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SOE-Denver Creates Online Version of Popular Collectible Game

DENVER, CO - December 14, 2006 - Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, announced that an online version of the Pirates constructible strategy game (CSG) is available for purchase via digital download at www.piratesgameonlinecom.

Developed by SOE-Denver, Pirates CSG Online is based on WizKids' successful and critically acclaimed constructible tabletop strategy game, where players use die-cut cards to construct 3D galleons, sloops and frigates and plunder the high seas in search of treasure. Similarly, the digital version of the CSG allows players to build and customize fleets, explore islands for treasure and attack fellow online buccaneers for their booty. Players can also communicate in real time with opponents and allies to trade treasure and ships to round out their collections.

"Bringing the immensely popular Pirates CSG to 3D online play is the next step in collectible gaming," said Scott Martins, director of development, SOE-Denver. "We've taken the fun of high seas treasure hunting and ship-to-ship combat and made it accessible to a worldwide audience in a shared experience."

A variety of Digital Starter Packs are available for $9.99; each contains five ships, including two Limited Edition bonus ships from the Pirates of Davy Jones Curse CSG. Registration Packages range in price from $6.99 to $39.99, and include ships, crew, access to tournaments and other special events, unlimited play of the digital Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold board game, and the ability to trade ships and crew from your fleet with other players. Game packs for expanding player fleets are also available for download for $3.99 each.

A free trial version of the Pirates CSG Online game is available at and includes the game tutorial and access to practice games in a Casual Game lobby.

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

About WizKids

WizKids is a Seattle-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating tabletop games driven by imagination. Its HeroClix® and Pirates brands are among the most successful games on the market today, and the company has sold hundreds of millions of game pieces worldwide. For additional information, visit

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

®2006 WizKids Inc. All rights reserved. HeroClix, Pirates of Davy Jones' Curse, Pirates: Quest for Davy Jones' Gold and WizKids are trademarks of WizKids Inc.

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