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Virtools Announces Authorized Game Developer Program

Launches today with its first five members (March 08, 2005)

Virtools, the leading provider of interactive 3D authoring tools, announces today the launch of the Virtools Authorized Game Developer Program with its first five members.

Many large developers and publishers already use the Virtools technology for proof of concept and prototyping, but they need to externalize some short-term game developments, either for the fast growing downloadable game market (PC, Mac, Xbox Arcade) or traditional retail budget PC/Xbox titles. Virtools represents the best choice for them, while their internal teams are usually built towards large projects.

The goal of the program is to ensure publishers a level of expertise on the Virtools development platform explains Virgile Delporte, VP Sales Americas for Virtools. Today's games must be built faster with no concession on quality, and this is exactly what Virtools is recognized for.

Virtools today announces the first 5 Virtools Authorized Game Developers in North America that will show their talent and experience with Virtools on the Virtools booth (#125). Each of them commented their joining of the program with enthusiasm:

We have built products on several competing technologies, and would not consider any of them nearly as powerful as Virtools. It would be similar to comparing C++ to programming in assembly. - Wyeth Ridway, Leviathan, President and CTO

The Virtools Software Suite provides the versatility we need to be competitive in the downloadable games market. We're excited about becoming a Virtools Authorized Game Developer; it will strengthen that versatility and allow us to react to fresh opportunities and reach new markets more effectively. - Matthew Wegner, Flashbang Studios, Development Director

eRelevant is delighted to participate to Virtools's Authorized Game Developer Program. It is a crucial step into building a community of professionals around this now essential tool. This program will insure that the best quality of services will be provided to our present and future clients. - Frederic Markus, eRelevant, President

Using Virtools software solutions provide our clientele with superior 3D online and CD-Rom game development . We look forward to creating further surprising and discovery-filled interactive experiences as a Virtools Authorized Game Developer. - Karen Snyder, Innermation, CEO

Virtools has definitely helped us save on the development time of some of the online 3D titles we are currently producing for various clients. We have found that Virtools is a cost-efficient and powerful solution that increases productivity and meets the high quality standards that Sarbakan games are renowned for. - Stephane Menard, Sarbakan, CEO

The first 5 authorized game developers have been carefully selected. They experienced extensive training and have developed several high-quality games with Virtools solutions. However, the goal is to have a network of over 10 authorized game developers around the world within the end of 2005 and a ever-growing network for the next years.

The Virtools Authorized Game Developer Program will make the studios take advantage of the Virtools developers and publishers network and will help them close more business and accelerate their ROI even more.

About Virtools
Virtools launched its commercial activities in 1993 with consulting and services targeting interactive real-time 3D. With vital industry needs in mind, Virtools built the company's initial software solution, Virtools Dev. As an Independent Software Vendor since Q4 1999, Virtools has become the leading provider of comprehensive software development solutions for building innovative, highly interactive 3D content.

With several thousands of users throughout the world, the Virtools Software Suite enables prototyping, development and deployment of offline and online/networked video games, along with applications in the fields of industrial simulation/virtual reality and marketing/multimedia.

Virtools clients include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Microïds, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros Online, Blue Fang Games and Ubisoft, as well as industry leaders such as Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, EDF, EADS, CEA, CNRS, France Telecom, Matsushita, American Department of Energy, Intel, Publicis Networks/Renault, Arte TV and L'Oréal.

Among its partners in the gaming industry, Virtools counts Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia/ATI, Discreet, Alias, Newtek, Havok, NXN and Softimage.

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