06 August 2002
For immediate release
6th August 2002
('Warthog' or 'the Group')
WARTHOG SIGNS WITH THQ INTERNATIONAL TO DEVELOP ITS FIRST I-MODE GAMES FOR
Warthog plc has today announced that it has won a contract from THQ Mobile to
develop a game based on their MotoGP licence for mobile platforms.
The contract marks Warthog's first movement into i-mode games, but will also
Involve MotoGP games for WAP and SMS platforms. MotoGP is a motorcycle racing
game based upon the MotoGP world championship.
The SMS version works by firing messages back and forth between the server and
the player for each decision made. The WAP version, features graphics of the
action and a slick, easy to use interface. On i-mode the game runs, faster,
smoother and in colour.
i-mode, a brand and mobile internet access system owned by NTT-DoCoMo, is one
of the world's most successful services offering wireless web browsing and
e-mail from mobile phones. It is estimated that there are over 30 Million
i-mode users worldwide.
Tim Coupe, Warthog's VP of Mobile and Hand Held Games, commented:
' MotoGP is a phenomenal brand, the F1 of motobike racing, and we are excited to
produce these games. Our first i-mode contract marks another milestone in our
technical progression within the mobile entertainment market.'
' I am very pleased with our progress in the dynamic mobile market and this
second contract with THQ demonstrates the ongoing success of our relationship.'
Adam Comiskey, European Director, THQ Mobile, added:
'Warthog has done an excellent job on the first Streetfighter games and I am
delighted to strengthen this partnership with the award of this second contract.
Andrew Gething 0161 608 1200
Corporate Development - Warthog plc
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Merlin Financial Communications
Notes to Editors
Warthog plc is one of Europe's leading independent games software developers.
The Company, based in Manchester, UK was established in 1997 and has been
profitable since creation. Warthog prides itself on its highly experienced 200
strong development team, whose combined experience covers more than 1500 games
titles across all major platforms and most games genres.
At present, the Company is working with numerous high profile licensees to
develop video game versions of such entities as Robot Wars, Tiny Toon
Adventures, Animaniacs and X-Men as well as its own game creations Mace Griffin
Bounty Hunter and X10. Further to developing games across all platforms,
Warthog retains strong relationships with major international publishers across
the industry, including Microsoft, THQ, Electronic Arts, Activision, Crave, SCi,
BBC and Infogrames. Warthog's first mobile game was successfully published in
Warthog plc successfully floated on the Alternative Investment Market on the 1st
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