Ubisoft To Publish Sports Videogames Golf Sensation Vijay Singh Joins Ubisofts Lineup


Golf Sensation Vijay Singh Joins
Ubisoft’s Lineup

SAN FRANCISCO – February 28, 2005 –
Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest videogame publishers, announced that
it will be developing a series of sports titles, making its debut as a publisher
of sports videogames. Its entrance will be propelled by several worldwide
licensing agreements and acquisitions. Ubisoft has signed an exclusive license
with Vijay Singh, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, to produce a Vijay
Singh-titled golf game. The company has also acquired the sports assets from
Microsoft Game Studios.

This strategic move expands the
breadth of Ubisoft’s increasingly diverse catalogue, extending the company’s
reach into the full spectrum of game categories, from the tactical first person
shooter genre to children’s titles, from strategy to stealth action and now

Considered one of the most
consistent and focused golfers on the PGA Tour, Vijay Singh will headline a
title inspired by his powerful and aggressive style. While he has been
consistently ranked among the Top 10 players internationally, in 2004, Singh
became the first golfer to dethrone Tiger Woods’ No. 1 stronghold on the game
since 1998, with nine victories, including his win at the PGA Championship in
August 2004. Off to a great start in 2005, Singh began the year by winning the
Sony Open in Hawaii.

“Ubisoft is doing an incredible job
in bringing my style of golf to the world of gaming,” said Vijay Singh. “I am
excited to be teaming up with one of the most innovative and experienced gaming
companies in the industry and look forward to a long and successful

Ubisoft also announced that it has
acquired the technology, tools and source code shipped in Microsoft Game Studios
team sports games, including NHL Rivals (hockey), NFL Fever (football), NBA
Inside Drive (basketball) and MLB Inside Pitch (baseball).

“There is still room for innovation
in the sports genre and Ubisoft has some great ideas that we’re looking forward
to implementing,” said Yves Guillemot, president and chief executive officer of
Ubisoft. “We hope to not only offer sports fans games that have a unique flair
and character, but also something that will take advantage of the fabulous
capacities of current and next-generation consoles.”

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About Vijay Singh: There has been no
more improbable success story in golf that than of Vijay Singh, whose career
began in his native Fiji Islands and has spanned the globe, culminating in three
major championships and becoming the number one ranked player in the world. In
2004 Vijay put together one of the finest seasons in golf history, posting nine
wins and earning a PGA TOUR-record $10,905,166 while becoming No. 1 in the
Official World Golf Ranking. Vijay, whose name means ‘victory” in Hindi and who
traces his ancestors to India, has won on four continents – Asia, Africa,
Europe, and North America – and has triumphed in 16 countries. He arrived on the
PGA Tour in the United States in 1993 and won in his first year while gaining
Rookie of the year honors. He now has 25 PGA Tour victories, along with 22
international triumphs, for a total of 47 while amassing over $37 million in
career earnings on the PGA TOUR. Known for his work ethic and long hours on the
practice range, Singh has been a model of consistency and his string of 53
events without missing the cut was the fifth longest in PGA Tour history. He has
been a member of the International Team for all five of the Presidents Cup

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