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Age of Empires III Goes Platinum

�Age of Empires III� has gone platinum! Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios today announced �Age of Empires III� has secured its place in history as the fastest selling title in the franchise�s history, reaching more than one million units sold since its October release.

To celebrate this record-breaking achievement, Ensemble Studios will host a worldwide search for the fastest �Age of Empires� player in a �Fastest Industrial Age� contest, which will kick off on February 1-14.

For two weeks, �Age of Empires III� players will battle it out for the title of the fastest �Age� player. Players will take on a random map and set out on an adventure as any of the civilizations to reach the Industrial Age in the least amount of time. The player whose time holds up as the fastest will be crowned champion and will win the first-place prize of a gaming PC, sponsored by Intel. Additionally NVIDIA is sponsoring the second and third-place prizes of a 7800GTX card and a 7800GT card, respectively. Further details and official rules will be posted at http://www.agecommunity.com.

Entrants will submit their recorded games via email and can monitor challengers� times on a continually updated leader board posted to www.agecommunity.com. The top 10 fasted recorded games will be available for download at the completion of the tournament.

Ensemble Studios (http://www.ensemblestudios.com) is one of the world's premier entertainment software developers. Ensemble Studios is known for its blockbuster Age of Empires and Age of Mythology game series. Ensemble's titles are distinguished by the highest-quality art and gameplay dynamics applied in familiar historical settings, and appeal to hard-core gamers and mass audiences. Ensemble Studios is based in Dallas, Texas.

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox� video game system, the Windows� operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as �Age of Empires�,� �Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon�;� Xbox (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as �Fable�� and franchises such as �Halo�,� �Project Gotham Racing�� and �Forza�;� and MSN� Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as �Bejeweled� and �Hexic�.�

Posted by Directory of Games on February 01.

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