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Maverick indie games studio, Introversion Software announced today that it had signed a deal with U.S publisher, Encore, granting them the exclusive North American retail rights to their latest hit-title DEFCON. Pinnacle Software, who distributes Encore products in the UK, facilitated the deal between Introversion and the US publisher, and will remain Introversion's distributor of the DEFCON retail box in the UK.

Encore placed an initial order for 50,000 units of the DEFCON retail box for the retail market, demonstrating their confidence that the game will be well received by the US market.

Jill Griffin of Encore stated, "We are happy to be working with the team at Introversion to bring such a unique and innovative game to retail. There is simply nothing else like it."

DEFCON is one of the most positively reviewed real-time strategy games ever and was given the Editor's Choice Award from IGN.com as well as many other prestigious awards. "DEFCON has been such a success with gamers of all ages and it's great to have the opportunity to expose it to an even greater audience through retail", concluded Introversion's managing director, Mark Morris, "We look forward to welcoming a whole new wave of DEFCON players into the fold".

DEFCON is an impressive online, multiplayer strategy game that simulates the devastation of global thermonuclear war. The game, inspired by the 1983 cult-classic film, War Games, superbly evokes the tension, paranoia and suspicion surrounding the Cold War era. It was described by UK PC Gamer as 'pure, deep utterly unconscionable fun" and given their highest honour, the 5-Star Must Buy rating.

DEFCON is now available in North American retail outlets for only $29.99.

About Introversion Software:

Heralded as 'the last of the bedroom programmers', Introversion Software is an independent games developer and publisher founded in 2001 by three London university students. Responsible for the critically acclaimed titles Uplink, Darwinia and now DEFCON, Introversion are also proud winners of three awards at the Independent Games Festival in 2006. For more information on all of Introversion's projects please visit www.introversion.co.uk .

About Pinnacle Software:

Pinnacle Software was formed in 1992 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Entertainment, a division of Arvato (part of the Bertelsmann Group), and offers retail, sales, marketing and logistics solutions to its publishing partners. The company was formed to introduce the concept of exclusive distribution to the UK Software market, and succeeded in doing so with groundbreaking deals with Electronic Arts, MicroProse and Ubisoft in 1995. Pinnacle Software is associated with many of the top brands in the market place, including FIFA football, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Tom Clancy (including Splinter Cell), Prince or Persia, The Sims and many more. Visit www.pinnacle-software.co.uk . For further information, or call Peter Sleeman on 0208 309 3700


Pinnacle pr contact (UK & Europe): Ruth Fraser, Chaloner Associates


Introversion pr contact: Vicky Arundel


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