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Reiner Knizia to team with Merscom on a line of casual games

World renowned board game designer to create Xbox LIVE® Arcade, Nintendo DS™ and PC games


CHAPEL HILL, NC - September 5, 2007 - Merscom and renowned board game designer Dr. Reiner Knizia announced today that Merscom will develop and publish multiple Xbox LIVE Arcade, Nintendo DS and PC games based on concepts created by Reiner Knizia. Merscom will work with Knizia Games to create interactive games exclusively for the company as well as utilize existing Knizia board games and as-yet-unpublished board game concepts. Merscom plans to begin releasing the titles in early 2008.

Reiner Knizia is one of the leading board game designers worldwide, with more than 400 games and books published in numerous languages and countries. He is a four-time winner of the German Game Prize; a three-time winner of the Austrian Game Prize; winner of the 2006 Spanish Game Award; winner of the 2004 Swiss Game Prize; a three-time winner of the French Grand Prix du Jouet; winner of the 2001 Dutch Toy of the Year Award; twice winner of the Japan Board Game Prize; winner of the 2000 and 2003 International Gamers Award; and winner of five international Children Game of the Year Awards. Reiner Knizia's games currently occupy nine spots in the USA Games 100.

"We are unbelievably excited about this collaboration," said Lloyd Melnick, Chief Customer Officer of Merscom. "Over one year ago, Merscom identified board games as a source of great gameplay dynamics for computer and video games. After researching the board games ecosystem, we realized Reiner is the best living board game designer in the world and feel the opportunity to work with him will elevate casual gaming to a new level."

"I am delighted about this new co-operation," said Dr. Reiner Knizia. "Merscom is the right partner in size and spirit, and I am convinced that this will bring a number of very exciting new games to the computer and video game market."

For more information about Reiner Knizia and Knizia Games, please visit www.knizia.de/english.htm

About Merscom

Merscom is a global publisher of computer and video games that distributes games through multiple channels, multiple platforms and multiple revenue models. Merscom's channels include retail distribution in the US and Europe, online sale through major portals worldwide and games on Microsoft® Xbox Live® Arcade. Merscom publishes games from leading casual game developers, including Sandlot Games, Reflexive Entertainment, Absolutist and Pi-Eye Games. Merscom publishes on multiple platforms including PC, console and handheld. Merscom produces entertaining products for gamers of all ages and guarantees all customers a great experience with its "Fun Guarantee." For more information visit www.merscom.com.


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