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'Vivendi Universal' Acquires 'Massive Entertainment'

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2002 @ 6:34 p.m. PDT

The Games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, Vivendi Universal Games, announced today the acquisition of Massive Entertainment by its studio, NDA Productions (known for their Ground Control title).
This acquisition is part of the international strategy of VU Games, consisting in developing multi-platform interactive content primarily designed for regional European and Asian markets.

Founded in 1997, Massive Entertainment is a high quality interactive games development studio, based in Sweden. The studio's first game, "Ground Control" was critically acclaimed around the world for its innovative approach in the real time strategy genre. Further, the company has developed several integrated games for mobile phone, SMS and Wap platforms, and a number of additional titles for the PC.

"At VU Games, we have enjoyed a successful business relationship over the last couple of years with Massive Entertainment. " comments Christophe Ramboz, President & COO of Vivendi Universal Games International. "We are extremely confident that the combined forces of Massive Entertainment development skills and VU Games marketing expertise will bring value and great products to the market".

"Massive Entertainment will be the corner stone in the build-up process of NDA Productions in Europe. We are thrilled by the idea of working with such a talented team to build the greatest games of the coming years", says Dominique Cor CEO of NDA Productions.

"Joining VU Games gives us a unique opportunity to build Massive Entertainement into the top-one European development studio" says Martin Walfisz, CEO of Massive Entertainment.

Massive Entertainment will report to Dominique Cor, CEO of NDA Productions, a studio of the International Headquarters of Vivendi Universal Games.

About Vivendi Universal Publishing

Vivendi Universal Publishing publishes content in four major languages and has strong local brands. As the world's third largest publisher, the Company's key content areas include literature, reference, education and games. Vivendi Universal Publishing is a global leader in multi-platform interactive entertainment. A leading publisher of PC, console and online-based interactive content, its portfolio of development studios includes Black Label Games, Blizzard Entertainment, NDA Productions, Sierra Entertainment and Universal Interactive. Through its subsidiary VU Games, it distributes worldwide its interactive contents and co-publishes and/or distributes products for a number of strategic partners. VUP's digitization policy provides its content with a doorway to multi-platform international distribution giving the group a competitive edge in a changing market.

About Massive Entertainment

Massive Entertainment is a leading developer of games and interactive entertainment products for a worldwide market. Its world acclaimed PC game "Ground Countrol", launched in 2000, established Massive Entertainment as one of most innovative developer in the real time strategy genre. The company is based in Malmö, Sweden.

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