Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) has launched the SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS Videogame Soundtrack Talent Search," a nationwide talent contest running on MySpace.com that will reward the best unsigned music talent in North America with the chance to have a song featured in the upcoming SCARFACE videogame and the opportunity to perform in front of music and videogame industry leaders at a major concert event in Hollywood. The nomination process is now open at www.myspace.com/scarfacegame.
By nominating and voting for their favorite unsigned MySpace Music artist, MySpace users will choose a winner to be featured in SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS, which is due out this fall, alongside some of today's hottest music artists. In addition, the winner and two runner-ups will be flown to Los Angeles to open for a major label headline act at a concert event during this year's videogame tradeshow, E3. More than a thousand people will attend the concert including executives from Interscope/MySpace Records and VU Games, celebrities, tastemakers, fans and press.
"There is no question that music continues to play a pivotal role in video games and video games continue to play a pivotal role in promoting new artists to a wide audience," said Cindy Cook, chief strategy and marketing officer for VU Games. "Through this contest, we are giving musicians an unprecedented opportunity to be seen and heard by potentially millions of fans worldwide as well as the opportunity to be associated with this year's most anticipated video game and one of Hollywood's most iconic characters."
To be considered for the contest, musicians must have a profile that includes musical tracks and artist information on MySpace Music (music.myspace.com).
The top 200 artists nominated by the MySpace community by March 7, 2006, will have their music heard by a panel of music and videogame industry judges, who will determine 20 finalists. On March 20, one track from each finalist will be posted on the SCARFACE MySpace profile for a final round of voting to determine the winner. The track with the most votes by March 28, will be featured in the SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS videogame.
For more information about SCARFACE: THE WORLD IS YOURS, visit www.scarfacegame.com.
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