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Company name: 3DI Address: Paul Oglesby 3DI The Old Vicarage Main Street Darley Harrogate North Yorkshire HG3 2QF

Digital Illustration for print, advertising, packaging and POS.

Phone number: 0845 4582898 Mobile number: 07980 801 930 Fax number: 0871 2220189 General email: paul@threedi.net Website: www.threedi.net Key contacts: Paul Oglesby paul@threedi.net Number of employees: 6 Year established: 1995

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Company name: an.x ltd Address: 1 Quality Court Chancery Lane London WC2A 1HR Phone number: 0207 785 7156 General email: admin@anxagency.com Website: www.anxagency.com Key contacts: Jon Sloan js@anxagency.com Ed Deighton ed@anxagency.com Andi Ewington andi@anxagency.com Number of employees: 11 Year established: 2006

Specialists in design, branding and strategy for the leisure and entertainment industries. We’re an advertising agency that offers that little bit extra. In addition to the usual design for print, packaging and broadcast, we’ve worked with a number of prominent publishers to help them develop their existing IPs, guide new concepts through to greenlight, and refine product positioning for a first introduction to market. Our team has experience on your side of the fence, by holding senior roles at publishers in the UK, France and America, so we understand the processes and structures you have to operate within. Whatever stage your product is at, we can help ensure that it is planted firmly in the minds of your target audience via sharp positioning, strategic promotions, relevant advertising and stand-out packaging and POS. We have the tools and experience to cut through the noise and put your brands front of mind. Content creation and IP development Game greenlight processes Design Strategy Marketing communications Copywriting Advertising Point Of Sale Packaging First party print submissions Video/TV production

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Company name: Ark VFX Ltd. Address: Lydgate House Lydgate Lane Sheffield S10 5FH Phone number: 0114 268 4999 General email: michael@arkvfx.net Website: www.arkvfx.net Key contacts: Michael Powell michael@arkvfx.net Andy Turner andy@arkvfx.net Number of employees: 10 Year established: 2004

Ark VFX was set up four years ago as a specialist boutique studio to provide world class art and animation for the film, advertising, television and video game industries. Ark has been involved in many projects for triple-A video game properties over the past few years including: Thirty minutes of cinematics for Driver: Parallel Lines by Reflections, HD movies for Evolution’s acclaimed PS3 racer Motorstorm, an intro movie for Codemaster’s X360 strategy game Overlord, cinematics for Bizarre Creations’ shooter The Club and the opening ‘island approach’ sequence for the teaser for the sequel to Motorstorm: Pacifica. Alongside our commercials work we are currently working on a new cinematic project for Sega. Although often secret and subject to NDA, pre-visualisation and x-movies are something Ark is well suited to; many of our artists worked in video games before joining Ark. Our speciality is to create worlds previously existing only in the imagination of designers, and to do that in an intelligent way that gives the client maximum value for money. We pride ourselves on providing excellent communication and customer satisfaction, and the advantage of being UK-based allows us to liaise closely with our clients at all stages of the creative process.

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Company name: Barrington Harvey Address: Troopers Yard Bancroft Hitchin Herts SG5 1JW Phone number: +44 (0)1462 456780 Fax number: +44 (0)1462 456781 General email: info@bhpr.co.uk Website: www.barringtonharvey.co.uk www.bhpress.co.uk Key contacts: Simon Byron, PR simon.byron@bhpr.co.uk Kathryn Humphrey, Event Management kathryn.humphrey@bhpr.co.uk Jodie Holdway Event Sales and Sponsorship jodie.holdway@bhpr.co.uk Simon Harvey Consultancy and Business Development simon.harvey@bhpr.co.uk Number of employees: 16 Year established: 1988

We have been making noise for our partners and clients for 20 years this year. It's a rich history. It gives us unique insights and perspectives. Our reputation for creative thinking, hard work and delivery has been built in these 20 years. Our history is not just about the press we have done, the events we have created, built and developed. It's not just about the consultancy, business development, resourceful thinking and our own investment. It's also about the experience we have had on the way; the fun; the madness and the friendships and relationships we have made across the decades. But let's bring things up to date. 2008 is about new ideas, new products and new thinking. BH is in the video games space, we are in mobile, we are in education and now we are in the music space with Mr Eavis and Mr Gabriel for our latest venture. We are in events, we are in PR and we are consultants. Our team is experienced but it is also infused with new young talent, helping us write the next chapter in our history to help drive the work we do now and in the future with the Edinburgh Festival, with Guitar Hero, with GRID, with Nokia, with BAFTA, with ELSPA, with our work on awards events, with 19 and with all our friends and partners. Bring on tomorrow...

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Company name: Bastion Address: 32-38 Saffron Hill London EC1N 8FH Phone number: +44 (0)20 7421 7600 Fax number: +44 (0)20 7421 7601 General email: info@bastion.co.uk Website: www.bastion.co.uk Key contacts: Dean Barrett dean@bastion.co.uk Charlotte Le Rougetel charlotte@bastion.co.uk Mark Ward mark@bastion.co.uk

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a marcom partner that knows how to deliver creative campaigns that get results, come and talk to Bastion. For 16 years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been at the heart of the interactive entertainment industry, creating campaigns that motivate consumers. With experts in creative PR, digital marketing, media planning and buying, experiential PR and event management, Bastion can provide you with the support you need to achieve your objectives, on budget and on time. We can help you take your campaigns around the world, replicating and adapting for each local market, with our ONEVOICE network. For a partner who really knows how to play the game, come and talk to Bastion.

Number of employees: 11 Year established: 1992

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Company name: Candy Lab Ltd Address: 130 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 5EU Phone number: +44(0)20 7031 0888 Fax number: +44(0)20 7031 4302

3D development, imaging and animation for the entertainment industry.

General email: info@candylab.co.uk Website: UK: http://www.candylab.co.uk Europe: http://www.candylab.nl Key contacts: UK: John Fox Europe: Michael Janssen Number of employees: 22 Year established: 2005

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Company name: Dilute Recordings Address: The Lodge Weyvern Place Weyvern Park Old Portsmouth Road Guildford Surrey GU3 1LZ Phone number: 01483 306834 Fax number: 01483 306834 General email: info@diluterecordings.com Website: www.diluterecordings.com Key contacts: Adi Winman, Creative Director adi@diluterecordings.com Haydon Haynes, Business Development haydon@diluterecordings.com Number of employees: 6 Year established: 2004

Dilute Recordings specialises in creating high-definition audio for many areas of multimedia (such as games, sample CDs/DVDs, websites and multimedia devices). The Dilute production team has been creating audio in various forms for nearly two decades. Dilute Recordings skills and accomplishments include music production/engineering for major label releases, sound design and implementation for games, post-production for film, surround concert location recording and audio consultancy. From simple sound bites and interactive web-based audio to full orchestral recordings and surround mixes, Dilute can provide clients with bespoke audio development tailored to individual needs. As proud members of three external development programs, we also understand the need for true integration between third party outsourced audio development and internal creative teams at game developers and publishers. Our attention to detail and passion for audio means that an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;old schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach to the early stages of the production process adds an extra dimension to what we can offer our clients. Our research is also helping the multimedia industries to further advance their technologies and products. Our audio has been used by: THQ, Nadeo, Mercury Games, Monumental Games, Platinum Sound Publishing, WCS Records, Marshall Amplification, Creative Labs, Faber Music, Climax, Digital Jesters, Rough Trade Records and many more.

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Company name: DKPM Address: DKPM North The Workstation 15 Paternoster Row Sheffield S1 2BX DKPM South The Office 24 Greville Street London EC1N 8SS Phone number: 0845 111 0312 Fax number: 0845 111 0314 General email: info@dkpm.co.uk Website: www.dkpm.co.uk

At DKPM we have a simple belief: a great team will always beat a bunch of talented individuals. And we’ve a real talent for putting people together. It shows in the work we do, the results we achieve and the kind of relationships we have with our clients. We also believe that branding is a case of ‘more is more’. The greater the number of touch points between your brand and the consumer, the better. You could call it media neutral. You could call it an integrated approach. You could call it common sense. We call it Total Branding.

Key contacts: Andy Weir andy.weir@dkpm.co.uk Number of employees: 16 Year established: 2001

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Company name: ELSPA Address: 167 Wardour Street London W1F 8WP Phone number: 020 7534 0580 Fax number: 020 7534 0581 General email: info@elspa.com Website: www.elspa.com Key contacts: London Games Festival: Duncan Best duncan.best@elspa.com Charts and membership information: Annette Rawlinson annette.rawlinson@elspa.com PR and Public Affairs: Simon Sauntson simon.sauntson@elspa.com Number of employees: 13 Year established: 1989

ELSPA, the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association, is the trade association for video games publishers in the UK. ELSPA was formed in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the country’s video games industry and has grown to its current membership of almost 60 companies. ELSPA works to protect, promote and provide for its members’ interests via a number of activities including anti-piracy enforcement, research, sales charts and reports and political lobbying. It also ensures its members publish games which are responsibly agerated with the pan-European PEGI ratings system to ensure parents can make informed choices when purchasing games for their children. ELSPA also helps organise a number of key gaming events in the UK including the annual London Games Festival, staged every October. The London Games Festival is an annual celebration in the capital of all things games-related. Running just over a week, it is a cultural and business celebration of the country’s games industry - reflecting both the cultural influence of games and their significance in today’s society. Created by the London Development Agency (LDA) and with the full support of the industry and its trade bodies ELSPA and Tiga, the festival provides an exciting array of both consumer and trade-only events in the capital. For more information, visit www.londongamesfestival.co.uk.

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CREATIVE CAMPAIGNS THAT CONNECT WITH YOUR MARKET

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Company name: Eye-D Creative Limited Address: 212A Tower Bridge Road London SE1 2UP Phone number: +44 (0) 20 7407 1440 Fax number: +44 (0) 20 7407 2440 General email: info@eye-dcreative.co.uk Website: www.eye-dcreative.co.uk Key contacts: Steve Eddicott, Managing Director steve@eye-dcreative.co.uk Number of employees: 8

Print, digital and motion communications Combining creative talent, strategic thinking, enthusiasm and dedication with a thorough understanding of your industry, we deliver highly effective campaigns that connect with your market and maximise your return. Keyart/renders | Branding | Packaging | Print advertising Point of Sale | Brochures | Online advertising | Websites Microsites | Digital press kits | HD game footage capture Trailers | Broadcast TV Eye-D Creative â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Serious about games.

