LONDON, UK—MAY 29, 2008—Hands-On Mobile™, the world's leading developer of connected games and applications, has announced the launch of multiplayer World Poker Tour® (WPT®) Texas Hold 'Em 2 with T-Mobile in Austria. The launch enables T-Mobile's Austrian customers to play the world's most popular multiplayer poker game in real time against up to five other people anywhere in the world on their mobile phones.
"We are delighted to be the first network in Austria to be able to release Hands-On Mobile's WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2," said Andrea Karner spokesperson at T-Mobile Austria. "The real time multiplayer aspect of WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2 is a significant part of this game's appeal and we expect that T-Mobile customers to be excited about being able to play poker wherever they may be."
WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2's feature list allows players to play on their own, against other players, or against their friends and family in private games – all of which are 'play for fun' games where no real money is at stake. The game also has revolutionary web-to-mobile gameplay, enabling mobile users to compete against other people playing both on their phones and on their PCs through the website: www.WPTMobile.net. Both the mobile and web versions of the game also feature many community elements, including instant messaging options and the option to play as one of a wide selection of different characters.
"We are excited with this latest launch of WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2 as it shows the growth in demand for online multiplayer mobile across the world – an area that this title is the clear leader in," said Greg Robinson, General Manager, EMEA for Hands-On Mobile. "With this launch, Hands-On Mobile is able to put WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2 into the hands of more mobile gamers from yet another territory. This allows the network and diversity of players to grow significantly which adds to the overall enjoyment for everyone around the world who is playing this innovative game."
More than 19 million hands have been played worldwide since the launch of WPT Texas Hold 'Em 2 in the US in July 2007. The game launched on T-Mobile in the UK earlier in January and has received rave reviews and a string of accolades.
About Hands-On Mobile
Hands-On Mobile, Inc. is a leading global publisher of mobile entertainment products. Established in 2001, with operations on four continents, Hands-On Mobile develops and distributes mobile content to more than 200 of the world's leading operators in 60 countries. Hands-On Mobile provides operators and their customers with the world's best entertainment brands and content. The company's diverse catalogue includes games, applications and personalisation suites from top brands such as Activision, Billboard, CBS, LEGO, NBA, Marvel, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, and World Poker Tour. The Hands-On Mobile Developer Network (HDN) brings mobile development to the masses enabling developers to create and distribute mobile applications through Hands-On Mobile's core platform and ecosystem. Hands-On Mobile is a U.S. corporation with headquarters in San Francisco and offices in San Diego, California; London and Manchester, England; Krakow, Poland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai and Beijing, China; and Seoul, Korea. For more information about Hands-On Mobile please visit www.HandsOn.com.
Hands-On Mobile is a trademark of Hands-On Mobile, Inc. All other product or company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
About T-Mobile Austria
T-Mobile Austria has established itself as a successful driving force on the Austrian mobile communications market. Customer service is at the heart of the company's ethos. In developing its projects and solutions, T-Mobile Austria emphasises user-friendliness founded upon technological progress and development. The company's international outlook allows T-Mobile customers to benefit from a wide range of products and services, both at home and abroad, which can be used internationally as well as on the domestic network. tele.ring is a wholly-owned subsidiary of T-Mobile Austria. tele.ring is the price leader on the Austrian mobile communications market.
T-Mobile Austria is a subsidiary of T-Mobile International, the mobile communications arm of Deutsche Telekom AG and one of the world's largest telecommunications companies.
WPT Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: WPTE) is a company engaged in the creation of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the World Poker Tour®, a television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that airs Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT on GSN in the United States, and has been licensed for broadcast globally. WPTE also offers real-money online gaming on its website, www.worldpokertour.com, which prohibits wagers from players in the U.S. and certain other restricted territories. WPTE also has operations in mainland China, pursuant to an agreement with the China Leisure Sports Administrative Center where WPTE is developing and marketing the WPT China National Traktor Poker Tour. In January 2008, the company launched ClubWPT.com, an innovative subscription-based online poker club targeted to the estimated 60 million poker players in the United States and is currently offered in 38 States. WPTE currently licenses its brand to companies in the business of poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware. The company is also engaged in the sale of corporate sponsorships. For show information, tools for improving poker play, and other WPT news, fans may log on to www.worldpokertour.com. WPTE is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: LACO). (WPTEF)