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INFOGRAMES and SPRINGTOYS TO DEVELOP PALM OS GAMES

by Rainier on June 14, 2001 @ 10:08 a.m. PDT

Big plans for Infogrames the past few days .. After the deal with Microsoft TV they know sign an agreement to conquer the handheld devices ...
Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM), the #2 third-party publisher of interactive entertainment in the world, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Finland’s Springtoys to develop a series of PalmOS games. Springtoys is a leading creator and enabler of mobile entertainment content and technology for developing and distributing compelling high-end wireless games.

Under the terms of the agreement, Springtoys will produce six PalmOS games from some of Infogrames’ most popular franchises, including Driver, Centipede, Asteroids, Deer Hunter, Pro Bass Fishing, and Beachhead 2000. The first games are scheduled to be available in the early summer of 2001.

“We are very pleased to be working with Springtoys to develop high-quality, branded entertainment content for the PDA platform,” commented Jon Leach, Vice President, Licensing for Infogrames Interactive, Inc. “More than 11 million people currently use PDA devices, making this a logical step to expand both our brand and audience reach, while simultaneously offering a value-added fun gaming experience to PDA consumers,” he said.

"Bringing these classic and popular games to Palm devices is a great opportunity," says Janne Turunen, CEO of Springtoys. "By partnering with a world-class publisher like Infogrames, which has a strong presence in the entertainment arena, we will further establish our position among the forerunners of the PDA game developers,” Turunen continued.

About Infogrames
Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is a leading publisher and distributor of video games for consoles (Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and Microsoft), personal computers and Macintosh systems. The Company’s award-winning franchises include Alone In The Dark™, Driver™, Deer Hunter™, Test Drive™, and Unreal™. Infogrames, Inc.’s Humongous Entertainment division is a leader in children’s entertainment software and its Macintosh publishing label, MacSoft®, is the number one publisher of Macintosh entertainment software. Based in New York, NY, Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (Euronext 5257) and serves as the headquarters for the company's operations in North America.

Founded in 1983, IESA is a global publisher and distributor of video games for all platforms, as well as interactive digital television, mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML) and in-flight entertainment systems. IESA recently acquired Infogrames Interactive, Inc. (formerly Hasbro Interactive), including its line of software based on well-known licenses such as Monopoly®, Jeopardy®, Tonka®, and Atari®, which are distributed in the U.S. by Infogrames, Inc.

For more information, visit Infogrames' US Web site.

About Springtoys
Springtoys, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is a recognized leader in creating innovative and creative mobile entertainment content and services, seamlessly integrated across a number of delivery platforms, including WAP, SMS, J2ME, SymbianOS and PalmOS. Springtoys also designs and licenses technology for developing and distributing compelling high-end wireless games. Springtoys provides entertainment content to e.g. Nokia, KPN Mobile, Terra Mobile-iobox, Orange and Zed. Founded in January 2000, Springtoys is owned by Sonera Corporation, Housemarque Inc., Eqvitec Partners, Wellington Partners, Shamrock, Enel and Springtoys management. Springtoys employs 75 professionals at its premises in Helsinki, London, Rovaniemi and Tampere. For further information, please visit their website.

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