Press Release

Atari, Inc., one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, has teamed up with IGN and Scion to bring the Champions Online™ Character Creator Contest to gamers everywhere, giving them the chance at winning a brand new customized Scion! Cryptic Studios, the award winning developer of Champions Online, has created a custom character creation client to give players a chance to experience the power of total customization. Create the ultimate hero in Champions Online and you can win a brand new Scion – customized to reflect the individuality of your hero!

IGN users will vote on the ultimate Champion to determine the winner, so sign up today by visiting  Users will be instructed to do the following:

1.     Register an account with Champions Online (no purchase necessary)
2.     Enter the Contest on
3.     Download and install the character creator
4.     Create your champions in the character creator and submit

Qualified users will be able to create and submit their own uniquely customized characters. There is no need to purchase Champions Online to enter the contest and each contestant may submit up to five entries. IGN will pare down the submission pool to the top 200 characters, with Cryptic selecting the best ten for IGN to post online. Online users vote for their favorite, and the winner will not only have his or her character integrated in a future content expansion of Champions Online but will also receive a Scion.

Contest participants must be legal U.S. residents 18 years or older and must register with both IGN and Cryptic. IGN collects/verifies contest’s legal requirements (ex. age, residence). The contest requires the Cryptic Launcher. For gamers not currently playing Champions Online, there will be a contest specific installer available for download from IGN. For current players, simply connect to the contest ‘shard’ to automatically install a small patch.  The shard is only available after registering for the contest with IGN. Entrants must be online to create and submit their characters.

About Atari:
The Atari group, mainly comprised of the Atari brand, Atari catalogue of IPs, Cryptic Studios Inc., Eden Games and its newly created London studio, is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all market segments and all interactive game platforms including consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, advanced smartphones, Personal Computers, web and online.  Its games are sold in more than 50 countries through an international distribution network; Atari also distributes video games notably in North America, through its US subsidiary Atari Inc. and direct to consumers via

Atari benefits from an extensive catalogue of popular games based on original franchises (Test Drive, Alone in the Dark, My Horse & Me, Backyard Sports franchise, Total Annihilation, etc.), Cryptic Studios titles (Star Trek Online, Champions Online), publishing properties (Ghostbusters, The Chronicles of Riddick, Race Pro etc.), international licenses (Dungeons & Dragons, Jamie Oliver etc.) and classic games covering the entire history of the video game industry (Pong, Missile Command, Asteroids etc).

About Cryptic Studios
Based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online games committed to delivering the next level of MMO gameplay. Cryptic develops AAA titles for PC and consoles, including Star Trek Online and Champions Online. For more information on Cryptic Studios, please visit the official website at:


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


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