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BSP acquisition

Shanghai-based outsourcing specialist Virtuos bags sound studio.

Shanghai, March 18th, 2009. Virtuos, one of the world’s largest video-game production service providers, announced today that it has acquired Besides Sound Production sound studio (BSP). Based in Shanghai, BSP is China’s leading provider of audio production for video games. This deal allows Virtuos to further expand its services offering to game companies.

Since its inception in 2004 by Founder and Audio Director Yang Jie (“Digimonk”), BSP has specialized in video games audio production exclusively and built a very strong reputation in China. BSP has worked on dozens of PC and console games for international and Chinese game publishers including 2K Games, 9You, Disney Interactive, Epic China, Netease, Tencent and Ubisoft. Yang Jie has been creating sounds and composing music for games for over 10 years : he is an Apple certified Audio Trainer and teaches digital audio & sound design at the renowned Shanghai Music Institute. He and his team of sound designers, composers and programmers will join Virtuos to form Virtuos Sound Studio. “I have known Virtuos’ CEO Gilles Langourieux and his management team for over 10 years ; by joining forces with Virtuos, I believe my team and I will find new resources to pursue the vision of Besides Sound Production farther”

After growing resources by 40% and revenues by 70% in 2008, Virtuos is anticipating another strong year of growth in 2009. This is fueled by strong demand in art and animation production, co-development projects and engineering services. With close to 450 staff, Virtuos has reached a scale which allows the company to provide critical services to multiple project teams simultaneously. The addition of a Sound team is aimed at offering a more complete line of services and covering a need for which there is very little trained talent available in China. It will also allow Virtuos to increase market share in Asia, by adding BSP’s impressive line of clients to Virtuos’ client list. “By combining Virtuos’ infrastructure with BSP’s expertise, we look forward to contribute to high-quality audio in many new titles for Chinese and International game developers alike” said Gilles Langourieux, CEO, virtuos.

For the 3rd year in a row, Virtuos will attend Game Connection America which takes place in San Francisco on March 24-26,2009, during the Game Developers Conference. Sound Director Yang Jie and CEO Gilles Langourieux will be present to discuss with clients and partners interested in Virtuos’ new sound production activities.

About Virtuos

Founded in December 04 in Shanghai by a group of veteran game developers led by former Head of Ubisoft China, Gilles Langourieux, Virtuos is one of the world’s largest game development outsourcing companies. Virtuos is specialized in providing game production services in 3D Art, development and QA to international clients who are looking to increase their production capacity, while keeping costs under control. Its clients include 14 of the top 20 game publishers in the world as well as renowned developers. Virtuos is backed by Legend Capital, the Venture Capital arm of China’s largest IT group.

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