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Activision Acquires Gray Matter Interactive Studios

Bolsters Activision’s Position as Developer of First-Person Action Games (January 14, 2002)
Activision, Inc. today announced that the company has exercised its option to acquire the remaining 60% equity interest in Gray Matter Interactive Studios Inc., the developer of Activision’s holiday season blockbuster PC game, "Return to Castle Wolfenstein."

The acquisition of Gray Matter, combined with Activision’s Raven Software studios, solidifies the company’s industry leading position as a developer of first-person action games. Today’s announcement, which follows Activision’s recent acquisition of Treyarch Invention, LLC., further underscores the company’s commitment to acquire high-quality entertainment software developers with proven technical and design talent.

"Activision has had a long-standing relationship with the principals at Gray Matter beginning in 1998 with the development of id Software’s 'QUAKE II™ Mission Pack: The Reckoning,' " states Ron Doornink, President and COO of Activision, Inc. “Gray Matter’s proven track record in creating some of the most memorable PC action games is aligned with Activision’s strategy to acquire companies with a history of creating high-quality products which over time can enhance the company’s financial operating model. Gray Matter has a very talented team of programmers, designers and artists and we are confident that the studio’s development strengths will further establish Activision as a leader in the PC action genre.”

Gray Matter Interactive Studios is an L.A.-based game developer founded by the top designers previously with Xatrix Entertainment, the developer of such popular games as "Redneck Rampage" and "Kingpin." Industry veteran Drew Markham has signed a long-term employment contract with Activision and will continue to manage Gray Matter studios. Additionally, key employees also have signed long-term employment contracts with Activision.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gray Matter Interactive Studios became a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision. Activision issued 133,690 shares of common stock in connection with the acquisition.

Activision does not expect this transaction to affect its previously announced revenue and earnings per share guidance for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002 or for fiscal year 2003.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $620 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001.

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