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EA SPORTS Crowns King of Madden NFL 06 at 2005 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Finals

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Feb. 13, 2006 – Thousands entered regional tournaments across 32 cities, but only one could thumb his way to the title. The 4th annual EA SPORTS™ Madden Challenge Tournament from Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), congratulates Jarvis Thomas, the National 2005 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Champion on Madden NFL 06. Winners from each of the Madden Challenge Regional Tournaments, which were played using the Xbox® video game system, were flown to the Marriott Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii for the ‘Finals’ competition on Feb. 10, 2006. Thomas, 18, the Minneapolis regional winner from Upper Marlboro, Maryland defeated Haarwun Brown, 18, the St. Louis regional winner from Mobile, Alabama, with a final score of 42-18 using the Philadelphia Eagles.

After receiving the $100,000 and congratulations from NFL players in attendance, Thomas, also known as “young Jarvis” said, “It’s a great feeling and I still can't believe I actually won. There were some tough rounds but I used the Eagles to take advantage of Donovan McNabb.”

NFL players who attended the 2005 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Finals, included: Donnie Edwards (San Diego), Chad Johnson (Cincinnati), Shawne Merriman (San Diego), DeAngelo Hall (Atlanta),Tony Gonzalez (Kansas City), Donnie Edwards (San Diego), Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis), Darren Sharper (Minnesota), Warrick Dunn (Atlanta), and Lofo Tatupu (Seattle).

The 2005 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Tournament ran every weekend from Aug. 27-Dec. 11, 2005 and is the only Electronic Arts sanctioned public tournament competition in the celebrated 16-year history of the EA SPORTS Madden NFL Football videogame franchise.

The 2005 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Regional Tournament Winners included:


CITY CHAMP AGE Hometown
Troy Brown Las Vegas 21 Houston, TX
Robert Warren Phoenix 17 District Heights, MD
Patrick Stock Denver 14 Las Vegas, NV
Eugene Williams Kansas City 21 Philadelphia, PA
Michael Kamm Buffalo 18 Rochestor, NY
Ayan Tariq Boston 15 Ridgefield Park, NJ
Kevin Merritt New York 15 Deptford, NJ
Anthony Brinson Philadelphia 16 Clementon, NJ
Justin Chow Washington, D.C. 20 Great Falls, VA
Shayan Tariq Baltimore 19 Ridgefield Park, NJ
Stephen White Pittsburgh 19 Fort Washington, MD
James Lowe Cleveland 24 Baltimore, MD
Torrence Webster Detroit 16 Detroit, MI
Byron Matthews Chicago 27 Chicago, IL
Corleavrence Deshazer Green Bay 25 Schaumbure, IL
Jarvis Thompson Minneapolis 18 Marlboro, MD
Greg James Indianapolis 25 Hattiesburg, MS
Robert Reuss Cincinnati 15 Annapolis, MD
Haaruwn Brown St. Louis 18 Mobile, AL
Donald Mazzola Nashville 20 Federal Way, WA
Aaron J. Stocum Charlotte 17 Rochester, NY
Jet Steele Jacksonville 18 Tampa Bay, FL
William Lee Wolf Tampa Bay 18 Tallahassee, FL
Robert Wright Miami 29 Warrensville Heights, OH
Tommie Hill Atlanta 21 Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Shugart New Orleans 20 Donaldsville, LA
Toby Merchant Houston 30 Hayward, CA
Daniel Wilson Dallas 27 Lincoln, NE
Eric Verlarde San Diego 17 West Covina, CA
Lilrob Taylor Los Angeles 24 Youngstown, OH
Derek Kinder San Francisco 18 Napa, CA
Cory Pressley Seattle 18 Willingboro, NJ

Madden NFL 06, which is jointly licensed by the NFL and PLAYERS INC, has sold more than six million copies so far this year on eight platforms and Madden NFL Football is America’s best-selling sports videogame with more than 50 million copies sold in the 16 year history of the franchise. Best Buy and Microsoft were the official sponsors of the 2005 EA SPORTS Madden Challenge Tournament. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to NFL Youth Education Town (YET), an official NFL charity that provides high-tech educational and recreational centers designed to improve the academic, physical fitness, and job-related skills of at-risk youth. For additional information please check out http://www.maddenchallenge.com.

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