9th October 2008

BC’s Fit Brains Partners With Prevention.com

VANCOUVER – Fit Brains today announced a new strategic partnership with Prevention.com, the top online health magazine site. The partnership will expand Prevention’s game offerings to include the engaging and scientifically developed brain fitness games by Fit Brains.

With more than 1.7 million unique visitors, Prevention.com is one of the top online destinations for women seeking health, fitness and beauty tips and advice. The new partnership will add to the brain training games channel of Prevention.com, offering a greater variety. Users can access the online brain exercise routine by visiting www.prevention.com/braingames.
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9th October 2008

SilverBirch Signs Red Mile Merger Agreement

Latest addition will create one of Canada’s leading video game companies

Toronto – SilverBirch Inc. (TSX-V: SVB), a leading digital media company, today announced that it has signed its merger agreement with Red Mile Entertainment, Inc. Red Mile is a California-based video game publisher with worldwide rights to established brands and intellectual properties including the “Heroes” flight combat franchise. Heroes of the Pacific sold over 600,000 copies and the sequel, Heroes Over Europe is expected to ship in March of 2009.

“We are on track in building a multi-platform world-wide video game publishing presence,” commented Derek van der Plaat, CEO of SilverBirch. “Red Mile is expected to contribute meaningful revenues and cashflow in this fiscal year.”

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9th October 2008

Shift Control Media’s Coca-Cola Branded Games Win Silver Pencil

Casual games designed and produced for “Happiness Factory” digital campaign perform well in inaugural competition

Shift Control Media’s original branded games for the Coca-Cola “Happiness Factory” online environment won a Silver Pencil in the gaming category at Tuesday night’s first-ever One Show Entertainment Awards.
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9th October 2008

New Web 2.0 Guitar Website Gives Guitar Enthusiasts An Online Showcase

Toronto – Guitar Hype is the new Web 2.0 Guitar website which provides guitar enthusiasts with a more effective, interactive interface, designed to increase their exposure to the world of guitars.

The development of a new guitar website based on Web 2.0 model with video upload capabilities has been underway since September 16, 2008. The website, called Guitar Hype, will provide guitar enthusiasts with a platform to showcase their talents and increase their exposure to the media and the general public. It will also provide both the up loaders and the audience with an attractive way to watch unique, user-produced guitar videos and songs without the hassle of actively searching for the content.

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3rd October 2008

Smoking Gun Interactive Secures Multi-Million Dollar Private Funding

Creative forces behind the highest rated strategy game* of all time reveal new private funding investment

Smoking GunVancouver Smoking Gun Interactive Inc., an independent premier video game studio announced today that it has recently finalized a multi-year, multi-million dollar financing agreement with private investors to expand the studio and the development of an as-of-yet undisclosed new property.

“This injection of private capital allows us to continue to control our own destiny, and deliver on our vision of taking interactive entertainment in new directions, and redefining what tomorrow’s games can be”, said John Johnson CEO and Creative Director of Smoking Gun Interactive, “We’ve expanded our core team with some exceptional talent, and with this financial expansion we’re now looking forward to welcoming new faces to our team and new partners to our business, as we become a leading force in independent games development”.
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3rd October 2008

Sanuk Games opens Canadian studio led by Ali Kojori

Sanuk GamesBangkok/VancouverSanuk Games, a leading independent game studio in Southeast Asia, announced today the opening of a new studio in Vancouver. Ali Kojori, a seasoned game executive and entrepreneur, is appointed as managing director.

Ali started his career in the entertainment industry in 1994 as an FX/Character Animator/Lead Animator with Morning Glory Images and with Mainframe Entertainment on various television shows. In 1999, Ali moved into the video game industry at Electronic Arts, starting out in research and development on the upcoming PS2 and Xbox game consoles, and switching shortly thereafter to Technical Art Director role for a number of AAA titles including Def Jam: Vendetta (AKI), NBA Street, SSX, SSX Tricky, Triple Play Baseball 2001 and Fight Night 2004 (NuFX Chicago). He also served as Animation Director on FIFA 2003.

