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SkyZone Announces 9: The Mobile Game, Available on Most Major U.S. Carriers and the Apple App Store

September 9, 2009

SkyZone Announces 9: The Mobile Game, Available on Most Major U.S. Carriers and the Apple App Store

Game Based on Focus Features' Animated Fantasy Epic Out 9/9/09

SkyZone Entertainment, Inc. today announced the wireless game version of one of the most anticipated movies of the year - Focus Features' 9. Developed through an agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing, and available for download with most major U.S. carriers and on iPhone, 9: The Mobile Game will launch in conjunction with the feature film's nationwide release by Focus on Wednesday, September 9 - 9/9/09. An action-packed adventure, director Shane Acker's animated fantasy epic 9 is the feature-length expansion of his Academy Award-nominated 2004 short film of the same name. Tim Burton (Beetlejuice) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) are among the feature's producers; the film's screenplay is by Pamela Pettler (Monster House); and the movie's voice cast of 9 includes Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, and Crispin Glover.

SkyZone has developed the 9 storyline into a mobile game and will distribute it through the company's extensive network of carriers and partners. The deal reinforces SkyZone's strong position in mobile gaming and adds to the company's growing list of licenses with strong brands.

"SkyZone is committed to making quality games, and we are honored that Universal has chosen to partner with us again," said Key Sar, Chief Marketing Officer, SkyZone Entertainment. "To be able to join the creative process with such wonderfully creative and unique visionaries is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our developers. Films produced by Tim and Timur lend themselves perfectly to interactive platforms, and we fully expect the mobile game to appeal to their legions of fans and the millions of people who will rush to see this movie."

"9: The Mobile Game allows fans of the film to immerse themselves in an action-packed game that they can play virtually anywhere, anytime," said Bill Kispert, Vice President, Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing. "The talented team at SkyZone has cleverly integrated the various 9 characters and their unique abilities to bring depth, richness, and challenge to the overall gaming experience."

Featuring stunning graphics and captivating scenery, 9: The Mobile Game features 15 levels with various landscapes and parallels the story told in the movie. Taking advantage of the device's technological capabilities, the iPhone/iPod Touch version includes enhanced graphics and sound as well as full sets of animations.

The partnership with Universal continues a relationship between the two companies that began with the launch of the Animal House mobile game in 2008.

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