Year established: 1997

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Company name: FEREF Address: 17-18 Great Pulteney Street London, W1F 9NE, UK 8335 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood CA90069, USA Phone number: UK: +44 (0)207 292 6300 USA: +1 323 337 9013 Fax number: UK +44 (0)207 292 6301 General email: info@feref.com Website: www.feref.com Key contacts: Robin Behling, Chairman robinbehling@feref.com Chris Kinsella, Strategic Partner chriskinsella@feref.com

Creators of bespoke advertising and communications Our key specialities are broadcast, digital, print and design

Recent and forthcoming campaigns for our gaming clients: Assassinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creed Colin McRae DiRT Far Cry 2 Football Manager Haze Operation Flashpoint 2 Racedriver GRID

Adrian Brown, Client Services Manager adrianbrown@feref.com Number of employees: 50 Year established: 1968

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Company name: Fluid Address: Fluid Studios 12 Tenby Street Birmingham B1 3AJ England Phone number: +44 (0)121 212 0121 Fax number: +44 (0)121 212 0202 General email: drop@fluidesign.co.uk Website: www.fluidesign.co.uk Key contacts: James Glover, Creative Director james@fluidesign.co.uk Number of employees: 9 Year established: 1995

From brand identity to ad campaigns; from 3D modeling to exhibitions; from packaging to web design and multimedia Fluid combines a strategic approach with progressive design to provide a solution that will fulfil all your requirements. Whether you need a universal vision or unique attitude to an individual project, Fluidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comprehensive knowledge and experience ensure successful solutions on every level. Design/Branding/Advertising/3D Modeling/Multimedia/Web Design/TV Clients Include: Adidas BBC Worldwide Black Bean Games Capcom Coca-Cola Disney Interactive Eidos Electronic Arts EMI Records Empire Interactive Ghostlight Leviâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Microsoft Xbox Nokia Pinnacle SCi Games Sega Sony Computer Entertainment Europe THQ Ubi Soft

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Company name: Frontroom Address: Studio 21b Farm Lane Trading Centre 101 Farm Lane Fulham London SW6 1QJ

Phone number: 020 7384 5400 General email: info@frontroom.com Website: www.frontroom.com Key contacts: Lau Glendinning, Managing Partner lau@frontroom.com Jackie Davis, Managing Partner jackie@frontroom.com Number of employees: 15 Year established: 2004

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to count some of the most respected names in the entertainment industry as part of our family. Indeed, with over ten years of work on some of the biggest titles around, across TV, press, outdoor and online, it would be hard to pick just one piece of creative that stands out above the rest. Fact of the matter is weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re equally proud of every single bit of work we do. Whether it be a global campaign, a TV ad, or a pack design, we look at every job as a new opportunity to do something great. We enjoy unique partnerships with our clients, working as extensions of their marketing teams to get the very best results. And with our solid base of entertainment-focused clients we are always able to bring fresh thinking and new ideas to every job. If you would like to learn more about our successes and how we can make a real difference to your next release, check out our website, or simply call for a chat.

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Company name: Game Frontier Limited Address: Round Foundry Media Centre Foundry Street Leeds LS11 5QP Phone number: 0870 420 2424 Fax number: 0700 580 1361 General email: info@gamefrontier.com Website: www.gamefrontier.com Key contacts: Jaffer Mir, Managing Director jaffer@gamefrontier.com Nigel Goddard, Director of Operations nigel@gamefrontier.com Number of employees: Less than ten Year established: 2002

Established in 2002, Game Frontier is a UK-based private company which provides support services for the international computer gaming industry, specialising in marketing, consultancy and in the production and stage management of digital entertainment events. Game Frontier has strategic partnerships with several international brands and has over six yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience delivering specialist support to the gaming industry and in the competitive video gaming arena. Game Frontier has helped popularise the concept of 'Electronic Sports' and professionally produced computer gaming events and tournaments. Game Frontier also manages an online gaming league, thesgl (www.thesgl.com), which is home to 40,000 online gamers across Europe and receives 80 million hits per month. The site provides a platform for gamers to compete on a range of 40+ game titles with leagues, tournaments and one-off challenges continuously in operation.

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Gem Creative Get your message out Gem Creative offer retail specific design and production support including trade & consumer advertising campaigns, Point of Sale, marketing collateral, repackaging, bundling and concept solutions.

One integrated solution Contact Neil Handa Gem Logistics St George House Parkway Harlow Business Park Harlow Essex CM19 5QF 01279 822822 www.gem.co.uk

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Company name: Gem Creative Address: St George House Parkway Harlow Business Park Harlow Essex CM19 5QF Phone number: 01279 822800 Fax number: 01279 421979 General email: neilh@gem.co.uk Website: www.gem.co.uk Key contacts: Neil Handa, Marketing Manager neilh@gem.co.uk

A division of Gem, the Gem Creative division supports Gemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core sales function in marketing and communication, trade PR, collateral and trade show attendance. Gem Creative can also offer a design and production agency solution to support our suppliersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs in the retail channel. We can be used by our supply partners as a second tier agency to complement their existing in-house facilities or agency relationships, especially where there is an additional requirement. Gem Creative can offer design and production support in key areas such as trade and consumer advertising campaigns, Point Of Sale material, repackaging, bundling design and retail solutions, as well as offering media buying and publishing facilities.

Number of employees: 6 Year established: 2007 (Gem 1984)

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Company name: Head First Advertising & Design Address: Fourways House 57 Hilton Street Manchester M1 2EJ Phone number: 0161 228 6699 Fax number: 0161 228 7979 General email: think@head-first.co.uk Website: www.head-first.co.uk Key contacts: Stephen Hey stephen@head-first.co.uk Carl Pugh carl@head-first.co.uk

Head First knows games like no one else. Its strategic insight, practical experience and creative expertise know no boundaries when it comes to making an impact on the consumer. That's why companies like Nintendo, THQ, Capcom and Activision trust it with key franchises and new product launches and why Head First hits the spot, every time. Specialist services include: Advertising - strategy and creative Artwork - box and docs origination and localisation Digital - banner campaigns, websites, social, viral and mini-games Video - trailers, documentaries, localisation

Dom Conlon dom@head-first.co.uk Ged Grainger ged@head-first.co.uk Number of employees: 9 Year established: 1999

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Company name: IGA Worldwide Address: 54 St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square St Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House EC1V 4JL Phone number: +44 (0) 207 250 4340 Fax number: +44 (0) 207 250 4341 General email: inquiries@igaww.com Website: www.igaworldwide.com Key contacts: Peter Bilotta, President and COO pbilotta@igaww.com Ed Bartlett, VP Publisher Relations, Europe ebartlett@igaww.com Giuseppe Bellanca, VP Ad Sales, Europe gbellanca@igaww.com Number of employees: 65

IGA Worldwide, Inc. (http://www.igaworldwide.com) is the leading in-game advertising company. The IGA Worldwide Radial Network(SM) enables advertisers to target millions of engaged gamers across a wide range of platforms and genres. IGA Worldwide was selected by Sony Computer Entertainment America and Europe as the first partner for the PlayStation 3's in-game advertising platform. The company has delivered campaigns for diverse brands such as; 20th Century Fox, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Burger King, Toyota, Intel and Diesel. IGA Worldwide also provides strategic consulting services including integrated product placement and promotion through its dedicated creative solutions department. Headquartered in New York with offices in London and Berlin, the group is backed by Peacock Equity (a joint venture between GE-Commercial Finance and NBC Universal), Easton Capital Group, Intel Capital, Morgenthaler Ventures, KTB Ventures, Translink Capital, Presidio STX, LLC. and ITOCHU Corporation.

Year established: 2004

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Company name: Indigo Pearl Ltd Address: 8a Lonsdale Road London NW6 6RD Phone number: +44 (0) 20 8964 4545 General email: Info@indigopearl.com Website: www.indigopearl.com Key contacts: Caroline Miller caroline@indigopearl.com James Beaven james@indigopearl.com

Number of employees: 8 Year established: 2000

Indigo Pearl has been at the forefront of entertainment technology PR since its inception in 2000. Covering all aspects of gaming and gadgetry, Indigo Pearl combines creativity with superb attention to detail. In our experience, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who you know and what you know that delivers optimal exposure in this PR category. We are results-driven and our backgrounds in journalism, game publishing and European distribution give us a unique commercial perspective of what you need to achieve from PR. Indigo Pearl also provides the most successful press website and extranet model in the industry. With clients that include Sony Computer Entertainment, Sega, Disney Interactive Studios, Atari, Midway and Capcom Europe, we design, built, host and manage the most complete solution available. For more information on Indigo Pearlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PR or Asset Management services, please contact us on +44 (0)20 8964 4545 or info@indigopearl.com.

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Company name: infinite Field Marketing Solutions Address: infinite House Unit 7 Woodside South Marston Business Park Swindon Wilts SN3 4WA Phone number: 01793 829196 Fax number: 01793 829229 General email: business.services@infinitefms.com Website: www.infinitefms.com Key contacts: Jason Evans, Marcomms Manager jasonevans@infinite-group.uk.com Number of employees: 250 Year established: 1999

Award Winning Agency and Solutions The definitive choice of field marketing and training agency infinite Field Marketing Solutions is the leading provider of specialist field marketing solutions to the IT, telecoms and consumer electronics sectors. It is in the privileged position of providing field marketing and related services to some of the world’s best known brands. We strongly feel that the clients who utilise the provision of field marketing services deserve a professional, proactive and above all courteous manner. At infinite FMS, we place priority on putting the client first each and every time. Our company ethos drives everyone to ensure that we deliver on our promise. We can provide tactical ad-hoc or ongoing strategic services for your needs and requirements. The services we provide to the marketplace are: • Sales support • Merchandising • Compliance and auditing • Business to business sales and training • Data collation and analysis • Paper and video mystery shops • Product demonstrations and promotional days Proud to supply MCV with Mystery Shopping reports.

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Intent Media is a specialist publisher of trade publications and websites for entertainment and technology markets. For information call 01992 535647


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Company name: Intent Media Address: Saxon House 6a St Andrew Street Hertford Hertfordshire England SG14 1JA Phone number: 01992 535647 Fax number: 01992 535648 Website: www.intentmedia.co.uk Key contacts: Stuart Dinsey, Managing Director stuart.dinsey@intentmedia.co.uk Dave Roberts Business Development Manager dave.roberts@intentmedia.co.uk Number of employees: 45

Intent Media is an independent business publisher, specialising in high quality publications and websites. The current portfolio consists of the weekly MCV: The Market for Computer and Video Games, plus monthlies Develop, ToyNews, PC Retail, Mobile Entertainment, Musical Instrument Professional, Audio Pro International and BikeBiz. Plus Licensing.biz and Casualgaming.biz. Intent Media is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) and the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA). The company also operates a contract publishing division, as well as the MCV Industry Excellence Awards, Develop Industry Excellence Awards, Mobile Entertainment Awards, Games Media Awards and PC Retail Awards. Further online services and events are planned.

