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Black Bean/Codemasters deal

European distribution sorted out for the likes of History: Great Empires Rome, Diabolik, SBK 09 and Superstars V8 Racing.

Milan, Italia – 17th April 2009 – Black Bean Games today announces a distribution agreement with Codemasters that will see a roster of Black Bean Games titles brought to market in key European territories including the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Central Europe as well as Benelux later on in the year.

The partnership concerns the distribution of the Nintendo DSTM titles History: Great Empires Rome, Ico Soccer and Astrology, the adventure game Diabolik: The Original Sin, released for home consoles, Black Bean’s motorbike annual racer SBK®09 World Championship that will be published for PlayStation® 2, PLAYSTATION® 3, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable), Xbox 360® and PC, while Superstars V8 Racing will be launched on the PLAYSTATION® 3, Xbox 360® and PC. All the titles are due by the end of Q2 2009.

“We strongly believe in this collaboration” commented Virgilio Bixio, President of Black Bean Games, “Codemasters represents a strategic partner in a period of growth for us as a publisher. Black Bean Games is working on a variety of very high quality IP, moving forward we are looking to acquire further strong licenses in order to establish our position in the international publishing arena. We’re working hard to create a real synergy between Black Bean Games, as part of the Leader Group, and Codemasters in order to develop a strong and highly fruitful partnership for the future.”

“Codemasters has a network of established European offices and distribution bases that will extend Black Bean’s product reach through key territories,” said Axel Herr, Senior Vice President, Publishing EPAC, Codemasters. “This will be a very positive partnership given that Black Bean Games offers a diverse range of original and established titles for the European market.”

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About Black Bean Games

Black Bean Games is the publishing label of Lago S.r.l., which is part of the Leader Group.

Leveraging 20 years of market experience and knowledge, Black Bean is ideally positioned to launch games coming both from internal and external development teams, harnessing strong licenses, original IPs and focussing on three main areas: Racing, Family & Lifestyle and Action Adventure games.

About Codemasters

Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DIRT, Race Driver GRID, Overlord and Operation Flashpoint; the company recently secured the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA 1. Codemasters id headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Universal City, Calif. The company also maintains operations in Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and Malaysia. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at

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