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Three Chances to Win Big at the Game Developers Conference 2007

Mary-Margaret.com announces "Upgrade to Next Gen" online contest

Tuesday, October 17---Austin, Texas---Mary-Margaret.com, a leader in international recruitment services for the interactive entertainment industry is celebrating 10 years of developing careers by announcing the launch of its biggest online contest ever. Offering a plethora of prizes that include passes to attend the Game Developers Conference 2007 in San Francisco, March 5-9, to deluxe software gift packs, Mary-Margaret.com's "Upgrade to Next Gen" online contest is one not to miss.

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.

"With a week of lectures, tutorials and round-table discussions on every imaginable subject of the gaming industry slated for GDC 2007, students and gaming professionals would be hard-pressed to find another event that offers up such a unique blend of educational, motivational, and networking opportunities," said Fiona Cherbak, Director of Business Development with Mary-Margaret.com. "In supporting GDC 2007 through our online contest, we are able to provide "Upgrade to Next Gen" winners with a chance to attend a conference where the greatest minds in gaming are gathered together in one place. Next year's GDC promises to be the biggest and best yet, and our contest reflects this evolution."

As a recurrent GDC 2007 sponsor, Mary-Margaret.com is pleased to host its national online contest once again, this time giving away not one, not two, but three prize packages valued at over $3500 each. As if VIP, Giga and Mobile passes, 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 NCsoft, Iron Lore Entertainment, and The Guildhall at SMU. Contest registration is open online until February 1, 2007 at http://mary-margaret.com/forms/contest_nextgen.html, so enter today for a chance at winning one of these fantastic prizes.

VIP Prize

· VIP pass to GDC 2007

· Two invitations to the GDC Choice Awards VIP Reception

· Two night stay at The Mosser

· An Xfire Alienware Area-51 Series Extreme Gaming PC

· Deluxe software gift packs courtesy of:

o NCsoft: Guild Wars, Auto Assault, and City of Heroes

o Iron Lore Entertainment: The RPG hit Titan Quest and two Titan Quest T-shirts

o The Guildhall at SMU: One copy of Guitar Hero II for Sony Playstation®2 with Guitar Controller and one copy of Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code for Sony PSP®

Giga Prize

· Giga pass to GDC 2007

· Two night stay at The Mosser

· Deluxe software gift packs courtesy of:

o NCsoft: Guild Wars, Auto Assault, and City of Heroes

o Iron Lore Entertainment: The RPG hit Titan Quest and two Titan Quest T-shirts

o The Guildhall at SMU: One copy of Guitar Hero II for Sony Playstation®2 with Guitar Controller

Mobile Prize

·· Mobile Plus pass to GDC 2007

· Two night stay at The Mosser

· Deluxe software gift packs courtesy of:

o NCsoft: Guild Wars, Auto Assault, and City of Heroes

o Iron Lore Entertainment: The RPG hit Titan Quest and two Titan Quest T-shirts

o The Guildhall at SMU: One copy of Untold Legends: The Warrior's Code for Sony PSP

"At this year's GDC, we are encouraging game industry professionals to take control of the interactive entertainment market and their individual destiny within this thriving and dynamic market," noted Tara Gibb, Director of Marketing with the Game Developers Conference. "The Upgrade to Next Gen Contest is a phenomenal opportunity that will enable a few lucky participants access to the most comprehensive industry event dedicated to game creation."

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 http://www.gdconf.com/.

About Mary-Margaret.com

www.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 the US and Europe, Mary-Margaret.com is continually seeking and placing highly-qualified creative, executive and technical talent for clients in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe and Australia. For more details regarding Mary-Margaret.com, visit their web site at www.mary-margaret.com, or contact Kellie Crawley, PR Coordinator, at (408) 835-8519 or kellie@mary-margaret.com.

About CMP Technology

www.cmp.com

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

www.viacom.com

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 NCsoft Corporation

www.ncsoft.com

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

www.ironlore.com

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. To achieve this excellence requires the focused efforts of top talent in a fun, productive environment.

About The Guildhall at SMU

www.guildhall.smu.edu

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 The Mosser

www.themosser.com

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 from their hotel room. The Mosser Hotel is a Smoke Free Zone - A No Smoking policy is enforced in all our guest rooms. For more information, please visit www.mosser.com or for reservations call 800.227.3804.

For more details regarding Mary-Margaret.com, visit their web site at www.mary-margaret.com, or contact Kellie Crawley, PR Coordinator, at (408) 835-8519 or kellie@mary-margaret.com, for more information.

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