Year established: 1998

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Company name: OUTSOURCE MEDIA (voice) Address: OM Studio London: Unit 2, 22 Pakenham Street London WC1X 0LB OM Studio North: Axis, Unit 2, 2 Brown Street Sheffield S1 2BS USA: 185 Comanche Topanga, CA 900290 Phone number: UK: +44 (0)207 713 9000 US: +1 310 435 2334 Fax number: +44 (0)207 713 8790 General email: production@omuk.com Website: www.omuk.com www.loveaxis.com Key contacts: Mark Estdale, Production mark@omuk.com Rachel Lankester, Development rachel@omuk.com Tamsin Pearson, Accounts tamsin@omuk.com Trine Jensen, US trine@omuk.com

Outsource Media: the best voice production practices of film, TV and radio for games. Our expertise focuses on producing high production value voice content for games. Our standard creative services of casting, script work, rehearsals, recording and post are enhanced by expert consultancy services to facilitate cost effective, well planned and smooth production. Our services are flexible, focussed and comprehensive. • Dialogue writing and editing • Casting, rehearsal and character development • Voice recording (solo, ensemble and crowd) • Voice recording with motion and facial capture • Post production and implementation support • Production planning and consultancy • Expert support for grass roots development and prototyping • Any language, any location 2008 Develop Industry Excellence Awards nominee for Creative Outsourcing

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Company name: Peppermint P Address: 71 Endell Street London WC2H 9AJ Phone number: +44 (0)207 240 2645 Fax number: +44 (0)207 681 1967 General email: info@peppermintp.com Website: www.peppermintp.com Key contacts: Keef Sloan keef.sloan@peppermintp.com Tony Coles tony.coles@peppermintp.com Number of employees: 4

Peppermint P. We’re a team of people that, collectively, bring many decades of experience and expertise from the fields of PR and marketing and mould it into what we like to think of as something a little bit different from your normal run-of-the-mill PR agency. We’ll spend our time listening to you, rather than talking at you, and will then tailor a campaign that is able to suit any budget, any objective and any timescale. Be it a product campaign from initial announcement to post-launch activity, highly targeted profile and brand management, strategic consultation or a complete press office solution, Peppermint P will service your needs with passion, commitment, intelligence and respect – and all at a price that won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Feel free to call us, and maybe we can help you freshen up your PR.

Year established: 2007

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Company name: RealtimeUK Address: Willows Farm Studios Ballam Road Westby Lancashire PR4 3PNx Phone number: RealtimeUK North: 01772 682363 RealtimeUK London: 0207 8309310 Fax number: 01772 683592 General email: info@realtimeuk.com Website: www.realtimeuk.com Key contacts: Stacey Lewis, Account Manager Stacey@realtimeuk.com Number of employees: 26 Year established: 1996

RealtimeUK is a production house that creates stunning computer-generated 3D imagery and animations and is widely recognized for producing CG films that make a real impact on their target audience and deliver awesome image quality. It has a successful history of producing imaginative animations for both photo-real and stylised games for some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier developers and publishers. After 12 years in the business, RealtimeUK has now established itself not just as a high quality production company but also as a strong resource for creative concepts, storyboards and art direction. RealtimeUKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experienced team can offer a full creative solution from concept through script and design to final completion. Teamed with their understanding of cinematography and visual impact they can shape an animation and ensure that it stands out from the crowd. Please contact Stacey today for a copy of our latest showreel.

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Company name: Rocketbox Studios GmbH Address: Leonhardtstr. 10 30175 Hannover, Germany Phone number: +49-511-8984384 Fax number: +49-511-8984386 General email: info@rocketbox.de Website: www.rocketbox.de Key contacts: Markus Wojcik mw@rocketbox.de Number of employees: 12 Year established: 2003

Rocketbox Studios GmbH works as a graphics outsourcing studio for game developers and has specialised in the creation of 3d models, textures and animations which are optimised for realtime applications. Recent projects we have worked on can be seen in the Portfolio section of www.rocketbox.de Furthermore, we develop and distribute graphics libraries which can save developers lots of time and budget with the development of their projects. Human character libraries like ‘Complete Characters’ and ‘Complete Soldiers’ are available for licensing. The next product that will be released in 2008 is ‘Complete Animals’, which consists of animal models that are already animated and ready to use in renderings, realtime 3d games or simulations. For more information please take a look at www.rocketbox-libraries.com.

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Company name: Root Address: 4 Ravey Street Shoreditch London EC2A 4QP Phone number: 0207 739 2277 Fax number: 0207 613 0342 General email: info@thisisroot.co.uk

A creative agency for the entertainment industry. The team specialises in making brands meaningful and desirable to youth culture, producing award winning solutions worldwide.

Website: www.thisisroot.co.uk Key contacts: Martin Root martin@thisisroot.co.uk Sally Green sally@thisisroot.co.uk Lana Henry lana@thisisroot.co.uk Number of employees: 10 Year established: 1990

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Company name: Sarsen Software Address: Harvard House Grove Technology Park Wantage Oxfordshire OX12 9FF Phone number: +44 (0)845 867 9685 Fax number: +44 (0)871 244 9451 General email: info@sarsensoft.co.uk Website: www.sarsensoft.co.uk Key contacts: Niki Dinsey niki.dinsey@sarsensoft.co.uk Liam Faulkner liam.faulkner@sarsensoft.co.uk Kath Boardman kath.boardman@sarsensoft.co.uk

Do you have something exceptional you would like the world to know about? Sarsen would like to help you make it happen. Sarsen is a passionate new creative design and marketing shop dedicated to providing our clients with the very best possible exposure for the very best possible price. Sarsen has extensive experience in marketing design, website/webapp development, online community creation and nurturing word-of-mouth/viral online product buzz. If you have a product or message that you would like to have PR exposure, materials creation or just advice, contact Sarsen today. Our Oxford-based, small and highly focused team includes graphic designers, web application specialists, Adobe Flash development gurus and PR campaign managers. Call or email Sarsen today!

Michelle Price michelle.price@sarsensoft.co.uk Number of employees: 11 Year established: 2007

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Company name: Side UK Ltd Address: Side UK Ltd Great Titchfield House 14 – 18 Gt Titchfield Street London, W1W 8BD Phone number: +44 (0) 207 631 4800 Fax number: +44 (0) 207 631 4801 General email: info@sideuk.com Website: www.side.com Key contacts: Andy Emery, Managing Director andy.e@sideuk.com Number of employees: 15 Year established: 1997

Side is an award winning production company providing creative services to the games industry. With over ten years’ experience and a reputation for high quality production, Side is a trusted partner for leading publishers and developers around the world. Our game writers agency, Sidelines, provides creators of ideas, stories, characters and dialogue. The casting department sources actors from across the globe, while our voice and MoCap directors guide them towards perfect performances. Side’s music department boasts BAFTA nominated composers who have seen the commercial release of three game soundtracks. Recent productions with the Prague Philharmonic have reinforced our strong relationship with the orchestra. Technical excellence is assured at Side’s cutting-edge recording facilities in London and LA. And the introduction of ‘Side Mobile’, our on-location audio rig, enables recording of dialogue for Full Performance Capture sessions in any location. Side has the experience to deliver creative, high quality writing, vocal performances and music for games. Selected projects include: FABLE 2 (Lionhead); Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (FUNCOM); LittleBigPlanet (SCEE); Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts); Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory); SEGA RALLY (SEGA); STALKER (THQ); Tomb Raider: Legend (Eidos); Dragon Quest: Journey of the Cursed King (Square Enix); Driver: Parallel Lines, (Atari); Medieval II: Total War (SEGA); The Movies (Lionhead); Juiced (THQ); Killzone (SCEE)

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Company name: SKYSKRAPER Limited Address: 34 Percy Street London W1T 2DG Phone number: +44 (0)20 7631 5308 General email: showmemore@skyskraper.net Website: http://www.skyskraper.net Key contacts: Paul Boulding, Creative Director paul@skyskraper.net Scott Boulding, Lead Designer scott@skyskraper.net Chris Houston, Head of Interactive chris@skyskraper.net Deb Stockdale-Hughes (nĂŠe Kilroy) Operations Manager deb@skyskraper.net Number of employees: 5+

Creators of digital media for the biggest brands in the industry. We conceive, design and deliver visually rich experiences online, in video and in print. We are your creative partner, helping you steer your campaign from concept to market across both new and traditional media. Our production team offers a complete digital media service. While designing your website or online advertising, we're thinking of your digital escalator panels; while creating your trailers, we have a plan for capitalising on this in print. Our clients testify to the rewards of this holistic, coordinated approach to media.

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Year established: 2005

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Company name: studio CO2 Address: studio CO2 2 wey barn 22-26 high street godalming surrey GU7 1AD UK

Phone number: +44 (0)1483 414 415 Fax number: +44 (0)1483 414 183 General email: info@studioco2.com Website: www.studioco2.com Key contacts: Steve Cross, Creative Director steve@studioco2.com Year established: 2002

Studio CO2 is a dedicated team of multi-disciplined designers with a straight-talking approach to the creative process. Specialising in advertising, branding, brochures, key art, packaging, POS, trade marketing materials and web design, we pride ourselves on our versatility. With years of commercial experience in the entertainment and publishing markets, we all share a passion for delivering what we promise: intelligent targeted creative. Our philosophy is simple: by dealing direct with the designers, you get the most from your brief and your budget. No Chinese whispers No watering down of information No delays. Our long-term client list is testimony to the success of this refreshing approach: Microsoft (pan-europe), Codemasters, Southpeak Games, the Random House Group, Pan Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Mattel. They can all breathe easy. With experience of working with clients from all over the world, understanding the importance of making a concept â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in production as much as on the screen and ensuring that our designs are targeted to our customers markets, our clients are really seeing the benefits. You could too.

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Company name: The Audio Guys Ltd Address: 25 Bridge End Southam Warwickshire CV47 1PD Phone number: +44 (0) 1926 813546 General email: info@theaudioguys.co.uk Website: www.theaudioguys.co.uk Key contacts: Tim Bartlett tim@theaudioguys.co.uk Dan Gardner dan@theaudioguys.co.uk Number of employees: 3 + freelance support Year established: 2006

The Audio Guys is an audio outsource company, providing a complete audio solution to game developers and publishers. With over 25 years’ combined experience in game audio development, we have well over 150 titles under our belts, covering all gaming formats and platforms. Our previous work has featured on many ‘AAA’ titles over the years, including the Micro Machines, Brian Lara Cricket, TOCA Touring Cars, Colin McRae Rally, Operation Flashpoint, LMA Manager and Race Driver series of titles. Recently, our work includes Overlord (Codemasters), Sega Rally (Sega) and Sega Superstars Tennis (Sega) amongst others. Current work includes US football title Backbreaker (Natural Motion), plus several unannounced titles. We are eager to team up with any developer, anywhere in the world, to offer whatever game audio services are required. We can provide...full audio system design and documentation... consultancy and advice...sound design... project management... planning and scheduling...dialogue and localisation services... specialist recording...surround mixing...sourcing of music... the list goes on. We are experienced and committed game audio developers – far more than a simple outsource solution. We can integrate into your title, in whatever way you require, from full hands-on development of audio systems, to just supplying assets, and everything in between. We are already working on some great titles for 2009…and would be delighted to talk to you about your next project, no matter how big or small.

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Company name: The Pixel Address: The Witheys Whitchurch Bristol BS14 0QB Phone number: 01275 831 676 Fax number: 01275 892 396 General email: info@thepixel.com Website: www.thepixel.com

The Pixel is a full service design and marketing agency with a track record of creative excellence, technical aptitude and exceptional customer service. The Pixel has worked with both young companies and household names to build businesses, win customers and enhance brand value. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to build a new brand from existing business or invigorate your brand with a new look and feel, The Pixel offers a complete creative service.

