Driver 2 Wins Blockbuster Award

 

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INFOGRAMES’
DRIVER 2 WINS PRESTIGIOUS BLOCKBUSTER ENTERTAINMENT AWARD

 

Voted
“Favorite Video Game Of The Year”

 

NEW
YORK — April 23, 2001 — Infogrames, Inc., (Nasdaq: IFGM) a global publisher
of interactive entertainment software, today announced that one of its leading
video game titles, Driver 2 for Sony PlayStation, won the “Favorite Video
Game of the Year” award at the Seventh Annual Blockbuster Entertainment
Awards ceremony held on April 10, 2001.

 

Presented
by Blockbuster and Entertainment Weekly magazine, The Blockbuster
Entertainment Awards is one of the world’s largest publicly voted awards
shows. Millions of Blockbuster customers cast their votes for their favorite
actors, musicians and video games in more than 5,000 participating U.S.
Blockbuster stores, as well as in more than 1,400 stores in 14 countries
around the world, and online at www.blockbusterawards.com.

 

“Bursting
onto the scene in November of 2000, Driver 2 was one of the most highly
anticipated video games of the year,” said Sarah Buxton, vice president of
marketing for Infogrames, Inc. “This prestigious award, combined with over
two million units sold to date worldwide, confirms that Driver 2 is one of the
hottest properties in the interactive entertainment industry. The nomination
also reflects Infogrames’ successes as a global company that is committed to
providing quality games and entertainment to all types of gamers.”

 

About
the Driver Franchise

Developed
by Infogrames’ Reflections studio, the original Driver was a top-selling
video and PC game that sold more than 4.5 million units worldwide, and
generated sales of more than $150 million. It became an instant global
sensation on its way to becoming the best-selling PlayStation release of 1999.
Driver also went on to claim scores of critic’s awards and firmly establish
itself as a cornerstone franchise.

The
sequel to Driver, Driver 2 again features Tanner, the undercover cop whose
mission is to infiltrate and break-up the mob by posing as a “driver-for-hire”
or wheelman. With all new features, including two-player mode, curved roads,
more vehicles and the ability to get out of the car and commandeer other
vehicles, Driver 2 harkens back to the classic Hollywood car-chase movie
thrillers.

 

About
Infogrames

Infogrames,
Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) is a leading publisher and distributor of video games for
consoles (Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and Microsoft), personal computers and
Macintosh systems. The company’s award-winning franchises include Alone In
The Dark, Driver, Deer Hunter, Test Drive, and Unreal. Infogrames Inc.’s
Humongous Entertainment division is a leader in children’s entertainment
software and its Macintosh publishing label, Macsoft, is the number one
publisher of Macintosh entertainment software. Based in New York, NY,
Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames
Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257) and serves as the headquarters for the
company’s operations in North America.

 

Founded
in 1983, Infogrames Entertainment SA is a global publisher and distributor of
video games for all platforms, as well as interactive digital television,
mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML) and in-flight entertainment systems. With
Infogrames Entertainment SA’s recent acquisition of Hasbro Interactive, the
company now boasts a line of software based on well-known licenses such as
Monopoly, Jeopardy, Tonka, and Atari.

 

For
more information, visit Infogrames’ US Web site at www.us.infogrames.com.

 

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