?Halo 4? Global Championship Announced

343 Industries and Virgin Gaming reunite to launch the biggest ?Halo 4? tournament ever with $500,000 in prizes

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LONDON, Wednesday 3rd July, 2013 ? 343 Industries, Xbox 360 and Virgin Gaming are teaming up again to launch the ?Halo 4? Global Championship: a summer-long tournament that will give gamers around the world a chance to battle* for glory and win $500,000 in prizes, including a grand prize of $200,000.

Spanning multiple live events and five weeks of head-to-heads on Xbox Live, the tournament is the biggest ?Halo 4? competition yet, and will kick off at the Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin, Texas on 5th July, and then on Xbox Live on 15th July. Competitors will test their skill and fortitude against one another in intense free-for-all matches over a series of qualifying rounds (based on average scores and elimination matches), for a chance to rise through the global leaderboards and win coveted prizes.

The tournament will culminate with a two-day Finals competition in Seattle, WA from 31st Aug. to 1st Sept., where players will battle to become the ultimate Spartan, with the top players receiving cash prizes.

Beginning today, players can register for the ?Halo 4? Global Championship by visiting www.halo4globalchampionship.com and will be able to participate in two ways:

Online Competition on Xbox Live*. By registering through Virgin Gaming at www.halo4globalchampionship.com and selecting the custom tournament playlist in ?Halo 4,? players will be able to join the competition for free on Xbox Live. Each week there will be a different free-for-all mode for players to enjoy.

To qualify for a chance to compete in the Finals in Seattle, players will need to complete a minimum of 20 matches in the tournament playlist per week. At the end of each week the players with the top four average scores will be deemed winners and be eligible to compete in the Finals. Additionally, each week qualifying players will have a chance to randomly win** special prizes.

Live Events. Players will also be able to join the tournament by participating in live competitions at the Rooster Teeth Expo in Austin, TX from 5th to 7th July, and Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 21st to 25th Aug.

Six finalists from each of the live events and 20 from the online qualifiers will receive an expenses paid trip to participate in the Finals in Seattle, Washington.

For additional information, including the registration process, rules, prizing and a full list of qualifying countries, please visit: www.halo4globalchampionship.com and select the registration link.

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*Xbox Live Gold subscription required for online play. Event admission and Tournament registration is limited. Check Tournament and Event websites for availability. Must be 18 or age of majority to enter online or event Tournaments. Void in AZ, CT, MD, TN, QUEBEC and where prohibited by law. Event Tournaments are limited to registered Event attendees.

**No purchase necessary to enter or win Sweepstakes. Must be 18 or age of majority to enter. Void in QUEBEC and where prohibited by law. See website for Official Rules.For media enquiries, please contact:

Kim Shuard / 020 3047 2340 / kim_shuard@jcpr.com

Dominic Carey / 01189 09 5334 / v-docare@microsoft.com

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?Halo 4? is the latest blockbuster installment of the iconic franchise that has shaped entertainment history and defined a generation of gamers. Developed by 343 Industries, ?Halo 4? continues the story of the series? iconic hero the Master Chief as he returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. ?Halo 4? takes the series in a bold new direction by delivering its most epic and explorative campaign yet, alongside an emotionally resonant story and a groundbreaking multiplayer offering unlike anything before it ? setting the stage for an epic new sci-fi saga.

About 343 Industries
343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster ?Halo? series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft Studios, oversees the ?Halo? franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries is home to world-class developers working on the Reclaimer Saga, which launched with the arrival of ?Halo 4? on 6th Nov., 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.

About Virgin Gaming
Introduced in June 2010, Virgin Gaming is the premier destination for competitive console gamers to meet, challenge and play in head-to-head matches and tournaments for cash and prizes. With an array of proprietary features, including a Fair Play Guarantee? (with automatic game results validation), Virgin Gaming allows gamers of all skill levels from around the world to safely and easily compete online against friends and other members in some of their favourite multiplayer games. A leading-edge convergence of competitive online gaming and video games, Virgin Gaming offers robust community features with member pages, community reputation and skill ratings, a variety of exciting tournament formats and more. For additional information, visit Virgin Gaming.

About Xbox
Xbox is Microsoft?s premier entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet. In living rooms or on the go, Xbox is home to the best and broadest games, as well as one of the world?s largest libraries of movies, TV, music, and sports. Your favourite games, TV and entertainment come to life in new ways through the power of Kinect, Xbox SmartGlass, and Xbox LIVE, the world?s premier social entertainment network. More information about Xbox can be found online at http://www.xbox.com.

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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