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Vivendi - Simon & Schuster Teams Up

by Thomas on Aug. 1, 2002 @ 9:32 a.m. PDT

Vivendi Universal Publishing today announced that it has signed an exclusive North American distribution agreement with Viacom's digital entertainment unit Simon & Schuster Interactive (S&SI). Through VU Publishing's Games division (VU Games), the company will distribute interactive products published by S&SI over the next two years. "North American Distribution Rights for Several New Games, Includes Outlaw Golf and Eve Online"

"Outlaw Golf is the first title we distributed under the new agreement, and currently, the game is a top performer at retail as one of the top 10 releases for Xbox," said Philip W. O'Neil, SVP of Marketing & Sales, North America for VU Games. "The quality of Simon & Schuster's product roster is right in-line with the caliber of our games portfolio, so we have high expectations for this partnership."

New PC and console-based releases distributed by VU Games will include: Eve Online (PC), a massively multi-player online game (MMOG); Darkened Skye (GameCube), a fast paced action adventure with a clever attitude; Outlaw Golf (Xbox and GameCube), a great golf game with a outrageous, and irreverent sense of humor; Outlaw Volleyball (Xbox), a clever, sassy twist on the familiar sport; Real War: Rogue States (PC) a continuation of the popular real time strategy series; and Seablade (Xbox), an action combat adventure with futuristic flying ships.

"Vivendi Universal Games proved their extraordinary distribution network as they more than doubled the number of units shipped at launch for Outlaw Golf within two weeks," said Gilles Dana, President of Simon & Schuster Interactive. "Our latest agreement with VU Games is the culmination of an eight year relationship and reflects the growth of the industry and Vivendi Universal Games' rise to dominance as distribution force."

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