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First-ever Online Madden Tournament Begins November 29; Hawaii Finals Champion Awarded $100,000 Grand Prize

Celebrating five years of EA SPORTS™ Madden Challenge presented by Best Buy, Electronic Arts announced today a partnership with IGN to expand the 2006 Madden Challenge to include an online tournament, beginning Nov. 29. The winner of the online competition, which will be conducted via Xbox Live and is free to enter, will receive a trip to the 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Finals in Hawaii for a shot at $100,000.

Held during Pro Bowl week (week of Feb. 8, 2007) in Honolulu, Hawaii, the 2006 Madden Challenge Finals will feature 32 gamers competing for the championship – one winner from the online tournament, 26 winners from regional tournaments across the United States, and five winners from NFL international tournaments. The winner of the 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge will receive a grand prize package, including a check for $100,000 and the winners of each regional competition will receive $1,000. Last year, 73,000 people attended and 16,000 competed nationwide.

For 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Tournament information, including official rules and online registration, players can go to the official EA SPORTS Madden Challenge website at www.maddenchallenge.com. Registration is free.

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