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Discreet Hires Games Industry Manager Michel Kripalani

To drive product design for 3ds customers in game development (July 30, 2004)

Discreet announced today that Michel Kripalani has joined its team as Games Industry Manager. A veteran of the gaming industry, Kripalani founded and operated San Diego-based game development company Presto Studios (Myst III:Exile). Strengthening Discreets powerful 3ds max software development team, Kripalani will drive product design and management for customers in game development as well as coordinate industry relations with key game developers and console manufacturers. 80% of the leading video game developers use 3ds max software in their game development pipeline, and many of this years top award-winning games, including Splinter Cell 3 (Ubisoft), Halo 2 (Bungie) and Jade Empire (Bio Ware), were developed using Discreet tools.

?In addition to its use for feature film and television effects, 3ds max has long been a market leader in video game development. We are very excited to have Michel on board to oversee this growing market for Discreet. He is incredibly experienced, not only on the business side of gaming a hands-on developer and producer, said Marc Petit, vice president of product development, Discreet. ?Michel truly understands the feature needs and the pipeline demands of game developers, and will be invaluable in working with our clients and to help guide our development teams to deliver cutting-edge game production tools.

As founder and president of Presto Studios, Kripalani was the visionary behind the creation, growth and success of the San Diego-based game studio. In May of 2002, Presto Studios shipped MYST III: Exile, the award-winning sequel to the best-selling PC game of all time. Kripalani was responsible for both business and product development . He delivered over 25 million dollars of development contracts to Microsoft, Activision, Broderbund, Ubisoft, Bandai and others.

?This is a very exciting time to be joining Discreet. 3ds max has long been the established, industry leader in game creation tools, said Kripalani. ?At Presto Studios, we used Discreet software to develop all of our games in recent years. I look forward to bringing a game developers perspective to Discreet to maintain and continue growing our position as market leader.

About Discreet
Discreet empowers media professionals to realize the visual experience and transform their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Discreet's award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management, and delivery visual effects, color grading, and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montréal, Québec, and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company.

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