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Atari Extends 'Dungeons & Dragons' License Until 2017

by Rainier on July 18, 2007 @ 4:26 p.m. PDT

Infogrames announced that it has signing a new agreement with Hasbro concerning the extension until 2017 of the exploitation of the IP rights to the Dungeons & Dragons universe, including NeverWinter Nights and Baldur's Gate, covering all interactive formats, including online and wireless.

Two new games have already been announced for fiscal 2007-2008: NeverWinter Nights 2 Expansion Pack for PC and Dungeons & Dragons Tactics for PSP. The agreement covers all current and future products that are part of this universe, including NeverWinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, etc.

On the other hand Hasbro purchased the digital gaming rights (online and wireless) to nine franchises (Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Game of Life, Clue, Yahtzee, Battleship, Boggle and Simon), for 19.5 million dollars, of which 4 million dollars shall be paid to Atari. This sale will have no significant impact on revenue for the current fiscal year.

"This agreement represents a reaffirmation of our partnership with Hasbro. It is an important step in our business strategy that will allow us to keep and strengthen a franchise with significant potential, while giving the Group additional resources to invest in the relaunch of its publishing business. Dungeons & Dragons is one of the Group's historic intellectual properties on which we plan to expand our business, relying on one of the largest and most active gamer communities in the world of video games," commented Patrick Leleu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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