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Capcom Acquires Full 'MotoGP' License, 'MotoGP 08' (ALL) Revealed

by Rainier on March 31, 2008 @ 1:50 a.m. PDT

Capcom confirmed that it has secured a 5 year exclusive worldwide rights to publish official videogames on the World’s premier motorcycling championship, MotoGP, expanding its previous Playstation only license across all hardware platforms.

As part of this new agreement Capcom intends to initially publish titles based on the 2008 MotoGP season for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC and the PS2 2 - plus versions for mobile handsets.

MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grands Prix hosted around the globe. It features the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Aprilia, who provide machinery for the world’s best riders, including reigning World Champion Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa.

The 2008 grid also includes Japan’s Shinya Nakano, plus newcomers for the new season, such as 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and last year’s World Superbike Champion, James Toseland, from the UK.

Commenting on the announcement Mark Beaumont, executive vice president, officer and head of Capcom consumer software publishing in the Americas and Europe said: "We are really excited to have signed this long term agreement with Dorna Sports, which for the first time grants one publisher worldwide multi-platform rights to the adrenaline fuelled world of MotoGP. We feel this move to a single publisher will greatly benefit our ability to develop titles that deliver greater authenticity and excitement to the consumer."

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to MotoGP commented: "Capcom has already shown its ability to deliver a title that captures the essence of MotoGP and we look forward to working with them over the next five years."

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