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XL Devises Epic Gears of War LAN Tournament!

London, England. Thursday 9th November 2006: Matchbox360, in association with AlienPants are pleased to announce a sponsorship agreement with Microsoft for Matchbox360's XL LAN 2006. XL will be hosting one of the first Gears of War LAN tournaments in the United Kingdom, which will take place at this year's MatchBox360 XL LAN on the 25th and 26th November 2006.

As the countdown to XL continues, gaming enthusiasts will soon begin an epic journey to the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Upon arrival, attendees of MatchBox360 XL LAN 2006 will be able to enjoy freeplay and a free to enter tournament on the year's most anticipated Xbox 360 game, Gears of War. Gamers will be battling to win a whole host of fantastic prizes, including limited edition Gears of War faceplates for the Xbox 360, courtesy of Microsoft.

Matchbox360 XL is the UK's largest Xbox and Xbox 360 LAN event and will be taking place at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November 2006. Gamers interested in attending Matchbox360 XL are requested to pre-book tickets via: http://xl.matchbox360.co.uk - Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment!

The Official Xbox Magazine 360 has exclusive access to XL and will be providing magazine coverage on the XL events.

MatchBox360 XL is a chance for the Xbox Live community to meet and compete all under one roof for a marathon weekend of gaming... have you got what it takes to XL?

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** Unique showcase opportunities and event sponsorship is currently available, please contact us for further information. **

About MatchBox360

http://www.matchbox360.co.uk

MatchBox360.co.uk is one of the fastest growing Xbox Live communities in the United Kingdom. A focused events site, MatchBox360 revolves around its thriving UK based forum community and boasts an impressive membership of gamers of varying ages, gender and skill. Run by a group of hardcore gamers who strive to create the competitions that their community demands, Matchbox360 also provides Ignition, the most relevant and easy to digest Xbox online downloadable magazine provided by the community, for the community.

Contact:

Chris Barnes

MatchBox360 XL LAN Organiser

Tel: +44 (0) 7977 070 596

E-mail: konspiracy@matchbox360.co.uk

About AlienPants Ltd

AlienPants provides community management and user support services for online communities, as well as providing a wide range of mobile, wireless, WAP and SMS technologies and services. The company's flagship GTIP customer support service is available to publishers and other interested companies to provide live support services to customers. AlienPants also provides written content for games service providers, games news websites, gaming-related magazines and the mobile sector, with clients as diverse as Prima Publishing, Opera Telecom, Gamezville, T-Mobile, Orange, Monstermob Plc, and Mindmatics Ltd. For more information about AlienPants and the services provided, visit www.alienpants.com.

Contact:

Luke Newcombe

Marketing Director

Tel: +44 (0) 7815 315 667

E-mail: luke.newcombe@alienpants.com

About Xbox 360

Xbox 360 is the most powerful video game and entertainment system, delivering the best games, the next generation of the premier Xbox Live online gaming network and unique digital entertainment experiences that revolve around gamers. Xbox 360 is expected to have a catalog of 160 high-definition games by the end of 2006 and to be available in nearly 40 countries by the end of 2007. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/xbox360.

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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