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Crash Tag Team Racing Launches on Cingular Wireless in North America

Vivendi Universal Games and I-Play Team-Up to Expand the Wildly Popular Crash Bandicoot Franchise for Mobile Gamers

SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) and I-play, today announced that the mobile version of Crash Tag Team Racing(TM) has launched on Cingular Wireless. I-play has exclusive North American mobile game rights to distribute VU Games' Crash Tag Team Racing mobile release.

After being humiliated yet again by Crash Bandicoot at the end of Twinsanity, Dr. Neo Cortex returns to his evil scheming in his dilapidated Iceberg Lair. He hatches a sinister plan to challenge Crash to a seemingly friendly race competition...with plans of crushing the hapless bandicoot under the ruins of the hazardous racetrack! Based on the video game Crash Tag Team Racing, Crash Racing provides the unique opportunity to fuse two cars together on the fly to form a super vehicle outfitted with a turret gun to clear the road of all traffic!

Developed by VU Games, Crash Tag Team Racing features a unique 'fusion' capability that allows players to equip their vehicle with a heavy weapon to clear off the road. With unlimited ammunition and enhanced speed, this should be easy! Players have access to four different vehicles, one for each of the four characters; 12 different fusion possibilities; three environments: Egypt, Castles and Pirates; two game modes: - Tournament and Single Race; as well as nine different races to complete! There is also a 3D version of the game for next-generation handsets.

"VU Games is excited to deliver Crash Tag Team Racing to wireless, as the Crash franchise overall has been very well received with mobile gamers," said Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, VU Games. "Crash Tag Team Racing mobile offers a fun and engaging interactive experience that will appeal to gamers of all ages."

Anders Evju, General Manager - Americas, I-play commented: "Crash has an appeal across many age demographics: kids, teenagers, adults, and both boys and girls, men and women. As one of the most popular characters in gaming today, we are proud and excited to team with VU Games to bring the third mobile game in the Crash series to fans."

About I-play

I-play, the mobile games company, brings the best in mobile entertainment to a mobile gaming audience of over one billion people via mobile operators, retail stores and online portals, including http://www.iplay.com/. I-play has been creating mobile games since 1998 and continues to spearhead the creation of games for the next generation. As one of the world's longest established and respected creators of mobile entertainment, the I-play brand stands for quality and the best in mobile development. Working with the best media and entertainment brands I-play is dedicated to fulfilling the promise of the mobile phone as the first truly mass-market electronic entertainment platform.

I-play's investors are Apax Partners and Argo Global Capital. I-play is headquartered in London, with European Regional HQ in Dunfermline, Scotland and North American Regional HQ in San Mateo, California as well as sales offices in Paris, Hamburg, Madrid, Rome, New York and Singapore.

For more information, please call +44 (0) 20 7901 1760 or visit us at http://www.iplay.com/

I-play is a trademark and trading name of Digital Bridges Limited. Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)

Vivendi Universal Games (http://www.vugames.com/) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment(R), Radical Entertainment(TM), Sierra(R) Entertainment, Massive Entertainment(TM) and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(R) from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(R), and Ground Control(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

Vivendi Universal Games

CONTACT: Erik Reynolds of VU Games, +1-310-431-4530,
[email protected]; or Annabel Brog of I-play, + 44 (0) 20 7901 1770,
[email protected]

Web site: http://www.vugames.com/

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