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Gen Con Indy 2008

Indianapolis convention gets sponsorship from Champions Online makers Cryptic Studios.

Los Gatos, CA – July 31, 2008 – Cryptic Studios™, a leading independent developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), announced today that it is a Contributing Sponsor of Gen Con Indy 2008, the original, longest running, best attended gaming convention in the world, which will be held in Indianapolis on August 14-17, 2008. Cryptic also is the official sponsor of the Gen Con eGame Arena, where attendees are invited to plug into a variety of electronic games during the convention and after hours.

"It's great to have a company like Cryptic, with such a strong tie to pen-and-paper gaming, co-sponsoring this year's Gen Con," said Adrian Swartout, president of Gen Con. "Their commitment to putting the gamer first and creating fantastic gaming experiences are at the heart of what Gen Con is all about."

Cryptic will also have a presence on the Gen Con show floor, where attendees will have the first opportunity to play the highly-anticipated MMO Champions Online, which is being published by 2K Games. Based on the popular Champions™ pen-and-paper RPG, Champions Online will give players the power of total customization for their hero experience while they explore a vast comic book universe. Gen Con attendees also are invited to the Cryptic booth for frequent trivia contests, giveaways and to play the original Champions pen-and-paper RPG with Steve Long and Darren Watts, founders of Hero Games, the company that publishes the RPG books. Champions Online is being developed for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Games for Windows-LIVE®, and is scheduled for release in spring of 2009.

Numerous Cryptic executives and developers will have a large presence on the various speaking panels at Gen Con 2008, including Jack Emmert, chief creative officer, who will be honored at the convention as an Industry Insider Guest of Honor.

Celebrating its 41st year and going strong, Gen Con is no ordinary convention. Attendees do everything from browsing the aisles of an exhibit hall packed with more than 300 booths to taking part in any number of the 5,000 gaming events happening 24 hours a day during the four days. Gaming activities range from interactive game play and computer gaming to big money hobby-related tournaments.

For more information about Gen Con, please visit www.gencon.com. For more information on Cryptic Studios, please visit www.crypticstudios.com.

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About Cryptic Studios:

Cryptic Studios™, Inc., based in Los Gatos, CA, and established in July 2000, is one of the leading independent developers of massively multiplayer online games for the PC and next-generation consoles. Cryptic Studios is an independent, employee-owned company committed to delivering the next level of MMOG gameplay. Cryptic is best known as the creator of the award-winning City of Heroes® and City of Villains® MMO titles. In Champions Online, the latest massively multiplayer online role-playing game from Cryptic, gamers will create a hero, completely customized to exact specification and ready to fight evil villains in a stunning 3D graphical world. For more information on Cryptic Studios, please visit www.crypticstudios.com.

About Gen Con:

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Its operations include Gen Con Indy and licensees for European and Asia Pacific Gen Con shows. It was acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkinson, who solely owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con is a consumer and trade experience dedicated to gaming culture and community. For more information visit the web site at www.gencon.com.

Cryptic Studios Media Contact:

Tracie Snitker

Reverb Communications

(209) 586-1495 ext. 104

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Jerry Whitehead III

Reverb Communications

(209) 586-1495 ext. 111

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For Gen Con:

Stacia Kirby

(206) 363-1492

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Champions and Champions Online are trademarks of Cryptic Studios, Inc. City of Heroes and City of Villains are trademarks or registered trademarks of NCsoft Corporation.

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