GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 14, 2005--GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME)(NYSE:GME.B), the U.S. sponsor of the Xbox Live Worldwide "Halo 2" tournament, is proud to announce that Microsoft proclaimed the U.S. National Champion of their first ever online tournament. Terry Lindle of Harrisburg, Illinois won top honors on June 3, over 34,000 U.S. contestants, earning the title of U.S. National Champion.
After several days of intense gaming combat, Lindle was proclaimed the U.S. National Champion by Microsoft, advancing him to the next round of competition against the winners of similar battles from 23 other countries around the world. Lindle, who is working toward his degree in pharmacology at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, was flown to Los Angeles by GameStop, where he represented the U.S. as one of 24 contestants fighting for the title of World Champion on Friday, June 10. In the World Championship Tournament, Lindle battled for many hours and advanced to the semi-finals where he finished fourth. He played from the official U.S. Worldwide "Halo 2" Online Tournament site at the GameStop store in Norwalk, California at 13925 Pioneer Boulevard.
Among the prizes Lindle won from Microsoft as U.S. National Champion were a Limited Edition half-size Master Chief Statue, personalized Xbox Live "Halo 2" Championship sweatshirt and Country Champion Plaque, a Samsung Camcorder and $500 in cash. GameStop awarded him a $500 gift check and a 12-month subscription to GameInformer Magazine. He was competing for the World Championship prize package of a 50 inch Samsung Flat Screen DLP HDTV, a Samsung DVD Player/Recorder, a Personalized Xbox Live "Halo 2" Global Champion Trophy featuring a 27 karat gold "Halo 2" game disc, and $1,500 in cash.
"GameStop was excited to be the U.S. sponsor of the first ever "Halo 2" On-Line Worldwide Tournament, and we look forward to continuing to provide GameStop customers with unparalleled experiences like these," said Jack Beuttell, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Merchandising for GameStop Corp. "This unique association between GameStop and Xbox Live united gamers in a dynamic community where they were able to experience the excitement of one of the hottest games of the year in a new and competitive environment. We congratulate Terry Lindle on his outstanding performance."
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME)(NYSE:GME.B) is one of the nation's largest video game and entertainment software retailers. The company operates 1,908 retail stores throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Ireland, primarily under the GameStop(R) brand. In addition, the company owns a commerce-enabled Web property, GameStop.com, and Game Informer(R) magazine, a leading video and computer game publication.
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