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Yorkshire Has Firm Grasp On UK PSP Games Chart

Developers From The Yorkshire Region Secure Three Out Of Top Four Slots In Official PSP Games Chart

Friday 31st March 2006/...Games produced by two of Yorkshire's most successful games developers currently occupy three of the top four positions in the Sony PSP section of the Leisure software charts from ELSPA (compiled by Chart Track) - the UK's most recognised and respected monitor of software sales.

In the week ending 2nd April, Wakefield based independent developer, Team 17 was dug-in at second and fourth spot respectively with Lemmings - the handheld version of its classic PC games and Worms: Open Warfare - another long-running and highly successful franchise. Third place was taken up by Rockstar Leeds with Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - a title that shows no signs of flagging, having spent a staggering 21 weeks in the chart.

Regional success in the portable games sector has been boosted further with the continued success of Sheffield-based Distinctive Developments' 3D Pool maintaining 10th spot in the O2 mobile phone chart.

"We're extremely pleased with the chart success both Lemmings and Worms: Open Warfare have proffered," said Martyn Brown, Studio Director, Team 17. "It just goes to show proven franchises such as these have plenty of life left in them yet and are finding a whole new audience in PSP."

Team 17, Rockstar Leeds and Distinctive developments are members of Game Republic, a regional alliance of high-tech companies operating in the computer and video games business.

Game Republic receives funding from Yorkshire Forward and is part financed by The European Union.


For further information on Game Republic please contact:

Tom Sargent or Simon Byron

Barrington Harvey PR

T: +44 (0)1462 456780

E: tom.sargent@bhpr.co.uk / simon.byron@bhpr.co.uk

For further information on Team 17 please contact:

Martyn Brown

Studio Director

Team 17

T: +44 (0)1924 267776

E: martyn.brown@team17.com

About Team 17

Team 17 Software Limited is a privately owned high calibre entertainment software development company headquartered in West Yorkshire, England. Team 17 has developed over 130 releases on 15 Platforms in its fifteen-year history and specialises in quality original titles using proprietary technology across all major hardware platforms. Key Team 17 franchises and brands include Worms, Alien Breed, Project X and Superfrog. For more information, visit the Team 17 website at www.team17.com

For further information on Distinctive Developments please contact:

Distinctive Developments

Nigel Little

Managing Director

e: nigel.little@distdevs.co.uk

About Distinctive Developments

Distinctive Developments Ltd is one of the world's most experienced game development studios. The company was founded in 1994 as a creator of PC and console games and enjoyed many successful titles years for Atari, Acclaim and Psygnosis. Since 2001 the company has focused exclusively on game for mobile phone handsets, creating a reputation as a world leader in this exciting new area of gaming.

To date Distinctive has produced mobile versions of some of the biggest brands around including Space Invaders, FIFA Football 2003 Mobile International Edition, FIFA Football 2004 Mobile International Edition and FIFA Football 2005 Mobile International Edition for EA Sports, Michael Vaughan's International Cricket for Player One, Golfalot Tour, Madagascar for Eurofun and Supreme Snowboarding for iFone/Atari.

In addition to branded games, Distinctive has also developed a wide range of original titles for mobile, including Collision Course, Collision Course 2, Snowboard X, Poop Scoop, Red Hot Rally, 3D Pool and its sequel 3D Pool Urban Hustle.

Distinctive has been recognised as one of the world leaders in mobile gaming, with FIFA Football 2004 Mobile International Edition and 3D Pool nominated for BAFTA Awards and the studio itself nominated in the Develop Magazine Awards for the past two years.

Distinctive understands what makes a mobile game great, and has the expertise and experience to translate that into a highly polished title. Analysts, journalists and consumer alike have all responded positively and enthusiastically to Distinctive's mobile games titles.

Online: www.distdevs.co.uk

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