GRAPEVINE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 2, 2005--GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME) (NYSE:GME.B), one of the nation's largest video game and entertainment software retailers, announced today that it will host nationwide events at many of its locations to celebrate the launch of the new, highly-anticipated Madden NFL 2006 from Electronic Arts on August 9, 2005. To build excitement for the new football title, GameStop is sponsoring Madden NFL 2005 Tournaments in 1,000 stores across the U.S. on August 6, 2005. Anyone who would like to enter to win one of the various prizes should visit a local GameStop for details on where to play and how to sign up. GameStop will also be hosting tail-gate parties on launch weekend in many locations to welcome in the new football season. To find your local store, just log on to GameStop's web site, www.gamestop.com, and search using the 'Store Locator.' On launch day, customers who have reserved the ever popular sports title are guaranteed availability at their local GameStop store.
Madden, consistently one of the hottest sports games in the industry, has been creating a buzz due to its incredible new features. Some of the new details of game-play involve the Quarterback Vision and Precision system, which mimics a more realistic Quarterback's read on his Receivers, the Superstar mode, which allows the gamer to control a player's career as he rises from rookie to professional star and increased online action for Internet gamers. Gamers who have EA's NCAA Football 2006 can also import their star players as draft picks for Madden NFL 2006, adding another element of detail to their play.
Jack Beuttell, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Merchandising said, "GameStop is proud to be among the first retailers to offer our customers the ability to pick up or purchase their reserved copy of Madden NFL 2006. We try to make these events a 'celebration,' and strive to ensure our customers are among the first to have the hottest new games. We believe that our buy-sell-trade program affords all of our customers the ability to own any system and games that they desire the most."
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, 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, Ireland and the United Kingdom, 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.
GameStop Corp. sells the most popular new software, hardware and game accessories for the PC and next generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. In addition, the company sells computer and video game magazines and strategy guides, action figures, and other related merchandise to more than 30 million customers.
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