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Allegorithmic Announces New Partnership with Shanghai-based Virtuos

Allegorithmic today announced that Virtuos, a leading provider of digital entertainment offshore production services, will join leading Asian developers NCSoft, The9, T3 Entertainment and Gravity as the latest company to adopt Allegorithmic’s Substance technology into its art production pipeline.

Press Release from Allegorithmic

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — Dec. 3, 2009 – Allegorithmic today announced that Virtuos, a leading provider of digital entertainment offshore production services, will join leading Asian developers NCSoft, The9, T3 Entertainment and Gravity as the latest company to adopt Allegorithmic’s Substance technology into its art production pipeline.

“Virtuos is one of the largest and most advanced art production companies in Asia,” said Dr. Sébastien Deguy, founder and CEO of Allegorithmic. “We are happy to have their support as we work to assist additional game companies across Asia.”

Substance is the new suite of tools from Allegorithmic and includes Substance Air, the company’s middleware solution that allows artists to easily produce micro file size textures, boost productivity and unleash user-generated content. Substance is poised to redefine the development and distribution of rich content for the next generation of online and retail games by guaranteeing the most advanced texture authoring process and the lightest texture description files.

“3D artists are increasingly in need of efficient compositing tools for creating dynamic textures," says Andrey Supryaga, senior art director at Virtuos. “The Substance suite of tools has allowed us to easily create those textures and dramatically boost our productivity by enabling rapid iteration.”

Virtuos will deploy its Substance-trained artists on current projects, and will also integrate the tool into its next-generation art pipeline. Virtuos also plans to provide training and support for Substance in the broader Asia region.

"We believe that generative technologies such as Substance will become an industry standard in the near future,” says Virtuos CEO Gilles Langourieux. “Our job is to provide the best quality assets while simultaneously containing production cost and Substance is helping us fulfill this mission like no other texturing tool on the market today.”

About Allegorithmic

Founded in 2003 and based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Allegorithmic is the first company to propose a professional solution for the authoring and on-the-fly rendering of “smart textures”, i.e. compact and dynamic texture maps. Allegorithmic has partnered with some of the industry’s leading games and technology companies, including Autodesk, Intel, Epic Games, NCsoft, Fuincom, The9, Ready at Dawn, Emergent Games Technologies and Microsoft. For more information on Allegorithmic and its products, please visit www.allegorithmic.com.

About Virtuos

Headquartered in Shanghai, Virtuos is one of the largest and most international providers of digital entertainment offshore production services, specializing in 3D Art and Co-development. Virtuos’ international management team includes game development experts from more than 10 nationalities. Since its creation in late 2004, Virtuos has served 15 of the top 20 game publishers worldwide as well as renowned developers. For more information, visit www.virtuosgames.com.

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