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XL unleashes FEAR

London, England. Thursday 2nd November 2006: Matchbox360, in association with AlienPants and Vivendi Games are pleased to announce a paranormal twist to this year's activities at XL LAN 2006: Attendees of XL will be immersed in an out of this world experience as they encounter and take part in an exclusive F.E.A.R. tournament to win a vast array of the latest gaming goodies from Vivendi Games.

During the buzz of XL there will be an eight player F.E.A.R. tournament in which the overall winner will walk away with a whole host of prizes and a limited edition F.E.A.R. faceplate for the Xbox 360. Full details & a list of prizes is available via

Matchbox360 XL is the UK's largest Xbox, 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: - Tickets are selling fast, so book now to avoid disappointment!

F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first-person. An unprecedented adrenaline rush of close quarters combat seamlessly melded with the spine-tingling, shocking intensity of the paranormal unknown.

Already a critical and commercial smash on the PC, F.E.A.R. brings a new level of FPS game play to Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 version of F.E.A.R. will contain new levels, stunning visual effects for an intense "action movie" experience, and unpredictable encounters with combat adaptable A.I. Also expect frenetic multiplayer support for up to 16 players and the brand new Instant Action Mode which is a new arcade style action filled with close quarter battles tracking player progress via Xbox Live leader boards. Prepare for the next generation of F.E.A.R.

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 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.


Chris Barnes

MatchBox360 XL LAN Organiser

Tel: +44 (0) 7977 070 596


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


Luke Newcombe

Marketing Director

Tel: +44 (0) 7815 315 667


About Vivendi Games

Vivendi Games ( is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Warcraft®; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra's IPs include Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, SWAT®, Darkwatch, Timeshift, Ground Control® and Leisure Suit Larry®. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Mobile Games, publishing games for the emerging mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.

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