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NatGeo Play!

Teaming up with National Geographic.

Milan, Italy – 1st June, 2009 – Black Bean Games proudly announces a worldwide games project being developed with National Geographic Games:

NatGeo Play!

Black Bean Games and National Geographic Games have signed a multi-year agreement to create console games promoting knowledge about Nature, Wildlife, Mankind, Ancient Worlds and Culture according to themes central to National Geographic.

The partnership between the Italian publisher and one of the world’s most recognised brand for high quality content on world topics will come up with 8 National Geographic branded titles for PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and WiiTM.

Black Bean Games will publish NatGeo Play! divided into 3 unique product lines based on original, award-winning HD photography and video content from National Geographic: NatGeo Play! Natural Wonders, NatGeo Play! Lost Worlds and NatGeo Play! Human Life.

Every title will contain at least 1.5 hours of original HD video content and countless breathtaking high resolution images to enhance and differentiate these new titles in the Black Bean Games Family & Lifestyle series.

“This agreement with National Geographic adds prestige to the Black Bean Games line up. Our aim is to strengthen our Family & Lifestyle segment with ever increasing high quality products as we have done in other areas. This partnership is perfectly aligned with our global strategy to confirm Black Bean Games in the international publishing arena for the outstanding quality and the increasingly importance of our products.”- Virgilio Bixio, President Black Bean Games

“We’re thrilled to be working with Black Bean Games as we continue to expand our global Games enterprises” said Paul Levine, senior vice president for National Geographic Interactive Platforms Group and for corporate strategy and development, National Geographic Global Media (NGGM). “Our partnership will deliver entertaining and challenging games for families around the world.”

About Black Bean Games

Black Bean Games is the publishing label of Lago S.r.l., which is part of the Leader Group. Leveraging 20 years of market experience and knowledge, Black Bean Games is ideally positioned to launch games coming both from internal and external development teams, harnessing strong licenses, original IPs and focusing on three main areas: Racing, Family & Lifestyle and Action-Adventure games.

For further information about Black Bean Games and its products, visit the following web site:

About National Geographic Ventures

National Geographic Ventures (NGV) is a wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of National Geographic Society, one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the National Geographic Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. NGV, part of the editorial group National Geographic Global Media, includes National Geographic Television (NGT) production and distribution, National Geographic Television International, Digital Media (including and National Geographic Interactive Platforms Group, comprising NGV’s Mobile, Gaming, Maps and Digital Publishing business units. NGV creates and distributes content across multi-platforms and media providing outlets for the hundreds of scientific and expedition-based grants awarded each year.

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