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MMORPG Sphere released in Brazil

MOSCOW and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct 30, 2005 - Today, Nikita, 1C, and Crossway Systems jointly announced the official release of Sphere, in Brazil. The successful massive multiplayer on-line role-playing game (MMORPG), which has formed on-line community in Russia, is now available for Brazilian players.

Starting today, the Brazilian version of Sphere is on sale in the country, offering the game's original functionality without compromise to the Brazilian fans of this genre: a feature-rich PvP (player versus player) system with a broad variety of character appearance variants, a dynamically changeable game environment, complete freedom of game universe design, a wide range of trading opportunities, a large number of different monsters, 13 game specializations, armory and weapons visible on the characters as well as magic spells and artifacts, castles' capture, forming of clans, and more.

The Brazilian version of Sphere uses the Portuguese language. The high localization quality allows the players to become accustomed to the virtual world quickly and eliminates the inconveniences of a language barrier. Technical support is available and players can also join an official forum, allowing them to discuss any questions on the game project they might have.

A cluster of powerful multiprocessing servers based on the Intel® XeonTM DP processor form the technological foundation of Sphere. The server part of the game software is specially optimized in order to take advantage of the Intel® HyperThreading technology. This guarantees reliable, high-quality online services for a large number of concurrent users.

"We are pleased to facilitate promising new opportunities to appear in the market place that allow people to enjoy digital content and gaming in a new and exciting way - truly 'on the go'," says David P. Ryan, Director of Intel's Software Enabling Division in Europe.

Sphere is the first and to date the only MMORPG game created by Russian developers. The project proved commercially successful and also led to the formation of a MMORPG players' community in Russia. Sphere continues to grow to this day, winning more fans with every additional feature. The release of the game in Brazil marks a new stage of the development of the project. In the course of the official testing phase, many Brazilian players have already visited Sphere. From today, the virtual world of Sphere is open to everybody in Brazil. Additional information is available on the official Brazilian game site at www.spherebr.com.br.

CrossWay Systems is a Brazilian enterprise formed by highly qualified professionals. The organization works in the areas of web-development, network management, and Linux system/network support. CrossWay Systems has become the pioneer in the development of 3D-games and applications in Brazil.

http://www.crossway.com.br

Nikita, headquartered in Moscow, is the leading Russian supplier of computer games and mobile services and Russia's first game company. The company's main activities are computer games development; localization of games for Russian users, development of value added entertainment services based on MMS, WAP, GPRS, SMS, and J2ME technologies and their provision to subscribers of mobile operators as well as publication of SMS-Life, an interactive magazine for young people. Nikita's highly successful development efforts and services rely on state-of-the-art technology and platforms.

http://www.nikita.ru

1C specializes in developing, distributing, publishing and supporting computer games and databases for home and office use. Founded in 1991 and with headquarters in Moscow, the company employs more than 500. From its warehouse and through the most developed partner network in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS - 5,300 permanent partners in 570 cities across Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states), 1C supplies a full range of consumer software for home and office, with currently more than 5,000 products. 1C is known as one of the most successful game publishers in Russia and cooperates with the leading developer teams in Russia and the neighboring states such as Action Forms, Akella, Apeiron, Arise, Best Way, Creat Studio, CrioLand, Dark Fox, Digital Spray Studio, DiP Interactive, DTF Games, DVS, Eagle Dynamics, Elemental Games, Gaijin Entertainment, G5 Software, Ino-Co, Katauri, K-D LAB, KDV Games, KranX Productions, Meridian`93, Nikita, Nival Interactive, Orion, OSW Games, PIPE studio, Saturn plus, SkyFallen Entertainment, Skyriver Studios, SoftLabNSK, Xbow software and many others. Proprietary developments of 1C are well-known outside of Russia. The combat flight simulators Il2 Sturmovik, Il2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles and Pearl Harbor achieved well-deserved recognition from players around the world and received over 50 prestigious international awards. 1C games are distributed worldwide by major publishers including ATARI, Codemasters, THQ, and Ubisoft.

http://www.1c.ru/eng/title.htm

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