EA SPORTS NCAA Football 2005 Sets Franchise Sales Record; College Game Is #1 Football Title of the SeasonREDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2004--For the first two weeks of sales, NCAA(R) Football 2005 from Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) is the number one selling football videogame in America. First week sales for the game were more than 50 percent above the same period last year. Last year, NCAA Football 2004 sold more than one million copies and was the second best-selling football game in North America behind Madden NFL 2004."This is always a huge launch for us because NCAA Football 2005 not only kicks off the football season but the official sports videogame season as well," said Frank Gibeau, senior vice president of marketing, North America, for Electronic Arts. "We're excited about the strong start of NCAA Football 2005 and the momentum that is building for Madden NFL 2005, with pre-sell up 100% over last year. This will be the biggest year ever for all of our football franchises.""The game is so much better this year," said Steve Chiang, vice president and general manager of EA-Tiburon. "Fans are really enjoying new features like the home field advantage and the addition of Xbox Live online capability."For the first time in a football videogame, the game day atmosphere around the field and in the stadium will affect the players on the field in NCAA Football 2005. Visiting teams will have to fight crowd noise when calling plays while home teams can play off of the thunderous support from their fans. Featuring the Top 25 Toughest Places to Play, players can compete in the most elite stadiums across the country. NCAA Football 2005 also features the deepest Dynasty Mode(TM) to date where players can build up their schools, transform young players into rising stars and monitor program integrity.NCAA Football 2005, developed by EA-Tiburon, is rated "E" (Everyone) by the ESRB and is available on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube(TM).EA SPORTS is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world. Its top-selling titles and franchises include Madden NFL(TM) Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL(R), NBA LIVE basketball, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R), MVP Baseball(TM), NCAA(R) Football and NASCAR Thunder(TM). The EA SPORTS home page is www.easports.com.About Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $2.96 billion for fiscal 2004. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. In 2003, EA had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. 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.INTERNET CONNECTION required for online play. See www.easports.com or back of product pack for details.Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, EA GAMES, Dynasty Mode, John Madden Football and MVP Baseball are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All names, logos, team icons, and mascots associated with the NCAA, universities, bowls and conferences are the exclusive properties of the respective institutions. NCAA is a registered trademark of National Collegiate Athletic Association. NBA, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, MLB, Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR and FIFA are trademarks of their respective owners. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo GameCube is a trademark of Nintendo. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox Live are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.Press Release Linkage
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