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Destineer Acquires Infogrames' MacSoft Business Unit



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 disclosed.

"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 immediately.

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.



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