03:54 PM - June 6, 2005 by Steve_OS
EA KICKS OFF NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED BLACKLIST TOURNAMENT AT FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP
Gamers to Compete for Prizes and Bragging Rights with the First Public Unveiling of Need for Speed Most Wanted
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 6, 2005 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that it will host the first of six Need for Speed™ Most Wanted Blacklist Regional Tournaments in Houston, TX at the Formula Drift Championship on June 11, 2005. In addition to being the first people in the country to play the game, attendees will have a chance to compete for numerous prizes including a Finals Grand Prize Trip Package to attend the Need for Speed Most Wanted launch event in November 2005. Highlights from the Tournament will be televised on G4 – videogame tv’s drifting series, “Formula D” on Sunday, July 10, at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT.
Gamers can register online to enter the Houston Regional Tournament by visiting the website at www.needforspeed.com. All Tournament participants will compete in the “Toll Booth” mode where they will go up against other gamers as they try to reach the in-game toll booth in the fastest time while evading cops and other in-game obstacles. Complete details, Tournament Official Rules and prize descriptions can be found at www.needforspeed.com.
EA is the title sponsor of the 2005 Formula Drift Championship, the only professional drifting championship in the world. The Need for Speed Most Wanted Blacklist Tournament consists of six Regional Tournaments, one occurring each of the following Formula Drift locations and dates: June 11 (Reliant Center, Houston, TX), July 9 (Infineon Raceway - Sonoma, CA), August 6 (Soldier Field – Chicago, IL) and August 27 (Irwindale Speedway – Irwindale, CA). Dates and venues for the last two Regional Tournaments will be announced in the coming weeks, be sure to visit www.needforspeed.com for updated schedule information. For more information on Formula D, please visit: http://www.needforspeedformulad.com/.
As the exclusive broadcaster of the Need for Speed Formula Drift Championship series, G4 takes drifting from the track to the screen with its show, “Formula D.” Fans can tune-in to the special 90-minute episode featuring all the action from Houston, including the first Need for Speed Most Wanted Blacklist Regional Tournament, on July 10. “Formula D” airs every Sunday at 10:30PM ET/7:30 PM PT on G4, the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all things videogames. To learn more, log onto www.g4tv.com.
Need for Speed Most Wanted challenges players to out-race rivals and evade an entire fleet of cops to become the most notorious street racer. This game is Not Yet Rated by the ESRB. Developed in Vancouver, B.C. by EA Canada, Need for Speed Most Wanted will be available in November 2005 for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ and Xbox® videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, PSP™ handheld entertainment system and PC.