Key contacts: Stephen Leyton, Creative Director steve@thepixel.com Duncan Ball, Account Manager duncan@thepixel.com Tom Worley, Development Manager tom@thepixel.com Number of employees: 9 Year established: 1998

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Company name: Uber Address: Royds Mills Windsor Street Sheffield S4 7WB Phone number: 0114 278 7100 Fax number: 0114 278 7101 General email: info@uberagency.com Website: www.uberagency.com Key contacts: alan@uberagency.com amy@uberagency.com richard@uberagency.com Number of employees: 20

Creative ideas, brand focused design and award-winning campaigns lie at the heart of a company that is annoyingly proud of its client relations, as well as the genuine and talented people that make up Uber. Our team consists of entertainment industry specialists responsible for many of the most memorable campaigns over the last 15 years, combined with young, fresh, passionate talent. Satisfied Uber clients within the entertainment sector have included Activision, Midway, THQ, Universal Pictures, Codemasters, Take Two, Setanta Sports, Sega, Sony, BBC and Vivendi amongst others. You can get a better taste of Uber at www.uberagency.com but if you want to give your product the pedestal it deserves, then simply call us for a chat.

Year established: 2004

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Company name: AFA Interactive Pty Ltd Address: 66 Hughes Street Mile End South Australia 5131 Australia Phone number: +618 8234 1355 Fax number: +618 8234 0291 General email: sales@afainteractive.com.au Website: www.afainteractive.com.au Key contacts: Robert Allford, robert.allford@allforall.com.au Number of employees: 8 Year established: 2000

AFA Interactive is Australia’s rising star of independent and exclusive distribution of video games, accessories, and peripherals. With established accounts with every major retailer in Australia and New Zealand, plus a huge network of independents – serviced by an experienced sales team – AFA has successfully managed exclusive distribution for a number of international publishers and manufacturers for a number of years. As we’re independent, every title from our range of exclusively licensed labels receives the full attention they deserve, and our higher than average unit sales per title consistently reflect this. AFA Interactive’s dynamic approach to product marketing and strong links with Australia’s specialist press give your titles the edge when they hit the shelves. AFA is actively seeking to bolster its portfolio of labels and publishing partners so please contact us if you wish to maximise your opportunities down under.

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Company name: dtp entertainment Address: dtp entertainment AG Goldbekplatz 3-5 22303 Hamburg Germany Phone number: +49-(0)40 / 66 99 10-0 Fax number: +49-(0)40 / 66 99 10-10 General email: info@dtp-entertainment.com Website: www.dtp-entertainment.com Key contacts: Sรถren Lass Business Development Director s.lass@dtp-entertainment.com Christopher Kellner International Sales Director c.kellner@dtp-entertainment.com

Established in 1995, dtp has since grown to become one of the leading developers, publishers and distributors within the electronic entertainment sector in Central Europe. Our headquarters, based in Hamburg, has 85 employees driving our business with many years of experience in the industry and the right instinct and heart for further growth. Our company has a successful track record of publishing games for all audiences and platforms. dtp is a competent partner offering all services of relevance to the games industry, ranging from development to marketing and from distribution to publishing. Being financially very solid and seeing a healthy growth, dtp is always looking for talented people, competent partners, inspiring new products and business opportunities.

Number of employees: 85 Year established: 1995

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Company name: Entertainment Trading Address: Bejlerholm 6 DK-9400 Norresundby Denmark Phone number: +45 70277640 Fax number: +45 70277640 General email: info@entertainment-trading.com Website: www.entertainment-trading.com Key contacts: Mike Nielsen, CEO mike@entertainment-trading.com Mark Nielsen, Purchasing Manager mark@entertainment-trading.com

Entertainment Trading is a leading distributor of interactive entertainment products in the Nordic countries. With more than 550 customers in Nordic countries and across most of Europe, we offer a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OneStop Shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concept in supplying the best games at the best price. We offer a range of services aimed at improving the profit of our customers. You can subscribe to our product database, and we will deliver product information and product boxshots to you. Receive our stocklist twice a week with our big range of games that are in stock and ready to ship. Contact us to be signed up now.

Jacob Risgaard, Marketing Manager jacob@entertainment-trading.com Lars Funck, Key Account Manager lars@entertainment-trading.com Number of employees: 8 Year established: 2002

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Company name: Funtastic Limited Interactive Entertainment Address: 635 Waverley Road Glen Waverley Victoria Australia 3150 Phone number: 61 3 9535 5888 Fax number: 61 3 9545 0829 General email: interactive@funtastic.com.au Website: www.funtastic.com.au Key contacts: Gavin Wulfsohn, Business Manager Gavin.Wulfsohn@funtastic.com.au Number of employees: 400 (Total Funtastic business) Year established: Funtastic Ltd – 1994 Interactive Entertainment division – 2005

Funtastic is an entrepreneurial marketer and distributor of consumer branded merchandise with product spanning all aspects of family life. In Australia and New Zealand, Funtastic is custodian to some of the world’s largest children’s brands including Bratz, LeapFrog and Pez. Our focus is on building a profitable and sustainable business, based on strong financial disciplines, innovation, speed to market, customer intimacy and value-added partnership with all key stakeholders. The Interactive Entertainment division was established in October 2005 to complement and leverage our brands, business model and relationships. We believe the secret to success in the Interactive Entertainment category is effectively managing the product lifecycle of all our properties to ensure we are maximizing returns for all players through all stages of the cycle. We look forward to discussing distribution opportunities for your product range in the Australian and New Zealand markets.

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Company name: THQ Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd Address: Level 8, 606 St Kilda Road Melbourne, Victoria Australia 3004 Phone number: +61 3 9573 9200 Fax number: +61 3 9510 8548 General email: martin.good@thq.com Website: www.thq-games.com/au Key contacts: Martin Good, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific – martin.good@thq.com

THQ Asia Pacific is one of the region’s leading software publishing and distribution businesses. Launched in March 2000, the company distributes to countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and India. IceStorm Entertainment, a division of THQ, provides international partners direct representation in Australia and New Zealand as part of its Affiliate Partner Program. This program offers a professional full time dedicated sales and marketing team, providing a high level of focus, whilst leveraging the market share of THQ publishing.

Rodney Block, General Manager Sales and Marketing, Australia and New Zealand – rodney.block@thq.com Travis Plane, Marketing Director Asia Pacific – travis.plane@thq.com Paul Donovan, Export Business Director Asia Pacific – paul.donovan@thq.com Number of employees: 215 across publishing and development Year established: 2000

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Company name: Virgin PLAY, S. A. Address in Spain: Paseo de la Castellana 9-11 28046 Madrid Spain Phone number: +34 91 789 35 50 Fax number: +34 91 789 35 60 Address in Portugal: AVD. Duque de Loulé 123 EDIF. Studio Office 3.4 1069-152 Lisboa Portugal Phone number: + 351 213 146 510 General email: distribution@v2play.com International website: www.v2play.com Iberian website: www.virginplay.es Key contacts: Tim Chaney, President Paco Encinas, Managing Director Vicente Gómez, Sales & Marketing Director Number of employees: 35 Year established: 1995

Virgin PLAY is an independent Spanish company with a long history of video game distribution in its local Iberian market of some of the most important franchises in the interactive entertainment industry. Under Virgin’s new brand, v.2 PLAY, Virgin PLAY publishes its own titles and currently owns the exclusive rights to publish and distribute the official games of well known worldwide brands such as Real Madrid, Pocoyo and Lola & Virginia. In addition v.2 PLAY has created some powerful IPs, led by Crusaders: Thy Kingdom Come for PC, Super Hind for PSP and the exciting and pioneering Mind Your Language series for Nintendo DS. From Japanese publisher AQ Interactive, 2008 will see the release of Warriors of the Lost Empire (Lost Regnum in Japan) on the PSP and Away Shuffle Dungeon on DS. ● IBERIAN DISTRIBUTION: Virgin PLAY adopts either

the B&S (buy/sell) distribution model in which the purchase of a product is immediate, or offers a guarantee of sales for specific quantity and then licenses and sells the product to our extensive customer base. Part of the process includes the planning and execution of marketing and PR plans that accompany each title when launched. Virgin PLAY adapts the products into Spanish and Portuguese in order to provide a fully localised product. ● PUBLISHING AND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION:

Virgin PLAY, maintains solid distribution relationships with distributors throughout Europe, Japan and the U.S. As a worldwide publisher, we continue to search for new contacts to develop products for PAL or worldwide distribution.

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The leading law firm for media and entertainment with a dedicated team of highly experienced lawyers for the video games industry. We have a long standing reputation for providing commercial and strategic advice including the following: UÊ Development, publishing, financing, licensing, distribution and console platform arrangements UÊ Copyright and other intellectual property rights, branding and licensing of technology, content and personality UÊ Cross-media projects - bridging various media: games, TV, iTV, internet, mobile, film and in-game music and in-game advertising UÊ ,i}Տ>̈œ˜\ÊV>ÃÈwV>̈œ˜]ÊVi˜ÃœÀň«Ê>˜`Ê>`ÛiÀ̈Ș} UÊ œÀ«œÀ>ÌiʓiÀ}iÀÃÊ>˜`Ê>VµÕˆÃˆÌˆœ˜Ã]ʍœˆ˜ÌÊÛi˜ÌÕÀiÃ]Êinvestments, MBOs, corporate finance, shareholder arrangements and IPOs UÊ Advising leading industry figures, creatives and companies on new ventures, employment or consultancy arrangements, share options and incentive packages Contact: Mark Phillips | mark.phillips@harbottle.com Paul Groves | paul.groves@harbottle.com

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Company name: Harbottle & Lewis LLP Address: Hanover House 14 Hanover Square London W1S 1HP Phone number: + 44 (0) 207 667 5000 Fax number: +44 (0) 207 667 5100 General email: hal@harbottle.com Website: www.harbottle.com Key contacts: Mark Phillips, Partner mark.phillips@harbottle.com Paul Groves, Solicitor paul.groves@harbottle.com Number of employees: 170 Year established: 1955

Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides specialist legal advice to the media, entertainment and communications industries. It remains unique in having expertise right across these sectors with specialists working in the games industry alongside specialists in the film, television, broadcasting, sports, music, publishing, performing arts, marketing, IT and communications industries. The firm is known and highly regarded for its legal expertise in video games. This is confirmed by The Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, which consistently position the firm as a leading law firm in the United Kingdom and Europe specialising in interactive entertainment. Clients cover all areas of the industry, including publishers, developers, format owners, distributors, licensors, peripheral companies, trade and consumer magazines, financiers and investors, as well as leading industry figures. The firm provides a full legal service to its clients, covering not only specific games industry work but also corporate finance, intellectual property, employment, litigation, property and tax advice.

