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Monumental in India

UK-based MMO developer opens office in Pune.

Nottingham UK, 17th November 2008 – Monumental, the UK-based online games developer, today announced the opening of a state-of-the-art studio in Pune, India. The studio has been established with the assistance of offshoring experts Quickstart Global, enabling Monumental to benefit from the talent pool in the Pune area.

Monumental have most recently hit the news with the imminent launch of Football Superstars, a Massively-Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) to be published by Cybersports in which players take on the role of footballers both on and off the pitch. While Monumental have previously used staff under a traditional outsourcing model, the attraction of the Quickstart Global model is that each employee is specifically selected by Monumental and lives up to the quality and productivity standards set by them. The studio currently houses a core team with plans to increase this in the near future.

Gylan Hunter, Art Director for Monumental said; “We were highly impressed by the quality of applicants. Prior to interview we viewed show-reels from candidates and were able to select those who met our criteria, both on a technical and personal level. This process helps us maintain the exceptionally high quality standards we demand. The facilities in Pune are excellent, and our staff there have everything they need to deliver first-class work”.

Neal Gandhi, CEO of Quickstart Global commented: “We are delighted that Monumental chose to establish their operation in Pune. We knew from previous experience in this sector that there were candidates in the area with the specific skills to meet their needs. The Games Industry continues to enjoy significant growth (40% revenue growth in 2009), however the availability of skills remains the biggest inhibitor to growth. Adoption of the Quickstart Global model can solve the problem for growing independent studios”.

The opening of the Pune facility will enable Monumental to enjoy sustainable long term competitive advantage and high-growth operational success within the global Online Game and Virtual World marketplace.

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About Monumental:

Monumental Games Limited (MGL) was formed by CEO Rik Alexander (33) and CTO Rocco Loscalzo (42) in 2005. The company was established to develop middleware for, and exploit opportunities in, the Massively Multi-player Online (MMO) gaming space. Utilising the founders’ extensive video game development experience, coupled with their broad-ranging industry contacts, MGL established a base technology platform to dramatically reduce the complexity of, and lead times for, the development of online games and virtual worlds.

About Quickstart Global

Quickstart Global is a leader in assisting companies to establish captive operations around the world. Utilizing our unique Hybrid Captive and Full Captive methodologies, more companies are achieving competitive advantage through the adoption of an offshore / nearshore captive operation with Quickstart Global than any other company worldwide.

About Cybersports Limited

CyberSports Ltd will shortly launch Football Superstars, a truly ground-breaking, exciting and compelling game, into a huge and rapidly growing global market using reliable state-of-the-art technology. It aims to be the first truly mainstream massively multi-player online game (MMOG) appealing to casual as well as hardened gamers. It will be the first MMOG to recreate the game of football and its associated lifestyle and it will provide football game-play where each player controls one character on the pitch. Off the pitch, thousands of individual characters will live a life of glory, fame and luxury in an aspirational utopian football-based virtual world. The company will then use the same principles to expand into other sports.

Cybersports aim is to dominate the online sports game market by building and operating integrated persistent 3D virtual multi-player multi-sports worlds that appeal to both casual and hardened gamers alike.

CyberSports Ltd Dunstan House, 14a St Cross Street, London, EC1N 8XA

For additional information, please contact:

[For Monumental] Paul Mayze ( +44 (0) 7957 224 527

[For Quickstart] Elspeth Levi ( +44 20 7643 2214


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