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GLOBAL VR Set to Begin Need For Speed™ Underground Cash Prize Tournaments

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 29, 2005 - GLOBAL VRŽ recently announced the commercial availability of the highly anticipated Need for Speed Underground game for the coin-op market and now has added hit title to the growing list of GLOBAL VR Cash Prize Tournament games. The addition of the game to the GLOBAL VR Tournament System gives players the opportunity to enjoy exciting driving action as well the chance to participate in large cash prize tournaments.

GLOBAL VR is known for its hugely successful Tournament Program currently available on PGA TOURŽ GOLF, and MADDEN NFL™ Football. The addition of Need for Speed Underground Tournaments gives GLOBAL VR the distinction of being the largest provider of tournament games in the coin-op industry. "We've given this a lot of thought," stated Wes Harris, GLOBAL VR's Director of Product Marketing. "The key to getting players in the game is getting a player card in their hand." He went on the reveal; "We've solved that issue by making PLAYERS' CARDS available at the cabinet itself. Players can purchase a card and have it immediately by using the card dispenser that is available on all new dedicated games as well as upgraded Need for Speed cabinets."

The first U.S. cash prize tournament is currently running and will conclude the 30th of June. Each following month GLOBAL VR will sponsor a Tournament where the best time gets the big prize! U.S. Operators need only get their cabinets connected to allow players to participate in the tournament where a $5,000 prize pool is at stake. In addition, Wednesday Racing begins June 29th. Players will enjoy being able to drive for the prize in this 24-hour event and locations will appreciate players getting out on a slow night. Wednesday Racing is scheduled to run weekly and offers players a portion of a $1,000 prize pool.

To provide even more competitive events for race fans, operators may choose to set their own local tournaments. An online username and password makes this very simple to set up and lucrative to run. To help with the promotion of tournament events, operators can order posters, counter cards, table tents, floor graphics, flyers and other materials at the GLOBAL IMPACT online operator store at

Need for Speed Underground dedicated games and Need for Speed Underground upgrade kits are shipping NOW and are all tournament ready. For more information on Tournaments or other GLOBAL VR contact your local distributor or GLOBAL VR at 408-597-3400 or visit GLOBAL VR's website at

For further information please contact:

Global VR Marketing Department
Phone: (408) 597-3400
Fax: (408) 597-3431


Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Jose, California, GLOBAL VRŽ is the world's leading manufacturer of coin-operated video games based on home gaming technology. With an exploding home gaming market, GLOBAL VRŽ is leveraging massive investment in development of home games and triggering a renaissance in the out-of-home video game industry. GLOBAL VRŽ has development agreements with the world's leading game publishers Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Atari (NASDAQ:ATAR) that provide exclusive rights to create coin-op versions of popular home games such as EA SPORTS™ PGA TOURŽ Golf, EA GAMES™ Need for Speed™, Beach Head and Operation Blockade.

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