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Creative Business Lawyers Sheridans has over fifty years experience advising the biggest names in media, entertainment and communications. Our specialists work throughout the digital gaming industry advising developers, publishers, distributors and financiers engaged across multiple gaming platforms and territories. Ultimately, we help clients develop and protect their commercial interests so you are always in control. Contact: Tahir Basheer or Jeremy Roberts Sheridans Whittington House Alfred Place London WC1E 7EA Tel: +44 (0) 20 7079 0100 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7079 0200 www.sheridans.co.uk

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Company name: Sheridans Address: Whittington House Alfred Place London WC1E 7EA Phone number: 0207 079 0103 Fax number: 0207 079 0203 General email: info@sheridans.co.uk Website: www.sheridans.co.uk Key contacts: Tahir Basheer Tbasheer@sheridans.co.uk Number of employees: 60 Year established: 1957

Established for over 50 years, Sheridans is one of the most respected specialist law firms operating at the heart of the leisure and entertainment industries in the UK. We provide legal, commercial and strategic advice to businesses, developers, entrepreneurs, writers, executives and financiers across a wide variety of interests, be they computer games, music, film, television, art, theatre, sport, live events or any combination of these. We advise developers, publishers and distributors in both the software and computer games industries on the development and exploitation of interactive software and media products, providing services that include: • Drafting and negotiating development, licensing, branding, merchandising, sponsorship and publishing agreements • Advising on applicable intellectual property laws and the protection of content generally • Advising on the formation and structure of JVs to develop, licence and exploit computer software and games, as well as other related financing initiatives • Advising on applicable image rights or other similar personality rights in the UK and abroad At a time when the business of computer games, entertainment and leisure is merging and changing in response to the creation of new distribution opportunities and business models, Sheridans is positioned as an expert adviser with experience across all these interrelated sectors and has a reputation for delivering highly commercial legal advice.

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Specialist Games Services Localisation » Global network of games specialised linguists » Translators to cover all genres of games » All languages covered » In game, scripts, paper parts and marketing translations

Quality Assurance » All platforms (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, PC and Mobile) » Localisation QA » Compliance checks for TRC, TCR and LOT approval » Functionality QA

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Company name: 4-Real Intermedia GmbH Address: Ludwigstr. 32 63067 Offenbach Germany Phone number: +49 (0) 69 80 90 88 - 0 Fax number: +49 (0) 69 80 90 88 - 77 General e-mail: info@4-real.com Website: http://www.4-real.com Key contacts: Michael Buss michael.buss@4-real.com Roger Schoenberg roger.schoenberg@4-real.com Number of employees: 22 Year established: 1999

4-Real is the leading games agency for German localisation of PC and video games. Our competent and creative team delivers high-quality localisation, in close co-operation and contact with the client or developing studio, to meet the demands of the market and the product. In order to guarantee excellent translations, our in-house team of copy editors thoroughly and comprehensively checks all translated text before it is delivered or processed. Experience has shown that this is the only way to ensure top-quality translations – for action blockbusters as much as for gimmickrich racing games and children’s fairy-tale games. Sound recordings are performed at our in-house recording studios by experienced directors and sound engineers in close co-operation with our translation team. We work solely with professional actors and voice talents to guarantee authenticity and first-rate cinematic quality. Our in-house recording studios are fitted with state-of-the-art recording equipment and seamlessly integrated into our agency’s infrastructure, enabling us to react smoothly and quickly to any changes during the localisation and recording process on even the most extensive projects. For all projects, we take extra care to meet agreed upon deadlines and budget arrangements. In co-operation with first-rate agencies from across Europe, 4-Real also offers localisation for all other European languages.

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Company name: Absolute Quality Address: Skypark One 8 Elliot Place Glasgow G3 8EP Phone number: +44 (0)141 220 5600 Fax number: +44 (0)141 248 8143 General email: europeansales@absolutequality.co.uk Website: www.absolutequality.com Key contacts: Neil Ross, Head of Test nross@absolutequality.co.uk Scott Strachan, Business Development sstrachan@absolutequality.co.uk Number of employees: 150 Year established: 1996

Absolute Quality, an e4e company, is one of the world’s leading providers of QA testing, localisation and technical support services to the interactive entertainment and digital media sectors. Our global operations spanning Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific make us the perfect launch pad for publishers and developers wishing to localise, test and certify their titles in those regions and for supporting their customers after the release of their product. Our specialised test teams work across a range of platforms including PC, Mac, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft consoles, online and mobile, and we offer services in a wide range of European and Asian languages including: • Console QA (functionality and localisation) on DS, PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii. • Translation, voiceover and DTP services • State of the art PC and Mac compatibility testing lab • Thousands of mobile devices worldwide • Porting and platform conversion (J2ME, BREW, Symbian, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Blackberry) • 24/7 specialised technical support across 13 languages

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POST PRODUCTION SERVICES - Translation - Localised Audio - Localisation QA - Localised Compliance QA - Print - Mobile J2ME & BREW Porting - Mobile certification and deployment - Online customer support Europe: +44(0)1273 764100

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Company name: Babel Address: 11-12 Hove Business Centre Fonthill Road Brighton BN3 6HA Phone number: 01273 764100 Fax number: 01273 732278 General email: sales@babelmedia.com

Babel is the recognised industry leader in specialist outsourced services for the games industry. Babel has been voted Best Outsourcing Company 2003, 2005 and 2007

Website: www.babelmedia.com

Babel has facilities in Brighton, Los Angeles, Montreal, and New Delhi, with 150+ full-time staff backed up by 350 contract QA, localisation and production personnel.

Key contacts: Chloe Giusti, Business Development Manager Europe and Asia chloe.giusti@babelmedia.com

Babel also maintains a global network of around 350 in-country translators, segmented by genre, who specialise in games translation.

Keith Russell, Global Sales and Marketing Director keith.russell@babelmedia.com Anthony McGaw, Client Services Director anthony.mcgaw@babelmedia.com Number of employees: 500 Year established: 1999

Babel offers a complete suite of outsourced services for the development and post-production of PC, console, handheld, online and mobile titles. Babel has worked on some of the best-selling titles for many of the leading international publishers and developers, such as SCEA, SCEE, SCEJ, SEGA, Nintendo,THQ, Ubisoft, Eidos, Capcom, Nokia, Activision â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Blizzard, Namco Bandai, Midway, Konami, Majesco, NCSoft, Take 2, Square Enix, Rising Star, Hudson, EA, TT Games, Bethesda, Warner Brothers, Aspyr, Warner Bros, Kuju, Relentless and LucasArts. Babel is an approved Microsoft Xbox 360 test house, approved SCEA QAAP test house and a test partner for Nintendo. Babel is an approved test house for Vodafone, Java Verified, and Nokia SNAP

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Company name: Cenega Service Team Address: Cenega Poland Sp. Z o.o. 02-234 Warsaw, Poland Phone number: +48 22 574 25 78 Fax number: +48 22 574 25 55 General email: service@cenega.com

Cenega Service Team evolves, grows bigger and reaches new heights, but one thing remains the same: the dedication of its employees and quality of its work. Go on, check it out for yourself.

Website: www.cenega.com Key contacts: Pawel Grzywaczewski pg@cenega.com Adam Piesiak a.piesiak@cenega.com Number of employees: 70 Year established: 1995

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Large Scale Multilingual Project Specialists Over 250 in-house permanent fully trained staff Video Game Testing and Balancing in Over 12 Languages Consoles – Mac and PC – Technical Support – Focus Group and Product Evaluation –Pre-Certification – Load Testing – MMOG Rapidly Scalable to over 500 Testers

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Company name: Enzyme Labs Address: Head Office 2775 Rolland Ste Adele Quebec J8B 1C9 Canada Phone number: Head Office +1 (450) 229-9999 ext.312 Europe +33 1 70 61 57 20 ext.312 Fax number: +1 (450) 229-6660 General email: info@enzyme.org Website: www.enzyme.org

Professionals Dedicated to the Science of Game Testing Enzyme Labs is one of the only companies in the world solely dedicated to game testing. As an ISO 9001:2000 certified company with state-of-the-art 2,000 m2 secure facilities, we are focused on providing an uncompromising level of quality multilingual services to our clients. Our lab managers are experienced in project management and the rigorous testing procedures we have developed at Enzyme Labs. When choosing to work with us, you benefit from: • French, English, Japanese and German project managers for effective communications • Fully trained in-house multilingual staff in over 12 languages

Key contacts: Yan Cyr President & CEO ycyr@enzyme.org Emmanuel Viau Vice-President & COO eviau@enzyme.org Sophie Barnaud-Blancheton Business Development Manager sblancheton@enzyme.org Number of employees: Over 250 Year established: 2002

• Expert advice to assist you develop and balance your game through our focus group and product evaluation services • Pre-certification services with a first submission pass rate that is one of the best in the industry • Flexible day and evening shifts for easy project coordination between time zones • A company that is certified or recognised as an authorised testing facility for all major game console manufacturers Enzyme Labs helps video game publishers and developers reduce production costs, enhance the gaming experience and shorten their time to market by providing multi-platform world class video game testing services.

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Company name: Localsoft, S.L. Address: Calle El Azahar, s/n Edificio Jardines Tropicales Nueva Andalucía 29660 Marbella (Málaga) Spain Phone number: +34 952 92 93 94 General email: info@localsoftgames.com Website: www.localsoftgames.com Key contacts: Randall Mage, General Manager mage@localsoftgames.com Nina Lampinen, Office Manager nina@localsoftgames.com Number of employees: 12 Year established: 1988

Localsoft is a world-class, one-stop localisation service provider with more than 20 years of experience in video game localisations. Localsoft translates video game manuals, on-screen text, voiceover scripts, back-of-box text, promotional material and websites into 50 languages. Additionally, Localsoft offers desktop publishing, text-flow, complete audio services including foreign language voiceovers, localisation and functionality testing via debug units and quality assurance. We have localised well over 500 video game titles in a variety of languages and platforms including many triple-A titles. Our inhouse staff works around the clock so that you can bring your product to market on time and within budget. Localsoft has localised millions of words for the video games industry and has the know-how and the experience to make your next title a smashing success in the international market. We are ready and willing to discuss your localisation needs, present a solution, and offer our service at a competitive price. There is no project too big or too small for Localsoft to handle! Localsoft – your one-stop video games localisation service provider.

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Company name: Orange Studio Address: Via Frassinago 27 - 40123 Bologna - Italy Phone number: +39 051 588 04 50 Fax number: +39 051 588 04 51 General email: info@orangestudio.it Website: www.orangestudio.it Key contacts: Gabriele Vegetti, General Manager gvegetti@orangestudio.it Barbara Bonfiglioli, Art Director bonfiglioli@orangestudio.it Gian Maria Battistini, Project Manager gbattistini@orangestudio.it Antonio Vaccarino, Project Manager avaccarino@orangestudio.it Number of employees: 5 Year established: 2002

Orange Studio is a software localisation agency, specialising in the field of video games and electronic entertainment. Founded in Bologna in 2002, it boasts staff with more than ten yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience. Its structure is based on a web of highly specialised skills, with a flexible core and capacity to guarantee the customer a particularly direct and effective relationship. We deal with the translation and the localisation from/to the main European languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish. The constant search for quality, the attention to detail, the linguistic and technical competence are the targets that drive our work. SERVICES Orange Studio can carry out complete localisation projects at any complexity level, and also take charge of specific steps upon request, with the highest flexibility: * Texts translation and proofreading * Graphic processing * Processing and correcting print material * Selection and recruitment of actors and speakers * Realisation and supervision of voice dubbing * Integration of translated material * Linguistic testing on the game platforms We are equipped to operate with every type of current game platforms: PC, PlayStation 1-2-3 and Portable, Microsoft XboxXbox 360, Nintendo GameCube-Gameboy-DS-Wii, mobile phones.

