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Vicious Cycle® hires John O'Neill as Director of Business Development, Vicious Engine

Chapel Hill, NC - November 6, 2006 - Vicious Cycle® Software, a leading developer of console and PC games, announced that John O'Neill has joined the company as Director of Business Development for the Vicious Engine®, the company's multi-platform game development system.

John has a long history in the game industry, beginning in at MicroProse Software in 1994, where he worked as a programmer on a variety of projects. He was instrumental in establishing business and vendor relationships with industry leaders such as ATI, 3Dfx, Microsoft, and Logitech. After MicroProse, John worked for some time as a game programmer at Vicious Cycle. He then moved on to successfully establish and manage the international consulting branch for InstallShield Software, Ltd. In addition to his vast industry experience, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University.

John's new responsibilities at Vicious Cycle include managing the Vicious Engine brand by building and maintaining strategic partnerships, organizing trade shows, managing relationships with publishers, clients and manufacturers, driving internal focus for the Vicious Engine, pursuing potential license sales, and directing marketing and public relations.

"We're extremely pleased that John has returned to manage the Vicious Engine division," said Eric Peterson, Vicious Cycle's President. "His familiarity with the engine and our software, combined with his vast experience in the industry, will greatly increase the presence of the Vicious Engine in the game engine marketplace."

"John is the perfect choice to build the Vicious Engine brand into a world-renowned franchise," said Wayne Harvey, Vicious Cycle's Vice President and Director of Engineering. "John's in-depth knowledge of the technology and his great communication skills will contribute to the growing success of the division and the continued satisfaction of our current client base."

About Vicious Engine:

The Vicious Engine provides a comprehensive, easy-access suite of development tools that are accessible to all members of a software development team-from artists, to designers, to engineers. The Vicious Engine helps developers and publishers to meet the demands of shorter development cycles and tighter budgets by allowing the teams to concentrate on game content rather than core technology.

About Vicious Cycle Software, Inc.:

Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., based in Chapel Hill, NC, is a premier developer of interactive entertainment software for PlayStation®2 and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable), Xbox® and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, and the PC. The company, founded in 2000, blazed onto the gaming scene with its debut title Robotech: Battlecry and continues to create titles for all age groups based on both licensed and original IP. Vicious Cycle Software, Inc. is also the developer of the Vicious Engine, a comprehensive and fully portable middleware solution for current generation consoles, handhelds, and the PC. For more information, visit the company's web sites at, and

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