NEWS - Thursday, May 19, 2005

Xbox 360 Giveaway!

Xbox 360 Giveaway—Every 10 Minutes for 9 Weeks! Microsoft® and Pepsi-Cola® North America announced a U.S. promotion to put Xbox 360™, the next-generation videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, into the hands of thousands of lucky people before the console hits store shelves. Beginning August 28, 2005, Mountain Dew (Pepsi’s intense citrus soft drink) and Xbox will select a winner of an Xbox 360 console every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for nine weeks straight. To play, consumers will collect codes found under the caps of Mountain Dew and other participating Pepsi products and enter codes in a personal online account at Participants will be able to choose which 10-minute drawing to enter and can then spread codes across different drawings or stockpile codes and put them all toward one drawing. In addition, codes entered will automatically earn the participants points toward obtaining collectible merchandise and gear. Gaming industry executives attending this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles will get an exclusive opportunity to be among the first 10 people to have a chance to win an Xbox 360 through a special “Peel-to-Play” contest. Free 20-ounce bottles of Mountain Dew containing game pieces produced exclusively for the event will be distributed to E3 attendees on Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19. In addition to the 10 Xbox 360 consoles, winning game pieces will be good for Xbox games, Mountain Dew T-shirts, hats, and other prizes. "The launch of the Xbox 360 is the most anticipated event that will happen in gaming this year,” said Dave Burwick, senior vice president and CMO, Pepsi-Cola North America. “We are thrilled to partner with Microsoft and reward our loyal Mountain Dew consumers with the hottest new gaming technology before anyone can buy it in stores, in a way that only Dew can do it." "We are excited about teaming up with Pepsi-Cola to turn up the volume on the Xbox 360 excitement,” said Mitch Koch, corporate vice president, Xbox Worldwide Retail Sales. “Our co-marketing relationship is based on our commitment to deliver entertaining, top-of-the-line promotions to our customers." About Pepsi Mountain Dew is a product of Purchase, N.Y.-based Pepsi-Cola North America, the refreshment beverage unit of PepsiCo Inc. in the United States and Canada. In addition to Mountain Dew, its U.S. brands include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Edge, Pepsi ONE, Pepsi Wild Cherry, Pepsi Twist, Pepsi Vanilla, Diet Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Code Red, Mountain Dew LiveWire, Sierra Mist, Sierra Mist Free, Mug, Slice, Aquafina, Dole single-serve juices, Tropicana Juice Drinks, and SoBe. The company also makes and markets North America's bestselling ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees, respectively, via joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks. About Xbox 360 Xbox 360 is the next-generation videogame and entertainment system that places gamers at the center of the experience. Available this holiday season in Europe, Japan, and North America, Xbox 360 will ignite a new era of digital entertainment that is always connected, always personalized, and always in high definition.


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