SAN CLEMENTE, CA, ROCKVILLE, MD and BEDMINSTER, NJ — Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS), the world's leading 3D mobile games publisher, Vir2L Studios, a ZeniMax Media company, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, today announced the availability of AMF Xtreme® Bowling on Verizon Wireless' new V CAST wireless broadband multimedia service. V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the first true 3G wireless broadband consumer multimedia service in the country, allowing customers to view crystal clear graphics for 3D games and short content because it runs on Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network the only widely available wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States. The V CAST coverage area, which mirrors Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network, is available in more than 30 major metropolitan markets and covers more than 75 million people.
AMF Xtreme Bowling allows players to choose from the classic wood lanes to the neon-flashing Xtreme lanes that are representative of the AMF Bowling emporiums located all over the world. Gamers have the ability to bowl against friends or AI (artificial intelligence) players. AMF Xtreme Bowling combines a classic favorite with some of the most advanced mobile gaming graphics available today, delivering an exciting and engaging gaming experience to V CAST customers.
"We're very excited that AMF Xtreme Bowling will be available to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers," said Kevin Roberts, chief executive officer of Superscape Group plc. "We are confident that Verizon Wireless V CAST customers will enjoy the challenging and addictive gameplay of this bowling title. As the demand for 3D games rapidly grows, we are delighted that Superscape is positioned at the forefront of this market."
"This game is a great way for AMF to extend the reach of our brand both inside and outside the bowling industry," said Ron Wood, general manager of AMF Consumer Products.
"AMF Xtreme Bowling is an exciting addition to our 3D game lineup and the console quality of the game from Superscape and Vir2L, combined with the power of the 3G network V CAST runs on, means that we are able to deliver a truly unique and innovative mobile experience," said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
For $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, customers get the V CAST VPak that includes unlimited access to a wide array of more than 300 daily updated video clips from leading content providers. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees apply for 3D games, premium video clips and all other Get It Now® applications. There are no airtime charges to download or stream and watch video clips and other V CAST content. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers also receive monthly access and unlimited browsing on Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web 2.0 SM news and information service. In addition, customers can choose from premium video clip content, available at additional cost that includes music videos and more.
For a limited time, customers who sign up for V CAST will receive two months of service free. V CAST's array of hot new multimedia programming is located in the Get It Now virtual store customers can access video from favorite news, sports and entertainment providers in the getVIDEO shopping aisle and check out new cutting-edge 3D games in the getGAMES aisle. V CAST also gives customers unlimited airtime to browse and view applications in the other familiar Get It Now shopping aisles such as getTONES and getGOING.
AMF Xtreme Bowling is available in the getGAMES shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store for $2.49 monthly access or $8.99 for unlimited use purchase. V CAST customers can find AMF Xtreme Bowling on three new 3G EV-DO phones available today the LG VX8000 from LG Mobile Phones is the featured phone and is available to Verizon Wireless customers for $199.99 after $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement. V CAST customers can also find AMF Xtreme Bowling on the Samsung a890, which is $249.99 after a $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement, and the CDM8940 from UTStarcom Personal Communications (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) for $229.99 after a $70 rebate with a two-year customer agreement.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
(EDITORS: High-resolution images of AMF Xtreme Bowling on V CAST are available online. Log on to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia to preview and request images.)
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About AMF Bowling Worldwide
AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc is the largest owner and operator of bowling centres in the world, with about 385 US bowling centres and over 100 international bowling centres. AMF also manufactures and sells bowling equipment and consumer bowling products.
About Vir2L Studios
Vir2L Studios LLC (www.Vir2L.com) is an award winning developer of interactive content for the Internet, broadband, wireless devices and mass-market connected devises. Winner of two Clio Awards and the Gold Cannes Cyber Lion, Vir2L Studios is the wireless games provider for Bethesda Softworks LLC, a leading PC and console game publisher and developer. Vir2L Studios and Bethesda Softworks are wholly owned subsidiaries of ZeniMax Media Inc. Among Vir2L's more popular wireless franchises are The Elder Scrolls Travels® series, IHRA Drag Racing, and Ducati® Extreme motorcycle racing.
Superscape is the world's leading 3D mobile games publisher. The company was the first in the world to develop and launch international standard (JSR 184) compliant solutions for the delivery of innovative games on mass-market handsets. Superscape's 2D and 3D games are available from the majority of global network operators. The company's technology has been adopted by Siemens, Samsung and Motorola and Superscape's portfolio of games is based on many well-known brands including those from 20th Century Fox, Universal, Sony and Activision.
Superscape is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and has corporate offices in Hook, Hampshire (UK), San Clemente, California (USA) and Moscow. www.superscape.com
AMF Xtreme® Bowling © 2005 Vir2L Studios LLC, a ZeniMax Media company. Vir2L and ZeniMax are registered trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. Distributed under license from AMF® Bowling Worldwide, Inc. AMF® and AMF Xtreme® logos, marks and designs are the registered trademarks or trademarks of AMF® Bowling Worldwide, Inc. Copyright 2005 Superscape Group plc. Superscape, Swerve and the Swerve logo are registered trademarks of Superscape Group plc. All Rights Reserved.