New York, NY â€“ July 6th, 2005 â€“ MTV and MTV Games, the new interactive entertainment division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIAB), today announced a unique strategic alliance with Myelin Media, LLC, a publisher of interactive entertainment software for STACKEDâ„¢ with Daniel Negreanu, a Texas Hold â€˜em game scheduled for release in Fall 2005 for the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft Corporation, PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the PSPâ„¢ (PlayStationÂ®Portable) system from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and the PC. MTV and Myelin will be working together to deliver the high-paced action and experience of poker to the MTV audience via on-air, online, mobile and other platforms, as well as developing programming based on the STACKED brand to air around the time of the release of the game. MTV.com will serve as the official online site of STACKED on all platforms. Under the deal, MTV is also able to participate in a revenue sharing structure.
â€œFollowing on our recent series of exciting gaming announcements, this unparalleled alliance for Myelin Mediaâ€™s STACKED with Daniel Negreanu represents a complete evolution in the world of poker and represents another exciting addition to the MTV Games family,â€ stated Jeff Yapp, MTV Networks Music and LOGO Enterprise Group. â€œWith the popularity of Texas Hold 'Em as the hottest poker game of choice amongst celebrities, athletes, hardcore and casual players alike, we are looking forward to bringing this new, fun and technically brilliant experience of poker, video games, and some of the worldâ€™s top professional poker players to our extremely savvy audience via various broadcast platforms across the MTV networks including MTV, MTV2, mtvU and much more.â€
â€œWe are extremely excited to collaborate with MTV for STACKED with Daniel Negreanu,â€ said Gene Mauro, CEO of Myelin Media, LLC â€œThe promotional power of MTV and their ability to integrate across various platforms allows us to bring STACKED and the poker phenomenon to a truly diverse audience. Through the various planned MTV / STACKED co-branded initiatives on-air and online, we will be able to give players the opportunity to enjoy poker in a whole, new way all from the comfort of their homes.â€
"STACKED and MTV are a perfect fit,â€ stated Daniel Negreanu. â€œI've been a huge MTV junkie for years because they bring the latest, emerging trends to the public. STACKED is whatâ€™s hot in poker right now and we are extremely excited to take this phenomenon to the masses.â€
STACKED with Daniel Negreanu is the first video game to bring next-generation gameplay and broadcast quality production to Texas Hold 'em Poker. Learn everything from the fundamentals to advanced strategies from poker's premiere player and refine your game against the world's most advanced artificial intelligence system before testing your skills in massive online tournaments. STACKED will feature its own sanctioned multi-table tournament system called â€œSTACKED Mastersâ€ and will also include involvement from the seven professional players associated with the game, providing the most in-depth online play and community experience for any poker video game. Through MTV.com, players will be able to participate in the official STACKED sanctioned online tournaments including special challenges with the pros as well as view tournament standings and game play stats. MTV.com will also host a community where STACKED players can share and compare their game play, challenge other players and interact with the pros. This initiative with Myelin for Stacked further extends MTV.com's coverage of Video Games and follows the recent launch of Video Games on MTV.com -- a focused home for Gamers on MTV.com.
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About MTV Games
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About Myelin Media
Myelin Media, LLC. is a privately funded entertainment software publisher headquartered in New York City. Established in March 2004, Myelin aims to bring unique game content to consumers by empowering developer creativity. Visit www.myelinmedia.com for more information.
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