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Xbox® is challenging gamers to pit their driving skills against each other in the Xbox UK "Forza® Challenge" tournament to win a limited edition Fiat Xbox Stilo worth £11, 995. Petrol head gamers can burn some rubber and compete in the Xbox® LiveTM tournament from today.

One of four lucky finalists will fight to the finish at the "Forza Challenge" finals on 24th September in Virgin Megastores' flagship Oxford Street store.

To register for this exhilarating tournament simply input your valid Xbox Live account details at the registration site located at www.forzachallenge.com.

Entrants will be encouraged to test their skills by driving a TVR Tuscan R on the short Silverstone II (Silverstone Short Circuit) located in the Forza Motorsport Time Trials section. Entrants can race the circuit as many times as possible ahead of the 3am deadline on Monday 12th September. The top scorers will be invited to compete for a chance to come to the finals in London.

Xbox Live is the world's only unified online console games service, uniting gamers all over the world. Once you start playing against other people no two games will ever be the same again. With Xbox Live you'll experience more action, more excitement, more adrenaline and much more fun. You'll also get downloadable content to expand and enhance your games even further.

Gamers who sign up to Xbox Live now will be able to move seamlessly to Xbox Live on the next-generation Xbox 360, available this Christmas. So there's never been a better time to sign up to Xbox Live and get ready for the next level of gaming.

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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 tag line, "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 UK for an estimated street price of £99.99.

About Xbox Live

Now in its third generation of transforming and uniting Xbox game communities, with more than 300 games planned by end of holiday 2005 and now with presence in 24 countries worldwide, Xbox Live has set the bar for online games entertainment. As the first global, unified online console games service, Xbox Live continues to take online gameplay and entertainment to unprecedented heights. With a rapidly growing global community, Xbox Live offers best-in-class games, intelligent matchmaking, tournaments, unique programming and integration with Xbox.com - there is simply nothing else like it. The service continues to provide more and more ways for members to meet, interact and stay engaged with each other.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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