In April of 2004, Ali founded NextGen Entertainment, a new game production company. NextGen secured a contract with their first client Ubisoft to complete their Racing/Combat title 187 Ride or Die on which he served as Producer. In June 2005, Ali was assigned as a Senior Producer on a PS2, XBOX, PC title Heroes of Pacific, Published by UbiSoft / CodeMasters and Developed by IR Gurus Interactive in Australia. The game was released in October 2005.
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1st October 2008

New Animated Series Debuts

Vancouver – Animation Brewery Productions is proud to announce the debut of Gross National Product!, a series of animated political satires featuring the talents of the legendary comedy duo Double Exposure. These hilarious animated shorts will poke fun at current events with the celebrated wit of Double Exposure’s Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen.

The first episode, which takes aim at the federal election’s upcoming Leaders’ Debate, debuts today online at the official GNP site. Episodes will also be posted on Animation Brewery.

Double Exposure Brings Two Decades of Comedy Experience

Multi-talented comedians Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen began working together as Double Exposure on CBC Radio 21 years ago, then toured their shows across the country throughout the 1990s, and eventually found a home on television on both CBC TV and CTV. The award-winning Vancouver duo will write the scripts and perform the voices for Gross National Product!

You can also keep up to date and find some behind-the-scenes info at the GNP Blog

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18th August 2008

Electric Playground Goes Daily on G4 TechTV Canada

G4techTV is pleased to announce the Telly-Award winning TV series The Electric Playground is expanding to offer viewers daily gaming, tech and entertainment news. Starting August 18, 2008, EP Daily will air on G4techTV from Monday to Friday, at 6pm ET.

After 12 successful years as a weekly TV series, The Electric Playground will continue to bring viewers all the latest news and product reviews from the gaming universe and will expand its content as part of the move to a daily show. The show will continue to go on location and behind the scenes to provide interviews with video game developers, previews of upcoming games, industry news, technology features and celebrity gamer segments, as well as a look at the latest gadgets, toys and comics. Under the new daily format, the show will also feature the who’s who of filmmakers, animators, musicians, novelists, visual effects professionals and athletes, as well as the low down on cool websites, gadgets, television programs, movies and the top gaming and consumer tech conventions.

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18th August 2008

SilverBirch Inc.’s Lighthouse Interactive Signs With Nintendo

Leading worldwide videogame publisher Lighthouse Interactive, part of SilverBirch Inc.’s (SVB : TSXV) video game division, announced today that it has signed a Publisher License Agreement with Nintendo of Europe GmbH. This allows Lighthouse Interactive to publish and develop products on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ platforms.

Steve Wall, Cofounder and Vice President of Lighthouse Interactive said, “This is a significant milestone in the continued growth of the company. It gives us the opportunity to further expand our product catalogue and take Lighthouse Interactive to the next level. We look forward to working with Nintendo.”

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12th August 2008

Splitfish Goes to Leipzig

Edmonton, Canada- SplitFish AG (SplitFish), the world’s premiere designer of PlayStation®3 first-person-shooter (FPS) console controllers, announced that it will be showing off its award-winning FragFX controller at Games Convention August 20-24, 2008 at the Leipziger Messe exhibition halls in Leipzig, Germany. Some of Europe’s best first person shooter gamers will be on hand at the booth offering tips and demonstrations of top PlayStation 3 games. Splitfish’s booth will be located in Hall 1, Booth #78H. Splitfish is inviting press and other attendees to schedule appointments with them during the show. Additionally, wholesalers are welcome at the Splitfish booth to pre-order the latest version of the FragFX.

Splitfish recently announced a partnership with LIVING PICTURE AG that would allow Splitfish access to Living Picture’s established worldwide distribution network and immediately provide financial and additional sales resources required to increase the SPLITFISH production capacity. SplitFish`s popular Playstation 3 controller, the FRAGFX, has a current backlog of orders in Europe and North America.

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