Westwood Studios Hosts Over 300,000 Games of Command & Conquer Red Alert on Westwood Chat

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Westwood expects more than one million games played online by end of January

Las Vegas, NV, January 21, 1997 - Westwood Studios, the company behind the number one computer game in the country, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, announced today that it has hosted over 300,000 multi-player games of Red Alert on Westwood Chat, the company's free Internet gaming service.

"Red Alert's phenomenal success at retail has carried over to our online gaming service, Westwood Chat," said Brett W. Sperry, president and co-founder of Westwood Studios. "Red Alert presents the perfect scenario for multi-player gaming, give players the opportunity to dominate the planet, and let them fight it out to determine who is the best. Between Westwood Chat, TEN and MPlayer, we expect more than one million online games of Red Alert to be have been played by the end of January."

In the six weeks since Red Alert shipped, Westwood's servers have been overwhelmed by gamers using the game's easy, one-button access to Westwood Chat. Once connected, players can chat with others online, set-up games, choose sides, determine the maps to play and then go to war.

"Playing Red Alert on Westwood Chat adds a whole new element to the game," continued Sperry. "Nothing online matches the intensity of conquering the world when you know that you are leaving real people quivering in front of their computers."

Red Alert, which sold in to retailers a record 1.5 million copies in its first six weeks of availability, is the latest installment in the Command & Conquer Universe of Games. In Red Alert, game players are thrust into an alternate reality where Stalin, instead of Hitler, rises to power. Gamers have the option to play as either the Allies or the Soviets. Each side has unique weaponry and technology that drive the distinct strategies players need to win. With over 40 missions, fully rendered action sequences, and live video footage, Red Alert provides hours of exciting and addictive solo and multi-player game play.

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Westwood Studios is a prominent publisher of best-selling PC, Mac and next-generation console games. Formed in 1985, Westwood Studios has consistently released popular titles including: Dune II, the Kyrandia adventure trilogy, Lands of Lore, the Command & Conquer game series and Monopoly CD-ROM with Internet capabilities. All of Westwood Studios' title have sold more than 250,000 units world-wide, with Command & Conquer and Red Alert selling more than 2.8 million units combined. Westwood has released versions of Command & Conquer for Sega Saturn, Macintosh, DOS and Windows 95 platforms, and plans to release a version for Sony PlayStation.

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