London - April 12, 2006 - Capcom®, a leading developer and publisher of videogames today confirmed that it has secured the PlayStation® format rights to publish official videogames based on the adrenaline fuelled motor sport, MotoGP. The first game to be published under the terms of this agreement will be MotoGP '07 (working title) due for release this autumn on the PlayStation® 2 entertainment system.
MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grands Prix from around the globe and featuring the world's top motorcycle manufacturers including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM and Aprilia plus the world's best riders such as Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Makoto Tamada and Casey Stoner.
Commenting on the announcement Mark Beaumont, executive vice president, officer and head of Capcom consumer software publishing in the Americas and Europe said: "MotoGP is the most exciting motor sport on the planet and we are really thrilled to be partnering with them. This project clearly demonstrates Capcom's intent to broaden its portfolio to include both original and licensed IP, work with the best developer talent and brands from across the globe to create new exciting gaming experiences. MotoGP is a multi-million unit selling franchise on PlayStation formats and we look forward to taking it to the next level."
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to MotoGP commented: "Capcom's long tradition for innovation and pushing technological boundaries in pursuit of delivering high quality entertainment perfectly matches the core values of the MotoGP brand and we're delighted to be partnering with them."
MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship, with a calendar recently expanded to include 18 events across the globe, all bringing together the world's top motorcycle manufacturers and the top riders in racing today. The sport is a unique combination of the highest level of technology and riding skill, with incredible overtaking manoeuvres, rear-wheel slides, and riders pushing the laws of science and engineering to the very limit.
Dorna Sports was established in 1988 as an international sports management and marketing company. Headquarters are in Madrid, with offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo and over 150 dedicated staff. The company is owned by Bridgepoint Capital and its management. Dorna has been the exclusive holder of the commercial and television rights relating to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) since 1992.
Dorna's focus involves a 360° event management philosophy with direct involvement in all areas of the MotoGP World Championship: sporting (Relations with the FIM - the championship's rights owners, local promoters, supervision of technical rules and relations with manufacturers and teams), media (TV production, TV coverage rights and all communications issues of the Championship) and commercial (commercial, licensing and corporate hospitality rights).
Dorna also has involvement in other top motorcycling events such as the Spanish National Championship (CEV) and the British Superbike Championship (BSB)
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