NEW YORK, NY—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 15, 2003–New York City based Ruido Group (http://www.ruidogroup.com) has been retained by Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company and video game publisher to provide strategic and marketing communications support in bringing the breadth and scope of EA’s FIFA Soccer 2004 videogame title to the nation’s growing Latino youth and young adult markets. Ruido Group is part of Latin Vox Communications (http://www.lvcholdings.com), a 100% minority-owned holding company of Hispanic advertising and marketing agencies.
The contract will commence immediately with the launch of the EA SPORTS(TM) authentic soccer simulation videogame, FIFA Soccer 2004. The game is set to be released in the fall of 2003 as the most complete and authentic fútbol soccer experience for the Playstation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and PC-CD platforms. The game also includes the first-time ever addition of a multitude of licensed Latin American teams, including leagues from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
Ruido Group will communicate the FIFA Soccer 2004 product experience to Latino fútbol soccer and gaming fans through an integrated marketing and communications campaign that will include public relations, product integration, media, interactive grassroots marketing, and media promotions. The campaign will also speak to the rapidly growing Hispanic online population through EA’s Internet-based gaming platform where they will be able to play FIFA Soccer 2004 in real-time with other online users.
“This is our first integrated effort reaching out to the nation’s Latino market, and we’re pleased to do it with a great product such as FIFA Soccer 2004 that pays tribute to a sport so loved by this community, as well as their favorite teams from Mexico, the rest of Latin America, and Europe,” commented, Matt Bilbey Worldwide Product Manager for FIFA Soccer 2004.
“We selected Ruido Group because of their innovative and culturally relevant perspective and strategic marketing ideas for this product,“ said Brian Coleman, Director of Marketing for EA SPORTS.
“Fútbol is more than a sport—it’s a cultural movement with millions of passionate fans that conveys the energy and passion of Latino culture. We share in the excitement around this product launch,” commented Phil Colón, Ruido Group Managing Director and co-founder. “Ruido is also proud to be working with EA SPORTS, the undisputed global champion in their category, and we’re committed to making FIFA Soccer 2004 a Latino market favorite.”
FIFA Soccer 2004 is the only official licensed videogame that lets consumers play with more than 10,000 actual players from 350 real soccer teams and 17 leagues in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, including the most renowned teams and stars from Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The new edition also highlights features that will absolutely blow the minds of even your most seasoned gaming enthusiasts.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA GAMES(TM), and EA SPORTS BIG(TM). EA’s homepage and online game site is http://www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
About Ruido Group
Ruido Group (http://www.ruidogroup.com) is the first integrated advertising and marketing agency focusing exclusively on the Latino Youth and Young Adult Market, and is an integrated company of the LVC (Latin Vox Communications) network. Ruido Group provides clients a full suite of advertising and marketing services, including research and strategy, advertising, interactive marketing, consumer public relations, launch events, and promotions among others.
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