Rock Band, MTV team with Paramount for Star Trek promotion

MTV Games and Harmonix's Rock Band game are joining forces with Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment to promote the May 8 theatrical release of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek with a 15-day sweepstakes that will give away 500 free Rock Band Music Store downloads each day from April 7 through April 21 for the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3.

Fans will also be able to compete in Rock Band 2's online Battle of the Bands mode to participate in the Star Trek Ultimate Battle. Bands of three to four players can battle the Rock Band galaxy. The band with the highest score will win a hometown movie screening for their band and their friends. Additionally, 20 randomly selected players will win a Star Trek/Rock Band prize pack. The Battle of the Bands component will begin on April 20 and run through April 27.

The promotion will culminate when the first-ever avatar creation contest launches on April 27. Fans will be asked to create a futuristic avatar in-game and export it to RockBand.com for the community and Harmonix team to judge the winner. The Duke of Gravity will ultimately decide which avatar will win. The winner will be chosen on May 11 and win "The Future Is Now" prize pack, including the top-of-the-line Rock Band game accessories.

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