EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, November 8, 2004 - BioWare Corp. was awarded the prestigious title of "Game Developer of the Year" at the Billboard 2004 Digital Entertainment Awards Gala (http://www.digitalentertainmentawards.com) on November 5, 2004. The award is given to the developer showing the best body of work distributed on any platform or combination of platforms over the last year. The 2003 Game of the Year Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on PC and Xbox, as well as expansion packs for the hit Neverwinter Nights series, greatly contributed to the company's success over that time period.
As the video-game industry continues to experience impressive growth and acceptance as mainstream entertainment, BioWare maintains its position as a leader in the development of story-focused role-playing games for PC and console systems. BioWare faced tremendous competition in this category, beating out other excellent development studios like Maxis, Pandemic Studios, and Ubisoft Montreal to claim the title of Game Developer of the Year.
"It is a great honor to be named Game Developer of the Year at the 2004 Billboard Entertainment Awards" said Dr. Greg Zeschuk, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp. "This award is truly a testament to the hard work of our entire staff, comprised of the most talented, creative, and original people in the world. This award recognizes their fantastic efforts over the last few years. "
"We're certainly thrilled about this award, and we are also excited about the future" added Dr. Ray Muzyka, Joint CEO of BioWare Corp. "With titles like the martial-arts action-RPG Jade Empire-to be published by Microsoft on the Xbox in March 2005-and the epic fantasy PC-RPG Dragon Age, as well as another unannounced title on the way, all based on new BioWare-created and owned intellectual properties, it is an exciting time for the company. Other exciting projects are underway within our Technology Architecture Group, working on our next-generation BioWare Eclipse EngineTM technology for PC and console; and the BioWare Community/Live Team, working on digital distribution initiatives."
More information about BioWare can be found at the official BioWare website (http://www.bioware.com), where visitors can join the nearly 2.2 million users already registered to discuss the company's past and future products.
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BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company that develops computer and console games. BioWare's developers are currently hard at work on Jade EmpireTM, a BioWare-created intellectual property to be published by Microsoft for the Xbox in Q1 2005; Dragon AgeTM, a PC RPG set in a brand new world created and owned by BioWare; and an unannounced next-generation title based on yet another BioWare-created intellectual property. BioWare's Technology Architecture Group (TAG) is also developing its next-generation BioWare Eclipse EngineTM technology. BioWare has an online fan community consisting of nearly 2.2 million registered users that connect to discuss the company's current and future games. Star Wars:® Knights of the Old RepublicTM, released July 18, 2003 for the Xbox and November 18, 2003 for PC, is currently enjoying critical praise and great commercial success with its opening weekend launch ending with Microsoft proclaiming the title as the fastest-selling Xbox game in history. Previously published projects include: the award-winning Neverwinter NightsTM series, the genre-defining Baldur's GateTM role-playing game series for the PC, MDKTM2 for Dreamcast and PC, MDKTM2: Armageddon for PlayStation®2 and Shattered SteelTM. BioWare information can be found online at www.bioware.com.
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