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Verizon & Gameloft Begin Asphalt Urban GT Competition

Verizon Wireless and Gameloft have launched the first realtime multiplayer mobile game on Verizon Wireless V CAST consumer multimedia service. Available exclusively to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers, ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER allows players to simultaneously compete in Gamelofts latest 3D driving game.

Now mobile gamers can compete in realtime, head-to-head game play. In realtime game play, players compete, accelerate and cross the finish line with competitors nationwide. ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER is the next evolution of the successful ASPHALT URBAN GT franchise, the first mobile phone game to also be available on the Nintendo DS system.

Gameloft is very excited to bring Asphalt Urban GT, the flagship in real-time multiplayer mobile technology, to Verizon Wireless extensive lineup of V CAST 3D games, said Michel Guillemot, president of Gameloft. This clearly demonstrates the significance of the real time multiplayer and the impact it will have on the way mobile games are played and perceived.

Bill Stone, vp of marketing for Verizon Wireless, said With Gamelofts ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER, V CAST customers can compete in real-time, which more closely resembles the console gaming experience. Verizon Wireless broadband network enables this next step forward in mobile gaming, allowing customers to participate in head-to-head competition, rather than taking turns.

Verizon Wireless is celebrating the recent V CAST launch in the San Francisco Bay Area by conducting the Verizon Wireless Extreme 3D Gaming Challenge and gaming competition featuring the ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER game played on the new Motorola e815 V CAST handset. The competition began on Sept. 10, with racing junkies speeding their way through 12 qualifying rounds at participating locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The competition will culminate with a final competition in San Franciscos Union Square on Sept. 24 where the best of the best will face off to decide who will be the victor in Verizon Wireless mobile gaming competition. Gamers will compete for chances to win music CDs, concert tickets and a grand prize including an Oakland Raiders luxury suite party for up to 16 guests. For more information about the Extreme 3D Gaming Challenge, visit www.vcastextreme3d.com.

Gameloft is the only premier mobile game developer that has realtime multiplayer technology, allowing players to create an online gaming community through their wireless phones. Exclusively available to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers, Gamelofts realtime multiplayer capability gives players the ability to seek out, challenge and defeat their friends within the V CAST coverage area.

V CAST is available in more than 60 major metropolitan areas from coast to coast and at many of the nation's busiest airports. There are no airtime charges for V CAST customers to download 3D games and customers can find 3D games on select V CAST-enabled phones in the getGAMES shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store.

ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER and an array of other new 3D games are located in the V CAST Games section of the getGAMES shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store. Customers with V CAST-enabled phone can download ASPHALT URBAN GT: MULTIPLAYER for $2.99 monthly access or $8.49 for unlimited use purchase.

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nations most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of videogames for mobile phones. Established in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew or Symbian technology. The total number of mobile handsets with this technology is anticipated to exceed one billion units in 2007. Gameloft has worldwide offices in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Quebec, Paris, London, Dusseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris. For more information, visit www.gameloft.com.

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