Toronto, Canada - August 18, 2008 - TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V: TNG), today announced an agreement with leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), to enable the award-winning title, Jade Empire™ Special Edition, for the Mac. TransGaming's digital distribution portal, GameTree Online (www.gametreeonline.com), will make the title available immediately to the Mac community for purchase via direct download.
Jade Empire Special Edition is set in an ancient and mysterious world where players can choose to act as a noble hero or treacherous villain by following the path of the 'Open Palm' or the 'Closed Fist'. Players will face powerful human and supernatural foes, learn magical martial arts and weapons styles, and discover the darkest secrets of the world. Jade Empire Special Edition engages users with its rich story line and optimizes the gaming experience with graphical upgrades, enhanced resolution and exclusive content. Jade Empire™ has won numerous awards including Game of the Year, RPG of the Year, Best Story, Best Sound and Best Original Soundtrack (jade.bioware.com/awards_reviews/).
Jade Empire Special Edition for Mac was made possible using TransGaming's Cider™ Portability Engine, that acts as a "wrapper" around the game software, enabling it to run seamlessly on Intel-based Macs. The partnership extends TransGaming's publishing and developer network and offers both parties a revenue-sharing model related to Mac game sales.
"The addition of Jade Empire Special Edition to GameTree Online illustrates the commitment TransGaming and leading developers like BioWare have in serving the Mac gaming community with high quality games," commented Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming. "Our Cider technology allows us to rapidly enable and deploy high quality games and Jade Empire Special Edition is another example of the exceptional calibre of games we are pleased to be delivering to the ever growing Mac gaming community."
Jade Empire Special Edition is rated "M" for Mature. To download and play the Mac version today, visit www.gametreeonline.com/bioware/jade-empire/.
About TransGaming, Inc.
TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V: TNG), is a leader in the development of unique software portability products that facilitate the deployment of games across multiple platforms. TransGaming's portability technologies significantly reduce the time-to-market for and costs associated with multi-platform game releases. TransGaming works with many of the industry's leading developers and publishers to enable their games on the Mac and Linux operating systems, and currently markets its products under four brand names: Cider™ (Mac Gaming), Cedega™ (Linux Gaming), SwiftShader™ (Graphics Rendering) and GameTreeOnline.com (Digital Retail). TransGaming is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and maintains a research and development center in Ottawa, Canada. To learn more about TransGaming's products visit www.transgaming.com.
BioWare develops computer, console, handheld and online video games focused on rich stories and memorable characters. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's best-selling titles including the award-winning Baldur's Gate™ and Neverwinter Nights™ series, and Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™. Original BioWare-created IPs include Jade Empire™ and the 2007 Game of the Year, Mass Effect™. With studios in Edmonton, Canada, and Austin, Texas, BioWare is hard at work on the epic fantasy RPG, Dragon Age™: Origins and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for the Nintendo DS™, as well as several unannounced projects including a massively multiplayer online game.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS Freestyle™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2008, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.67 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at info.ea.com.
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