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SIGN A FRIEND TO XBOX LIVE & GET A FREE GAME…

London - 18 November 2004 - Xbox® LiveTM - it's a love / hate thing. You love your friends but hate losing to them. So if your friend gets on to Xbox Live, you can spend happy days thrashing, destroying and humiliating them time and time again - until of course they get as good as you! Xbox Live can help you out here - because for every friend you sign up to the Xbox Live online gaming service between now and 31 January 2005, not only will you be adding to your growing Friends List but you will receive a free game of your choice. Find out how at: http://www.friendsforlive.com

Gamers who take advantage of this new offer can choose from the following Microsoft Games Studios titles:

  • Midtown Madness 3
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • CounterstrikeTM
  • Links® 2004
  • Sudeki
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Fable
  • RalliSport Challenge 2
  • Project Gothem Racing®2
  • Top Spin

There has never been a better time for gamers to challenge their friends on Xbox Live - especially now with the arrival of one of the most anticipated games ever, Halo® 2. It's been one week of sleepless nights since the launch of Halo 2 and gamers all over the world have been joining forces on Xbox Live to fend off Covenant invaders. Earth will never be the same and neither will the growing community of one million Xbox Live members as they hone their combat skills to perfection, forming clans and expanding the forces of good against evil.

Xbox Live, first launched in Europe on 14th March 2003, allows gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers worldwide via a broadband connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console is the only video game system built from the ground up for online gaming. Xbox Live enables gamers to easily find their friends; talk to other players during gameplay through the Xbox Communicator headset; download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive; and play online.

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Editors' Notes

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Windows PC gaming, Xbox video game system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse game portfolios for the PC (http://www.microsoft.com/games/), including such franchises

as "Age of Empires®," "Flight Simulator" and "Zoo Tycoon"; Xbox (http://www.xbox.com/), including such franchises as "Halo," "Project Gotham RacingTM" and "NFL Fever"; and Zone.com (http://www.zone.com/), the official games channel for the MSN® network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "OutSmartTM."

About Xbox Live

A new frontier in imagination and extraordinary interaction, no one else offers the richness of online gameplay found on Xbox Live. The world's only unified global online console games service, Xbox Live is continuously innovating to provide members with unparalleled experiences. This unique service unites gamers together in a dynamic community where they can experience the best online games, exclusive programming and continuous downloadable content. Xbox Live launched in the United States in November 2002 and is available in 24 countries. Please visit http://www.xbox.com/live for more information.

About Xbox

Xbox (http://www.xbox.com) is the video game system from Microsoft that brings people together for the most exhilarating game and entertainment experiences. Xbox delivers an expansive collection of breakthrough games, powerful hardware and the unified Xbox Live online service. The new tagline, "it's good to play together," captures the spirit of Xbox as the social hub of the new digital entertainment lifestyle. Xbox is now available in Europe for an estimated street price of €149.99/£99.99.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

For more information, please contact:

Marie-Claire Suter

UK PR Manager - Xbox & PC Games

Tel: +44 (0) 118 909 4599

Email: i-maries@microsoft.com

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