Destineer Acquires Infogrames' MacSoft Business Unit
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- January 30, 2003 -- As announced earlier today by
Infogrames, Inc., its MacSoft® business unit has been acquired by Destineer,
Inc. Under the terms of the deal, Destineer has acquired from Infogrames all
rights to the MacSoft brand and all MacSoft-branded existing products and
products under development, as well as first rights to publish Macintosh
versions of future Infogrames' products. The majority of Infogrames' MacSoft
employees will join Destineer immediately. Terms of the transaction were not
"We are investing very aggressively in the Macintosh market right now
because we believe Mac OS X, iLife(TM) and other new Apple products are
energizing the Mac community," according to Destineer President Peter Tamte.
"In fact, MacSoft's titles from Infogrames and Microsoft this year will
give MacSoft the strongest one-year lineup of games in the history of the
Macintosh industry. 2003 is going to be a great year for Mac game players."
Destineer plans to publish at least 10 major Macintosh games under its
MacSoft label during 2003, including Master of Orion® III, Neverwinter
Nights(TM), Dungeon Siege(TM), Halo(TM), and at least six other games that have
not yet been announced publicly.
Destineer currently publishes Macintosh versions of Microsoft's most popular
Windows games under the "Bold, by Destineer" label. Destineer plans to
begin marketing all of its future Macintosh products under the MacSoft brand
MacSoft has been a major force in the Macintosh games business for over nine
years. MacSoft was started in 1993 as part of The WizardWorks Group, Inc. by
Peter Tamte, who is Destineer's president. Mr. Tamte left MacSoft to become
Apple Computer, Inc.'s senior director of worldwide consumer marketing and later
joined Bungie Software Products Corp. as executive vice president. After Bungie
was acquired by Microsoft in 2000, Mr. Tamte created Destineer.
About Destineer, Inc.
Destineer is a privately held developer and publisher of computer and video
games. The company's Destineer Studios is creating a next-generation 3D engine
and games for release on PCs, Macs, and videogame consoles, and the company
publishes many top-selling PC games for the Macintosh under the MacSoft label.
Neverwinter Nights is a trademark owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc., which
is a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. The Neverwinter Nights mark is used under
license by Infogrames Entertainment, S.A. Master of Orion®, Master of Orion
II® and Master of Orion III® are U.S. registered trademarks. Infogrames and
the Infogrames logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Infogrames
Entertainment, S.A. Microsoft, Dungeon Siege, and Halo are either trademarks or
registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other
countries. Macintosh is a registered trademark and iLife is a trademark of Apple
Computer, Inc. MacSoft is a registered trademark and Destineer and Bold are
trademarks of Destineer, Inc.