Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Videogame International Champion Announced

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--()--Dec. 22, 2003--

  Hidenori Tanaka of Japan Named World Champion at Tournament Finals Held December 21 at the Tower of London, UK  

Hidenori Tanaka of Japan became the first Harry Potter(TM): Quidditch(TM) World Cup videogame world tournament champion, Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) announced today. The thrilling international videogame tournament finals took place yesterday at the Tower of London in the UK, where competitors between the ages of eight and fourteen years, from twelve countries around the world, including France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Italy, USA, UK, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Holland, and Brazil competed for the prestigious world champion title.

During the International Finals event, competitors donned authentic Quidditch robes and showed off their videogame skills, speed and special moves during action-packed matches on the Nintendo GameCube(TM), the official sponsor of the event. Players were cheered on by a group of cast members from the Warner Bros. film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, including Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy(TM)), Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom(TM)), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnegan), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley(TM)). The cast greeted the finalists and opened the tournament before enjoying the tournament's spirited atmosphere.

In the Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup game, licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Harry Potter fans are for the first time able to fully experience the magical power, speed, and competition of Quidditch, the favorite sport of witches and wizards. Developed by EA's UK studios, the team behind the worldwide success of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(TM) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets(TM) games, the new title features connectivity between the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy(R) Advance to allow players to trade Quidditch Cards and team up together for co-operative gameplay. Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is available on the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, and PC-CD.

For more information regarding the Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup videogame tournament visit www.quidditchworldcup.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM), and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

About Nintendo

Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Kyoto, Japan, is the acknowledged worldwide leader in the creation of interactive entertainment. To date, Nintendo has sold more than 1.7 billion video games worldwide, created such industry icons as Mario(R) and Donkey Kong and launched franchises like The Legend of Zelda(R) and Pokemon. Nintendo manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home video game systems, including the Nintendo 64, NINTENDO GAMECUBE, Game Boy Advance and Game Boy -- the world's best-selling video game system which has sold over 150 million units. As a wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organisations in the world.

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Contacts

Electronic Arts
Kirsten Merit, 650-628-5798
kmerit@ea.com
Jeane Wong, 650-628-7702
jwong@ea.com

Contacts

Electronic Arts
Kirsten Merit, 650-628-5798
kmerit@ea.com
Jeane Wong, 650-628-7702
jwong@ea.com