Fantasy Author R.A. Salvatore To Keynote EA’s Dark Age Of Camelot® Roundtable
Fan event also includes unveiling of new Camelot expansion, Labyrinth of the Minotaur™
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 22, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that best-selling fantasy author R.A. Salvatore will keynote the Dark Age of Camelot® Roundtable Fan Gathering this September. Salvatore’s books have sold more than ten million copies and include the beloved series The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy, Icewind Dale Trilogy, and The Dark Elf Trilogy. The Roundtable Fan Gathering will take place at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 29th and 30th.
R.A. Salvatore is one of the fantasy genre’s most beloved and successful authors, and has attracted a tremendously loyal following through iconic characters such as the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden. Salvatore’s most recent original hardcover, The Two Swords, Book III of The Hunter’s Blade Trilogy, debuted at # 1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list and at # 4 on The New York Times best-seller list. At the Roundtable, Salvatore will speak about how he got started writing, his experiences with computer gaming and projects he is currently working on.
Walter Yarbrough, Producer of Dark Age of Camelot at EA Mythic commented, “R.A. Salvatore’s keynote is the perfect addition to the Roundtable’s festivities, and sure to please fantasy fans. Camelot’s five year anniversary Roundtable is shaping up to be the best fan event yet, with an exclusive first-look at the upcoming expansion, Labyrinth of the Minotaur™ and activities for the whole family.”
The Dark Age of Camelot Roundtable Fan Gathering offers fans the chance to meet developers and fellow players, and participate in Camelot-themed activities. Attendees will be able to preview the recently announced expansion, Labyrinth of the Minotaur, and win prizes from sponsors including NVIDIA, Creative Labs, Razer USA Ltd., Crucial Technology and more.
Players who register before August 25th, 2006 will receive a beta account for Labyrinth of the Minotaur, a free copy of the expansion and an exclusive in-game item. August 25th is also the last day to register for the reduced hotel group rate at the Rio. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, please go to www.darkageofcamelot.com/roundtable.
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About Dark Age of Camelot ®
Celebrating its five year anniversary in October 2006, Dark Age of Camelot is a massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (“MMORPG”) featuring Realm vs. Realm™ combat, EA Mythic’s unique take on Player vs. Player action. In addition, the game features multiple class and race combinations, a robust trade skill system, and a comprehensive player Guild system. The world of Dark Age of Camelot features three Realms at war – Midgard, Hibernia and Albion.
Based on the mythologies of Viking-era Scandinavia, ancient Ireland, and Arthurian Britain, respectively, the once-peaceful Realms began to battle after the death of King Arthur. Players quest, fight monsters, form guilds and eventually gain enough power to defend their Realm from enemies. Since its release in October 2001, Dark Age of Camelot has received critical acclaim, including Online Game of the Year by Computer Games Magazine and Computer Gaming World, and PC Game of the Year by USA Today and MSNBC. After five years and hundreds of thousands of players, Dark Age of Camelot has proven to be an enduring success.
For more information about Dark Age of Camelot, visit www.darkageofcamelot.com.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. 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.
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