion.

From April to June, the competition promises pulse-pounding, head-to-head contests between the best racers across the globe. Depending on their region, gamers can participate in European, Asian or American regional tournaments, each featuring qualifying challenges and single-elimination knockout rounds where only the fastest will survive. The top 12 racers from around the world - four from each of the three regions - will be invited to compete for the global championship crown at the Lamborghini factory in Sant' Agata Bolognese, Italy, in June.

In addition to winning the chance to compete at the finals in Italy, the four European finalists also win a unique, limited edition, PGR black-finished Xbox 360 console plus an official Xbox Live PGR 3 Lamborghini jacket. The ten next best drivers in Europe will also receive a limited edition console and all fourteen European winners automatically win a place in the most exclusive racing 'club' in Europe - the coveted PGR 100.

Gamers interested in watching the action can tune in and see the competition in real-time via the innovative Gotham TV feature enabled in PGR 3.

Registration for the Xbox Live PGR 3 Global Tournament is from today, 6th April, until 29th April, with the competition officially kicking off on Monday, 17th April. For more information and details about the races visit www.xbox.com/pgr100leaderboards and find out how you can compete for the crown.

PGR 3 is the next-generation debut of the best-selling "Project Gotham Racing" franchise for Xbox. Gamers take the driver's seat in some of the fastest cars ever created by manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. PGR 3 boasts jaw-dropping visuals generated by the horsepower of the Xbox 360 and thrusts gamers into spectacularly-detailed courses throughout several of the world's largest cities including New York, Tokyo, Las Vegas and London. Racers can define their own style, in their own car, and take down opponents both on and offline.

Xbox Live is the first and only unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy to find the friends, games and entertainment people want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox Live connects more than two million members across more than 24 countries together to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, free playable game demos, music videos and movie trailers, as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favourite retail games.

Project Gotham Racing 3 is developed by Bizarre Creations Ltd. Bizarre Creations is a long-established independent games developer, based in Liverpool, England. Bizarre is focused on producing high-quality, playable games that make the most of the advanced technology for which they are designed. Bizarre Creations can be found on the Web at www.bizarrecreations.com.

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