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Sumner Joins RedOctane as Chief Executive Officer

Guitar Hero recently won five awards (February 17, 2006)

Music game publisher RedOctane® has announced the appointment of industry veteran Kelly Sumner to the position of Chief Executive Officer as it seeks to establish a global presence in the games industry. The company announced yesterday that their American smash success game Guitar Hero(TM) will be published in the United Kingdom starting in April 2006, rolling out across Europe shortly after.

Guitar Hero recently won five awards -- including the coveted "Innovation in Gaming" accolade -- at the prestigious DICE Summit in Las Vegas, and its critical and commercial success has propelled the publisher into the global limelight.

Now, Sumner's appointment confirms the Sunnyvale-based company as a serious player in the global videogames industry. His previous role was CEO of Take Two Interactive -- a position he occupied as the firm grew from medium-sized videogames publisher to the dominant force it is today. Sumner's achievements are long and illustrious, with his crowning glory being the global release of Grand Theft Auto III at Take Two in 2001. A firm industry favorite, he has outstayed many transitional changes, having started his interactive career at Commodore Computers in 1978.

"RedOctane is a dream for me," says Kelly Sumner, CEO of RedOctane. "Following a period where I've been in a non-exec role with this tremendously exciting company, I'm delighted to return to the industry I love in a position many would kill for."

"RedOctane's plans have excited me like no other company around. In fact, I've not felt this kind of buzz and excitement since Grand Theft Auto III. The firm is ambitious, smart and extremely talented and I intend to drive RedOctane to a position of global dominance."

Well-known as a leading creator of video game peripherals, RedOctane published Guitar Hero as well as designing the first US guitar controller for the PlayStation®2. For more information on RedOctane and their line of products please visit

About RedOctane

Based in Sunnyvale, California, RedOctane® is an innovative video game publisher, specializing in rhythm action games. The company began as the world's first online videogame rental service. In 2001, RedOctane introduced the world's first home non-slip dance mat and dance mat covers, and a year later the firm's Ignition Pad was premiered -- subsequently winning a host of peripheral awards. Guitar Hero was released in the US in November 2005 -- to universal consumer and critical acclaim. For more information on RedOctane please visit

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