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EVE Online(R) Screams With Vivox Real-Time Voice Technology


Electronic Entertainment Expo, Los Angeles, CA - May 10, 2006 - CCP Games and Vivox today announced that subscribers of the massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) EVE Online will soon have real-time, in-game voice communication as the result of a technology integration agreement between the two companies. Vivox will provide CCP with game-embedded voice communication services customized for and integrated into EVE.

EVE players will be able to speak with each other in-game, create audio conference channels for their gang, corporation or alliance, and start, leave or rejoin voice conversations during game play without impacting game performance. On-screen indicators will show the gamer which channels are monitoring audio communications and which player within a channel is speaking. Players will also have moderator privileges to kick, mute, ban and un-ban other players, all synchronized with the rights of existing EVE moderator and user roles.

"Players of EVE are attracted by its unique role playing and space simulation features," said Hilmar V. Petursson, CEO of CCP. "But when players unite to form corporations and alliances, the game's dynamic, immersive experience really comes alive. Now users will be able to talk, strategize, plot and negotiate naturally with each other. To deliver this functionality to our subscribers, we wanted a partner with expertise in delivering voice communications with a simple, scalable and high quality solution so that we could focus on our core expertise of building game content."

Unlike other MMOGs, the entire EVE player base shares the same server cluster. With Vivox providing the in-game voice services and managing the required infrastructure, there are no resource implications that could impact game server performance. This new feature will be a premium service option for game subscribers and, because of itts tight integration into the game, ease of use, and massive scalability, presents a tremendous improvement over burdening gamers with maintainings their own voice servers with third party applications, as some EVE player corporations and alliances currently do.

"With its concurrent users numbering in the tens of thousands, and the game's distinct depth and challenges, EVE is a stellar stage for our voice technology," said Vivox CEO Rob Seaver. "Adding real-time voice to a game like EVE makes for an MMOG experience that grabs users and immerses them in game play that's challenging and entertaining, and creates a sense of community and camaraderie. It's this kind of technology that's going to keep gamers heavily-invested in EVE and excited about the future of MMOGs."

About Vivox
Vivox's managed services generate online interactions that reflect the intelligence, power and nuance of real-world communication. Vivox's carrier-grade communications platform, Precision Studio, combines text, voice, video, multi-party communication, and presence in simple and intuitive solutions for online communities. With specific offerings for the social networking and Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming markets, Vivox generates incremental revenue opportunities and enhances services for its customers' businesses. For more information please visit

About CCP
CCP Games is a privately held company that specializes in the creation, development and distribution of massively multiplayer online games (MMOG). Founded in 1997, CCP is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the single-server persistent universe concept of the MMOG genre. CCP Games is headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland.

About EVE Online
Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger and glory. Supported by a vast player-run economy, EVE offers professions to choose ranging from commodities trader to mercenary; industrial entrepreneur to pirate; mining engineer to battle fleet commander; or any combination of these and much more. Your greatest asset is the starship, designed to accommodate your specific needs, skills and ambitions. Complementing its lethal arsenal are thousands of modules and components, allowing for countless customizations. From brokering business deals to waging war, you will have access to a diverse array of sophisticated tools and interfaces to forge your own destiny in EVE.

Press Contacts - Vivox:
SHIFT Communications
Monty Sharma
Maria Avellaneda

Press Contacts - CCP:
CCP Games
Magnus Bergsson

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