A Million Votes Cast in Nationwide Search for Video Game Diva
'Quest for Antonia' Attracts Nearly 150 Hopeful EverQuest® II Spokesmodels
SAN DIEGO and NEW YORK
Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, announced today that more than one million votes have been cast in the nationwide "Quest for Antonia" search as the final days of the contest come to a close. Nearly 150 women have submitted photos online at www.QuestForAntonia.com in hopes of being discovered by SOE and Stuff Magazine as the woman who most resembles the electrifying video game heroine Antonia Bayle from the incredibly popular online video game, EverQuest® II.
"Women from all walks of life have entered the search with aspirations of becoming the real life Antonia from EverQuest II -- including girl gamers, professional models, housewives and even centerfolds," according to Laura Naviaux, senior brand manager, Sony Online Entertainment. "This shows the universal appeal and popularity that online gaming -- and especially the EverQuest brand -- has achieved."
Photo submissions and online voting for contestants continues through midnight, July 11, 2005. After which, SOE and Stuff Magazine executives will select five (5) finalists and up to three (3) alternates from the top 30 vote recipients in the online portion of the contest (based upon an average of their scores from the votes each entrant received).
The online entrants chosen as finalists, as well as alternates, will be announced shortly thereafter and notified promptly. Finalists will be interviewed and required to submit a videotape of themselves. The five finalists will be flown to Las Vegas for the star-studded Stuff Magazine Casino Weekend 4 party extravaganza.
This is the first-ever nationwide model search with the goal of finding a woman who looks like an online video game character. Once discovered, the new Antonia will be offered a one-year modeling contract with SOE, a photo layout in the pages of Stuff Magazine, and other prizes. The winner will be announced at Stuff Magazine's Casino Weekend 4 at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas in August at the conclusion of a pageant-style competition complete with a swimsuit contest and interview portion that is expected to be judged by celebrities, Stuff's editorial staff and SOE representatives.
For official rules and photo submission guidelines, go to www.QuestForAntonia.com.
ABOUT EverQuest II
EverQuest II is the next generation of massively multiplayer gaming, a huge online world where thousands of players come together for adventure and community. Featuring breathtaking graphics and a vast, beautiful game world to explore, as well as voices for almost all non-player characters, EverQuest II sets new standards in gameplay and immersion. EverQuest II brings players into its world with a powerful epic storyline and gives them the power to be the hero or villain in their personal adventure. Players will encounter hundreds of creatures as they travel across majestic landscapes of rolling hills, barren deserts, dense forests, and bustling cities. Thousands of
items, hundreds of spells, and unlimited adventure await all who enter the world of EverQuest II.
ABOUT DENNIS PUBLISHING
Dennis Publishing, Inc. is a media company that publishes the two most successful modern men's lifestyle magazines in America -- Maxim (2.5 million rate base) and Stuff (1.3 million rate base) -- along with general interest music magazine Blender (Advertising Age's Launch of the Year/2005 Hit List), and The Week, a distillation of the week's most important news and opinion from the US and international media. Maxim, Stuff, Blender and The Week are registered trademarks of Felix Dennis. Maxim Radio is broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 145.
ABOUT SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath™, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™: An Empire Divided™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.
EverQuest is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. SOE, the SOE logo and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.
SOURCE: Sony Online Entertainment
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Web site: http://www.questforantonia.com/