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Company name: Serco Games Research (part of Serco Usability Services) Address: 22 Hand Court Holborn London WC1V 6JF Phone number: 020 7421 6487 Fax number: 020 7421 6477 General email: info@sercogamesresearch.com Website: www.sercogamesresearch.com Key contacts: Ben Weedon ben.weedon@serco.com Number of employees: 15 Year established: 2003

We provide usability testing to help you identify what works and what needs tweaking in games in development. We work with clients to ensure that the games they create make sense to the end gamers, and are fun. We identify issues that work, or that need addressing, early in development, to be adjusted sooner rather than later, saving development time and money. We run small numbers of gamers through games in development to get an idea of what works best for them. We focus on game issues that you as developers are interested in. It's no fun if the controls don't make sense to the user, no matter how great the game. We can help get that ramp up of beginner-easiness to expert-hardness just right too. We recruit the participants you want, and run the sessions for you. We have state of the art testing labs in central London, allowing you to view all the sessions if you wish. We also have mobile testing kits, so that we run sessions at your offices, especially if security is paramount or your time is short. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be delighted to hear from you, to discuss any queries you might have about the process.

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Company name: Universally Speaking Address: Priory Chambers Priory Lane St Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 2BH UK Phone number: ++ 44 1 480 210621 Fax number: ++44 1 480 210624 General email: info@usspeaking.com Website: www.usspeaking.com Key contacts: Vickie Peggs, Managing Director vpeggs@usspeaking.com Marco Barbi, Localisation Dept. Manager mbarbi@usspeaking.com Kirsty Knox, Operations Manager kknox@usspeaking.com Hastan Brooks Business Development Manager hbrooks@usspeaking.com Year established: 2005

Universally Speaking is one of the leading providers of specialist games services to the global games sector. Our enviable client list includes the industry's largest publishers and we have localised thousands of games across all platforms and genres. Our experience is second to none. From our secure premises, we provide the full suite of localisation and quality assurance services with a focus on delivering the very highest results, to deadline, and priced competitively. Our specialised internal team, combined with our extensive global network of game linguists, allows for a smooth transition of your product through the localisation and quality assurance process. Our core services include: • Translations • Proof reading / editing / glossary production • Audio including localised voice overs • Localisation QA • Compliance QA • Functionality QA • Manuals and packaging DTP We specialise in the following languages: English (UK/US), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Polish, Czech, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Our QA dept. is equipped with hardware for Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, mobile and PC platforms.

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FOR PUBLISHERS AND DEVELOPERS ASKING THEMSELVES... CAN I GET MY GAMES LOCALISED INTO MORE THAN TEN LANGUAGES BY ONE COMPANY? CAN I HAVE MY LOCALISED GAMES TESTED IN ONE PLACE? CAN I GET THE BEST QUALITY LOCALISATION AND TESTING POSSIBLE? …WE HAVE THE ANSWER:

Just call U-TRAX, the games localisation and linguistic quality assurance experts.

U-TRAX for the love of games! www.utrax.com Headoffice Voetiusstraat 2 3512 JM Utrecht The Netherlands U-TRAX Multimedia Localisation BV Phone: +31 30 293 2098 E-mail: translations@utrax.nl

U-TRAX QA Pieterstraat 5 3512 JT Utrecht The Netherlands U-TRAX Advertising BV Phone: +31 30 232 1272 E-mail: advertising@utrax.nl

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Company name: U-TRAX Address: Voetiusstraat 2 3512 JM Utrecht The Netherlands Phone number: Localisation: +31 30 293 2098 Quality Assurance: +31 30 231 8900 Advertising: +31 30 232 1272 Fax number: +31 30 231 7419 General email: Localisation: translations@utrax.nl Quality Assurance: LQA@utrax.nl Advertising: advertising@utrax.nl Website: www.utrax.com Key contacts: Richard van der Giessen hq@utrax.nl Natasja Hagemeier hq@utrax.nl

U-TRAX offers full advertising, localisation and quality assurance services, including translations, proofreading, copywriting, graphic and interaction design, video production, DTP, voice dubbing and linguistic testing (QA). Our Nordic and Dutch translators are managed from Utrecht and London. Other European, Asian and South American languages are also handled in-house, but carried out locally by our specialised partners. Our in-house testlab provides linguistic QA across 14 languages and offers unrivalled quality thanks to our experienced supervisors. Our excellent management skills and experience in the games industry, combined with solid language skills and our high quality standards, makes U-TRAX the perfect multilingual games localisation and QA one-stop shop for publishers, developers or distributors.

Number of employees: 38 (staff, Âą 50 on flexible contracts) Year established: 1996

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Company name: arvato digital services Address: Wednesbury One Black Country New Road Wednesbury West Midlands WS10 7NY Phone number: 0121 502 7800 Fax number: 0121 502 7811 General email: info@arvatodigitalservices.com Website: www.arvatodigitalservices.com Key contacts: Liam Chivers

arvato digital services specialises in providing replication, fulfilment and distribution/supply chain management, to financial services, and electronic software distribution. Together with a team of proven experts, a global infrastructure of our manufacturing and distribution sites in 19 countries on all five continents and an integrated global IT system, arvato digital services is the preferred partner for world class companies in the IT/high-tech, games, video, and audio sector. arvato digital services is an authorised replicator of Microsoft Xbox and Xbox 360 products (first and third party).

Number of employees: More than 8,000 Year established: 1958

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Company name: Dischromatics Ltd Address: Unit 20, Prince of Wales Industrial Estate, Abercarn, Newport, NP11 5AR Phone number: 01495 243222 Fax number: 01495 243777 General email: sales@dischromatics.co.uk Website: www.dischromatics.co.uk Key contacts: Gareth Spencer gareth@dischromatics.co.uk Alex Spencer alex@dischromatics.co.uk Stewart Spencer stewart@dischromatics.co.uk Kayle Garkut kayle@dischromatics.co.uk Number of employees: 10 Year established: 1989

Dischromatics has been supplying media products to the European market for over 20 years since our inception in 1989 when we were the first company in the world with the ability to supply picture printed floppy disks. Our experience has taught us that our customers demand not only top quality products and competitive pricing, but also the level of service that guarantees total satisfaction. Thanks to our strong partnership with Sony DADC we are able to supply those high-quality products as well as delivering them free to any address in the European Union. This relationship has also meant that our supply has been consistent through the recent turbulent times within our sector where some well-known replication companies have gone out of business. As well as supplying replicated 8cm and 12cm CD-ROMs, DVD-5s and DVD9s, plus an array of special products and pre-printed blank media, Dischromatics has invested heavily in in-house duplication and print technology in recent times and is perfectly equipped to meet short-run and fast turnaround requirements. We are also ISO accredited to ISO9001:2000 and ISO14001:2004 standards, and able to offer fulfilment and graphic design services to our clients. For any further information, advice or assistance with any forthcoming productions, please contact us by telephone or email.

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Company name: OK Media Address: 14 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22 Coleman Fields London, N1 7AD Phone number: +44 (0)20 7688 6789 Fax number: +44 (0)20 7688 6790 General email: info@okmedia.biz Website: www.okmedia.biz Key contacts: Doron Garfunkel doron@okmedia.biz Heike Seidler heike@okmedia.biz Jana Kopackova jana@okmedia.biz Number of employees: 200 Year established: 1997

OK Media brings a wealth of expertise to the marketplace, having previously been part of the Warner Music Group. Using our manufacturing experience, we have also developed extensive knowledge of the games industry, working with companies of all sizes. Expectations are ever changing and we recognise the need to respond accordingly. That's why our flexibility remains such an important asset to our clients. Finding solutions is what we do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whether it be fast turnaround for your replication requirements or going that extra mile to offer packaging to maximise your products' sales. We are continually developing new ideas to help your product stand out from the crowd. For disc label printing this now includes silkscreen, offset, coloured discs and 3D finish. Pioneers in the field of copy protection, we offer a number of security mechanisms for both CDs and DVDs (including DVD video). From authoring through to final delivery, OK Media offers a high quality, full turnkey service for your product. With three factories in Germany supported by sales offices in the UK, France and Denmark, OK Media has an annual capacity of approximately 100 million CDs and 25 million DVDs, ensuring we are large enough to cope and small enough to care. Do you value your content? We certainly do. To find out how much, call us on 020 7688 6789. OK Media: from customer content to content customer!

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Company name: Technicolor Home Entertainment Services Address: 566 Chiswick High Road London W4 5AN Phone number: 0208 987 7829 General email: technicolor.europe@thomson.net Website: www.technicolor.com Key contacts: Ben Solomou ben.solomou@thomson.net Number of employees: Thomson total in 2008: 22,000 Year established: 1915 (Technicolor)

Technicolor Home Entertainment Services (THES), a Thomson business, provides complete DVD-ROM and Xbox 360 manufacturing services ranging from replication through to packaging and distribution services for games publishers and software developers. Recognised as an optical industry pioneer and the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of DVDs and CDs, THES has the high volume replication capabilities to manufacture 1.8 billion DVDs annually. THES operate from seven distribution centers in Europe (115,000sqm) and ship directly to more than 30,000 delivery points. The THES Pan-European distribution service extends from order processing to cash collection and includes despatch, retailer returns processing, inventory control, campaign management, credit management, all supported 24 hours a day. THES core values are focused on clients’ and retailers’ requirements and providing cost effective solutions with commitment to performance and quality of service.

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Company name: Total Console Repair Ltd Address: Unit 3 Somerford Business Park Wilverley Road Christchurch Dorset BH23 3RU Phone number: 087 19 18 17 21 Fax number: 0845 22 55 197

General email: sales@totalconsolerepair.co.uk Website: www.totalconsolerepair.co.uk Key contacts: Rob Austin, Managing Director rob@totalconsolerepair.co.uk James Austin ‘Aus’, Operations Director: aus@totalconsolerepair.co.uk

TCR is equipped to repair large batches as well as single consoles at competitive prices. All games consoles and iPods are repaired by experts and quality controlled to ensure the maximum number of quality repairs. A strong research team of boffins keeps us at the forefront of repairing technology. All repairs come with a guarantee and can be branded white label to suit your company’s requirements. Our service can be tailored to suit, e.g. bespoke reporting, peripheral testing and repair, packing ready for sale. We keep detailed records allowing full traceability on each and every console we receive. ‘TCR Brings Quality to the Business of Games Console Repairs.’

Number of employees: 27 Year established: 2005

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Aardvark Swift continues to deliver fist class results because they understand the industry and the people within it. Time and again we get fantastic candidates who often become welcome additions to Ubisoft.

Jon Rosenblatt, UK Marketing Director, Ubisoft Despite working from overseas with 8 hours between us, Aardvark Swift offered professional, timely, friendly and extremely knowledgeable service that resulted in two placements that were previously very hard to fill. There’s no doubt that Aardvark’s Directors and Consultants have an exceptional understanding of the games industry as the resumes they sent us were ‘absolutely bang on.’ I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Sheri Kashman - HR Manager - Backbone Entertainment/Foundation 9 Aardvark have a consistent approach of professionalism and striving for what is best for both candidate and client. This is evident in all of the consultants I have delt with.

Julian Davidson, HR Manager - Sega Europe In a time when every UK developer seems to be looking for experienced programmers Aardvark Swift have continued to deliver results.

Steve Archer, Development Director - Gusto Games This was first assignment we had worked with Aardvark Swift and it was clear very quickly of their ability to gain an understanding of us as a client, our business and the calibre of candidates required to fulfil the role.

