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Sierra Entertainment To Use Popular Xfire Gaming Platform in Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy

Xfire To Enhance Player-to-Player Communication in Sierra’s RTS Expansion Pack
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

MENLO PARK, CA - FEBRUARY 24, 2006 - Xfire, Inc., the most complete, all-in-one PC gaming application in the world, and Sierra Entertainment have agreed to incorporate the Xfire online gaming platform into Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy, the first expansion pack to 2005's award winning RTS, Empire Earth II. Implementing Xfire's technology alongside Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy will provide players a more complete online gaming experience using Xfire's unique friend tracking, in-game messaging, and group voice communication features.

Under the agreement, the Xfire application will be bundled with the retail version of Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy. Using Xfire, Empire Earth II players can keep track of when their friends are online, send and receive messages while playing games, and also communicate with one another using Xfire's group voice chat feature.

Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy returns gamers to the front lines of the greatest battles in history with new civilizations at their command, new campaigns and a host of new features. The game is now available at retailers worldwide.

"The competitive online play in Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy stands above the rest," said Peter Della Penna, Executive Vice President and COO, World Studios for Vivendi Universal Games. "It would have been impossible to create the same experience without the seamless in-game messaging and group chat features that Xfire delivers."

Xfire CEO Mike Cassidy commented, "We're excited to partner with VU Games to make the online gaming experience more enjoyable for their users while increasing VU Games' presence within Xfire's more than 3 million registered gamer community."

Xfire also makes online gaming easier for users by showing them when their friends are online, revealing what games their friends are playing, and enabling them to join their friends with one click. Xfire is also the only instant-messaging application that allows users to send and receive messages while playing many PC games without having to minimize or Alt-tab out of the game. Other Xfire features include file downloads, stats tracking, and voice chat.

To download Xfire for free please visit www.xfire.com.

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About Xfire

Xfire, Inc. is the fastest growing online gaming platform and community in the world. Xfire helps gamers play with their friends much more easily. Xfire is also a server browser, IM, and file download system designed just for gamers. Xfire has over three million members in over 100 countries. Company management includes Mike Cassidy (former CEO of Direct Hit), Chris Kirmse (creator of Meridian 59), Adam Boyden, and Dennis "Thresh" Fong (World Champion of Quake). Xfire is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, NEA, and Granite Global Ventures. Xfire is supported by advertisers and marketers trying to reach the 18-34 male audience

About Empire Earth

Empire Earth is the million-selling strategy game series that gives players complete control over all of human history and beyond. Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy, the expansion for the award-winning Empire Earth II, arrives February 17, 2006 for a suggested retail price of $29.99 and an ESRB rating of "T" for Teen.

About Vivendi Universal Games

Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment, Massive EntertainmentTM, Swordfish Studios and High Moon Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and World of WarcraftTM from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, Empire Earth, Leisure Suit LarryTM, and Ground Control. VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

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