For Immediate Release:
LOS ANGELES – Sept. 25, 2008 – Encore, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, announced today the launch of the HOYLE® Royal Suite as well as the latest editions of HOYLE® Card Games 2009, HOYLE® Casino Games 2009 and HOYLE® Puzzle & Board Games 2009. The 2009 HOYLE® games have been rebuilt from the ground up and offer a brand new gaming experience complete with a free multi-player online component available for Macintosh and Windows operating systems. With the addition of new card, casino and puzzle games, the player can customize each level with characters, music and VIP rewards for game bonuses. Rated “T” for Teen, the 2009 HOYLE® games will be available for $19.99 MSRP. HOYLE® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Playing Card Company, a division of Jarden Corp.
The Royal Suite, a new online destination for the 2009 Card and Casino games will offer even more benefits to players with ongoing game updates, news, forums, leader boards, hosted tournaments and special offers for HOYLE® players. More information about the 2009 HOYLE® games can be found at this new Web site, www.hoylegaming.com.
"HOYLE® games' popularity began over 200 years ago and although the rules have not changed, the way people enjoy games has. Among the many new features, the 2009 edition incorporates an online interactive community that allows gamers to compete in tournaments with other HOYLE® fans. By combining classic games with new technology, we have taken the HOYLE® brand to the next level,” said Cal Morrell, President of Encore Software.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, Encore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR), and a leading retail software publisher. As a result of strategic licensing agreements, the company publishes a broad range of award-winning utility, entertainment, education and productivity software titles. Publishing brands include HOYLE, Marine Aquarium, Family Tree Maker, 3D Home Architect, Advantage, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; as well as the Riverdeep family of brands including The Print Shop, PrintMaster, Reader Rabbit and Mavis Beacon.
Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR) is a publisher and distributor of physical and digital home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, DVD video, video games and accessories. Additional information is available at http://www.navarre.com.
About the HOYLE® brand
Over 200 years ago Edmond Hoyle was the first person to fully document how card games should be played – essentially creating the first globally-recognized ‘Authorized Card Game Rules’. Edmond was an English writer, born in 1672, living most of his adult life in London where he was a barrister. During his time there he began tutoring the ‘upper classes’ in the game of Whist and subsequently published a pamphlet on the subject. Due to the huge success of this pamphlet he officially wrote and printed it in 1742. Following this, Hoyle produced further books on gaming and the rules involved – each was hugely successful. His writing on the Laws of Gaming has given rise to the saying “according to HOYLE” which is still recognized as a phrase in dictionaries and encyclopedias today. Edmond Hoyle’s legend lives on – he is still renowned worldwide in Gaming circles and his original rules, now over 200 years old, are still respected and used today.
Edmond Hoyle’s contributions to the world of gaming were recognized in 1979 when he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.
HOYLE® is a registered brand of the U.S. Playing Card Company, which is part of the Branded Consumables division of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH).
About the United States Playing Card Company
The United States Playing Card Company is the leader in the production and distribution of premier brands of playing cards, including BEE®, BICYCLE®, AVIATOR®, HOYLE®, KEM® and CONGRESS® playing cards. BICYCLE® has been the best selling playing card brand in the world for more than 100 years. Founded in 1867, the company manufactures, markets and distributes playing cards, children's card games, collectible tins, puzzles and card accessories. BEE®, BICYCLE®, AVIATOR® and HOYLE® are registered trademarks of The United States Playing Card Company. For more information, visit http://www.usplayingcard.com.
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Media Contact: Ashley Crabtree