Jane Smith, Corgi This is the first time I have used the services of Aardvark Swift and it will not be the last time. They had a great understanding of what I was looking for and sent only suitable CVs, speeding the process up and finding me the perfect applicant for the role.

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Company name: Aardvark Swift Recruitment Address: Silicon House Farfield Park Wath Upon Dearne Rotherham, S63 5DB Phone number: 01709 876877 Fax number: 01709 876777 General email: ian@aswift.com Website: www.aswift.com Key contacts: Ian Goodall, Director Colin Walsh, Director Pete Aunins, Director Number of employees: 16 Year established: 1989

Established in 1989, Aardvark Swift was the first recruitment agency to dedicate its services to the video games industry. We have since evolved to become a market leading specialist recruitment consultancy for the video games, mobile content and toy industries. Our worldwide client portfolio includes organisations ranging from small start up companies, to internationally known and well-respected blue chip organisations such as: Microsoft, Sony, EA, Sega and Nokia. We recruit across all areas of the UK. Internationally we handle career opportunities in: US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, France, Italy, Switzerland and Southern Ireland. Aardvark Swift has preferred supplier agreements in place with most leading games companies. Many companies also use our services exclusively (they do not advertise their vacancies and do not use any other agencies). We have experienced Recruitment Consultants who are dedicated to specific industry sectors: Programming, Creative, Development Mgmt/Production, QA/Localisation, Sales and Marketing/PR, Graduate Recruitment, Toys.

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Company name: Amiqus Address: 3rd Floor, South Tower Chadwick House Warrington Road Birchwood Park Warrington WA3 6AE Phone number: 01925 252588 Fax number: 01925 252596 General email: info@amiqus.com Website: www.amiqus.com Key contacts: Stig Strand, Head of Games Recruitment stig.strand@amiqus.com Peter Leonard, Lead Games Consultant peter.leonard@amiqus.com Eamonn Mgherbi Lead Games Consultant eamonn.mgherbi@amiqus.com Elizabeth Prince Business Development Manager elizabeth.prince@amiqus.com

Amiqus Games is a firmly established industry recognised games recruiter, offering a comprehensive range of recruitment solutions to games industry studios from the more traditional recruitment model including high level search, to a full outsource solution with our team working as an extension of our clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; existing HR department. Not only do these options provide more choice for our customers, but they also allow them access to industry leading innovations around candidate attraction, brand enhancement and process improvement initiatives. Amiqus uniquely provides these solutions to the games market to assist in addressing the challenges in recruiting for next generation teams. We understand that attracting and retaining the best talent is critical for the success of your business. However, recruiting new staff isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily a specialism for a games studio, which is where our expertise comes in. We are able to work through and resolve your recruitment issues and provide a professional recruitment service to your business utilising our expertise, enabling you to ensure that the best and most appropriate staff are hired at the right time, within budget.

Number of employees: 26 Year established: 2000

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Company name: Datascope Recruitment Address: 109/110 Bolsover Street London W1W 5NT Phone number: UK: +44 (0)20 7580 6018 USA: +1 312 543 3146 Fax number: +44 (0)20 7580 6068 General email: UK: info@datascope.co.uk USA: info@datascopeUSA.com Website: www.datascope.co.uk Key contacts: Julien Hofer, Managing Director julien@datascope.co.uk Andrea Denton, Head of Games andrea@datascope.co.uk Geoff Barley, Senior Consultant Sales & Marketing Recruitment geoff@datascope.co.uk Number of employees: 19 Year established: 1991

Datascope was established in 1991, at that time to focus on games programmers. Our expertise very quickly spread across all development roles (artists, designers, producers, QA) and then into commercial positions (sales, marketing and PR). We have grown considerably over the years and now have 12 permanent consultants who just focus on games recruitment. Three years ago we opened an office in Chicago to deal with US and Canadian markets. We are the largest games recruiter in the UK and deal with developers and publishers throughout the UK and Europe, Australia and North America. Datascope owes its success to two unique factors: sound knowledge of our clients' industry and our commitment to forging successful long-standing relationships with a select portfolio of clients, some of whom only use Datascope. We currently manage all of Sony Computer Entertainment Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development recruitment across its three UK studios. We are now in our seventh year of working for Sony. All our consultants are highly trained, academic professionals (all have degrees), responsible and accountable for their own specific area of expertise.

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Company name: Game Options Limited Address: Lea Lodge 147 Strathern Road Broughty Ferry Dundee Scotland DD5 1BR Phone number: +44 (0)1382 731909 Fax number: +44 (0)1382 731966 General email: info@gameops.co.uk Website: www.gameops.co.uk Key contacts: Steph Woods steph.woods@gameops.co.uk Susan Walker susan@gameops.co.uk Number of employees: 5 Year established: 2002

Game Options Outsourcing – In-sourcing – Project Management – Licensing – Consultancy – Recruitment A customer focussed company, Game Ops is still Europe’s leading provider of freelance resources for computer game development, boasting some of the best talent available throughout Europe, from programmers and artists to testers and producers. Minimising labour costs using Game Ops’ large bank of contracting professionals, on-site or remotely, can help create the studio model already being used by TV and film companies. By providing an unbiased and totally objective review of projects, Game Ops can help ensure critical development milestones are met and issues understood. For permanent recruitment solutions, Game Ops is able to offer a reliable, confidential service at a very competitive ten per cent flat fee across the board. Through taking the time to listen, understand and match a studio’s requirements, we can ensure that our selective process avoids inappropriate candidates being submitted. With access to some of the world’s most advanced technology, Game Ops can also help solve your technology issues and ensure the best possible solutions for your needs.

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Consultative Search in Gaming and Digital Media

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sega has been working with Lis for 5 years now, since re-launching in Europe. There is no doubt that Lis is a perfect partner for us in senior recruitment, and we would definitely not be where we are without her and her great work." Tsurumi San: Chief Executive Officer Sega of America & Europe.


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Company name: Lis Welsh Search & Selection Ltd Address: The Gallery Southview Farm Tur Langton Leicestershire LE8 OPJ Phone number: +44 (0) 1858 545355 Mobile number: +44 (0) 7968 114812 General email: lis@liswelsh.co.uk Website: www.liswelsh.co.uk Key contacts: Lis Welsh, Managing Director lis@liswelsh.co.uk Number of employees: 4 Year established: 1991

What We Do • With 25 years’ recruitment and interactive entertainment experience, Lis Welsh Search and Selection is an established industry name – synonymous with quality, know-how, best practice and a warm, personal approach • Consultative Search & Selection and a unique tailored approach • Specialising in working with companies new to the UK market, giving advice and guidance on staff structure and procedures How We Do it – Why We Are Different • The strength of our business is our unrivalled database which is a ‘who’s who’ of the industry founded on 25 years of contacts • We prepare a detailed map of the market, giving you a detailed plan on the industry and profile of each prospective candidate. We agree who to approach together and what our approach will be • Unlike our contemporaries, our candidates are interviewed face to face, identifying their needs, salary and location requirements • Clients are met to experience on hand the culture of the business • A qualified Life Coach, Lis is able to add much more to the recruitment process than simply filling a vacancy • Ultimately we know your business is our business, and will always get it right for you

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Company name: Specialmove Consultancy Ltd Address: Hillington Park Innovation Centre 1 Ainslie Road, Hillington Park Glasgow G52 4RU Phone number: +44 (0) 141 585 6491 Skype: Specialmove Fax number: +44 (0) 141 585 6301 General email: info@specialmove.com Website: www.specialmove.com Key contacts: Andy Campbell, Chief Executive Officer Art and Animation andy@specialmove.com Claire Campbell, Director claire@specialmove.com Matthew Hill, Head of Recruitment Publishing, Sales, Marketing, Production Design, Audio, Retail and Online. matthew@specialmove.com Grant Mark, Recruitment Executive Programmers, QA, Localisation & IT grant@specialmove.com Number of employees: 5 Year established: 2005

Specialmove adopts a quality-led approach to games recruitment. Covering both development and commercial roles, we work closely with well known companies including SEGA, Codemasters, Rockstar and many smaller innovative studios. Uniquely, the team at Specialmove has over 35 years’ experience working within games development, publishing and retail. We know what it takes to physically produce, market and sell games. We know the key to successful game production lies with the selection, assembly and management of the people within the business. We know art, programming, audio, marketing, sales, management and QA. We understand your longterm business needs. We offer a highly focused, selective process. Every CV and resume that comes to Specialmove is meticulously reviewed and profiled with each appropriate vacancy. Once a good match is found, we take time to fully qualify the candidate and ‘sell’ the opportunity to them. Once, and only once we get the candidate’s interest and approval, will we submit the candidate’s application to our clients. We all hate ‘CV spam’ and never turn any of our candidates’ CVs into it. We believe that our approach is the right approach and works well with the busy execs within development studios. By supplying the best, we help minimise project slippage and increase quality, helping to guarantee development success. We are also members of The Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

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RECRUITMENT AND INSOURCING FOR THE GAMES INDUSTRY Permanent & Contract recruitment Art & Design Graduate Recruitment Programming QA, Certification & Localisation Testers Sales & Marketing

Executive Search Due to a shortage of experienced staff within the industry our Executive Search/Head-Hunting service may better suit your needs.

Insourcing In-house externally managed staffing programmes (e.g. QA Testing). Volt Electronic Games specialises in quality recruitment for the console and computer, hand-held and on-line Games Industry and ancillary businesses. Due to Volt’s 30 years in the technology sector, we have built up a strong and current database of Games and IT professionals. We utilise our in-depth industry knowledge and our consultative approach to provide the best solution for you, including the most appropriate candidate attraction programme. In addition to both our recruitment and executive search services, we also offer insourced staffing programmes, where you set out the standards and we do the work.

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Company name: Volt Europe Address: Gatton Place St. Matthews Road Redhill Surrey RH1 1TA Phone number: +44 (0)1737 774100 Fax number: +44 (0)1737 772949 General email: games@volteurope.com Website: www.volteurope.com Key contacts: Richard Edmondson Head of Games Recruitment richard.edmondson@volteurope.com Number of employees: 148 Year established: 1978

Volt Electronic Games, a division of Volt Europe, established in 1978, offers a wide range of recruitment services to the video game industry. Volt offers a range of recruitment services including contingent recruitment, executive search and managed staffing programmes. Our executive search allows you to attain talent currently working for the competition and who may not currently be looking to move companies. Voltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managed staffing service (Insourcing), unlike the traditional recruitment model, is a full outsource solution with our team working as an extension of our clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recruitment function, managing the process on your behalf. Volt has gained a reputation for setting high standards with all of our recruitment services currently available. Volt prides itself on a speedy, efficient service that ensures we bring to your business the highest standards of talent, on time and within budget. We have experienced recruitment consultants who are dedicated to specific industry sectors: Art & Design, Programming, QA/Certification/Localisation, Graduate Recruitment and Sales & Marketing. Our candidates benefit from a personalised service offering complete discretion and honesty. We will ensure that as a candidate you are suitably prepared for any role to which you are submitted. This highly personable and professional service for candidates ensures that we are the premier choice for games talent looking for the next role within the industry. Please call the Volt Team to discuss your recruitment and/or career needs in absolute confidence.

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Company name: Creative North Studios Address: 9 Creative Lofts 15 Northumberland Street Huddersfield HD1 1DT Phone number: +44 [0] 1484 487 904 General email: info@creativenorth.co.uk Website: www.creativenorth.co.uk Key contacts: Phil Mundy, Managing Director pmundy@creativenorth.co.uk Ken James, Production Director kjames@creativenorth.co.uk Neil â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wexâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Barrington, Technical Director wex@creativenorth.co.uk Number 0f employees: 14

An expert team dedicated to the design and development of world class mobile phone and Nintendo DS game experiences and leading edge technology. Established in 2004, and based in West Yorkshire, England, Creative North Studios works with leading brand and technology partners to create games and applications of truly global appeal. With a team of 14 full-time development personnel and an additional resource of part-time audio and art production staff, our studio has the right combination of skills, experience and capacity to deliver multiple projects effectively and efficiently. In addition to classical games development, our team is highly experienced in the design and development of innovative educational gaming projects for both mobile phone and Nintendo DS.

Year established: 2004

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Company name: Scaleform Corporation Address: 6305 Ivy Lane Suite 310 Greenbelt, MD 20770 USA Phone number: +1 301.446.3200 Fax number: +1 301.446.3199 General email: info@scaleform.com Website: www.scaleform.com Key contacts: Frank Black Vice President, Sales and Marketing fblack@scaleform.com Sales sales@scaleform.com Number of employees: 25 and growing

Scaleform Corporation is a leading provider of tools and middleware for the video game, embedded, mobile, and desktop markets. Scaleform licenses a suite of crossplatform, hardware-accelerated vector graphics engines and UI toolkits, which allow users to design, develop, and deploy a variety of interactive entertainment content across a wide range of platforms and formats. Scaleformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to build a next-generation software platform that provides a familiar, intuitive, and user-friendly environment that can be used to produce platform-independent, high-performance software applications and services that run on and maximise a wide range of operating systems and devices. Scaleformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to satisfy the growing demand among interactive entertainment and application developers for speed, portability, flexibility, connectivity, and cutting-edge digital multimedia solutions.

Year established: 1998

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gameswithoutfrontiers trade suppliers of video games accessories dvds, gadgets and software

Apologies for not designing a flash ad but we have been too busy supplying our valued customers with good products at great prices and with superb service gameswithoutfrontiers 6 Harvington Park Pitstone Green Business Park Pitstone Bedfordshire LU7 9GX United Kingdom Telephone +44 (0) 845 430 8735 Fax +44 (0) 870 762 6777 email : sales@gameswithout.com website : www.gameswithout.com

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Company name: Games without Frontiers Ltd Address: Entertainment House 6 Harvington Park Pitstone Green Business Park Pitstone Bedfordshire LU7 9GX United Kingdom Phone number: + 44 (0) 845 430 8735 Fax number: + 44 (0) 870 762 6777 General email: sales@gameswithout.com Website: www.gameswithout.com Key contacts: Pete Walkling, Buying Director pete@gameswithout.com Kevin Beard, Director Of Sales kevin@gameswithout.com Ashley Cochrane, Trade Sales Executive ashley@gameswithout.com Richard Oakley, Trade Sales Executive richie@gameswithout.com

Games without Frontiers has actively been trading in the video game industry since the early 1990s. Historically we have been largely successful due to the ability to trade in large and small quantities of overstock and closeout products. Publishers and manufacturers alike who have dealt with Games without Frontiers, when offering excess products, like our direct approach in submitting an offer, paying and collecting goods quickly, thus improving their bank balances and their warehouse space! From retro gaming to modern day 32/64 bit consoles, Games without Frontiers Ltd has dealt with all ranges of products in this ever evolving market. Always on the lookout for new ventures, we have also acquired a large range of DVD product and are open to offers on video games, DVDs, CDs, toys and gadgets and any other entertainment related products. If you would like to discuss an opportunity please get in contact and we will be happy to arrange a meeting. The new Games without Frontiers trade only website (www.gameswithout.com) is currently under development and expected to go live later this year. With some new features not seen before, 24/7 online ordering and a great team supporting, the site will become your new best friend.

Number of employees: 14 Year established: 1993

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Gem Providing our partners with end to end integrated supply chain solutions and added value distribution to the retail channel.

One integrated solution

Gem Distribution St George House Parkway Harlow Business Park Harlow Essex CM19 5QF 01279 822822 www.gem.co.uk


uk distribution and logistics

Company name: Gem Address: St George House Parkway Harlow Business Park Harlow Essex CM19 5QF Phone number: 01279 822822 Fax number: 01279 412604 General email: sales@gem.co.uk Website: www.gem.co.uk Key contacts: Sales: sales@gem.co.uk 01279 822822 Marketing: Neil Handa (Gem Creative): neilh@gem.co.uk 01279 822800 Logistics: Alan Lynch (Gem Logistics) alanl@gem.co.uk 01282 684800

Gem provides our partners with end-to-end integrated supply chain solutions and added value distribution to the retail channel for software, peripheral and connected home technologies. In our third decade, Gemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of success includes exclusive UK distribution of Codemasters, Flip Video, NCsoft, Take Two and Xbox 360, as well as being a leading UK distributor for vendors such as Logitech, Microsoft and Symantec, producing an annual turnover in excess of ÂŁ200 million. Gem supplies to an extensive customer base including well-known high street and internet retailers, corporate resellers, mail order companies and independent retailers. We have also recently extended our category reach into new markets including Audio Visual and toys. Our multi-faceted business extends outside of sales and distribution, providing one integrated solution through our Gem Creative (see Creative section) and Gem Logistics divisions. Gem Logistics provides national logistical solutions to suit the needs of any operation, adding extra value with a wide range of supporting services. Services include primary and secondary logistics, end user fulfillment, import/export facilities, European distribution and retail-specific virtual warehousing Gem is a wholly owned subsidiary of DCC plc; for further information please visit www.dcc.ie

Number of employees: 200 Year established: 1984

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s d ee n r u yo to e ic rv se r ou r o il ta e W When you need more than just an ‘off the shelf’ solution to your distribution needs, come to Interactive Ideas and experience real innovation. Just some of the Innovative companies that already use our Innovative services:

0208 805 1000 www.interactiveideas.com

Innovative Products • Innovative People • Innovative Service

For a full list of publishers and manufacturers that Interactive Ideas represent, visit www.interactiveideas.com


uk distribution and logistics

Company name: Interactive Ideas Limited Address: Unit 2 Centenary Road Enfield EN3 7UF Phone number: 020 8805 1000 Fax number: 020 8805 8962 General email: sales@interactiveideas.com Website: www.interactiveideas.com Key contacts: Mike Trup, Managing Director miket@interactiveideas.com Brett Savidge, Sales Director bretts@interactiveideas.com Michael Breeze, Marketing Director michaelb@interactiveideas.com Lorna Summerfield, Purchasing Manager lornas@interactiveideas.com

Interactive Ideas is a leading value-added distributor of IT and technology products. We have established ourselves over the last 14 years by providing excellent customer service, proactively working with our partners and being able to identify emerging technologies. Interactive Ideas is structured into two divisions. The consumer retail team works with retail, etail, mail order and TV shopping companies to provide market leading and unique software and peripherals for the home and home office user. The corporate reseller team works with resellers, VARs and systems integrators to provide software solutions, licensing and Linux for the Enterprise. The past year has seen recognition as a leading specialist distributor in industry awards from PC Retail magazine, Computer Reseller News and Microscope, in addition to being recognised as one of Red Hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top three distributors across EMEA.

Number of employees: 38 Year established: 1994

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Company name: Meroncourt Europe Ltd Address: Such Close Works Road Letchworth Garden City Hertfordshire SG6 1JF Phone number: +44 (0) 1462 680060 Fax number: +44 (0) 1462 677142 General email: sales@meroncourt.com Website: http://trade.meroncourt.co.uk Key contacts: Michael Mason, Managing Director m.mason@meroncourt.com Steve Walsh, Sales and Logistics Director s.walsh@meroncourt.com Oliver Mason, Sales Manager o.mason@meroncourt.com Chris Bradley, Technical Manager c.bradley@meroncourt.com Number of employees: 18 Year established: 1997

Meroncourt Europe was established in 1997 and since then we have expanded and grown extensively in both the product range available and the client base we cover. We are well known and respected in the industry as a trade supplier of quality computer hardware, networking and accessories, extreme PC gaming, console gaming and mobile telecommunications. The brands we distribute include: ENCORE: Rechargeable batteries. EVERGLIDE: Gaming mats, headsets and mice. G-SERIES: Value range of speakers, mice and keyboards. NOVA: Gaming and office mouse pads. RAZER: The highly popular number one gaming product manufacturer. RAZER PRO/PRO SOLUTIONS: Professional mice and mats for designers. ROCCAT: The newest products on the extreme PC gaming scene. SEPIA: Value range of products including USB, Bluetooth, web cams and wireless keyboards and mice. SITECOM: Internet, networking, bluetooth and connectivity. SPIRE: Coolers, CPU cases, external hard drive cases and power supplies. SPEED-LINK: PC and console gaming, multimedia speakers and headsets, including the award winning Medusa true 5.1 Surround headsets. UNIROSS: Premier supplier of rechargeable batteries. X-TENSIONS: High quality speakers, headsets and mice. To view our product range please visit our b2b website http://trade.meroncourt.co.uk

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Pinnacle Software delivers. Pure & simple. Pinnacle Software introduced the concept of exclusive distribution to the UK Software market, and continues to innovate and add value to its partners. As a division of Pinnacle Entertainment Ltd, Pinnacle Software offers a financially stable, flexible, entrepreneurial and tailored service to clients of all sizes. We are proud to provide sales and logistic solutions to both our publishing and development partners, and can penetrate a wider retail audience than any of our competitors due to our network and the breadth of product available in the group.

Pinnacle Software has provided us with a unique range of added value services that increase our market penetration whilst allowing us to focus on our core creative activities. Our relationship with Pinnacle Software has helped us to reach a mass of new customers without compromising the great games and valuable intellectual property that remains with Introversion Software. Tom Arundel, Director of Introversion Software the creators of classic games such as DEFCON, Darwinia and Uplink.

Distribution is going to change profoundly and Pinnacle Software has always been very innovative in their approach to distribution. Charles Cecil, creator of the Broken Sword series speaking after Northern Exposure Development Conference, May 2007

To find out how Pinnacle Software can add value to your business or how we can help you achieve your business objectives please contact: Peter Sleeman, Managing Director on 020 8309 3708 - peter.sleeman@pinnacle-software.co.uk Gerry Whiteside, Sales Director on 020 8309 3713 - gerry.whiteside@pinnacle-software.co.uk Oliver Birch, Marketing Manager on 020 8309 3710 - oliver.birch@pinnacle-software.co.uk

Pinnacle Software Heather Court, 6 Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5HH

Sales: 020 8309 3934 www.pinnacle-software.co.uk


uk distribution and logistics

Company name: Pinnacle Software Address: Heather Court 6 Maidstone Road Sidcup Kent DA14 5HH Phone number: Main Sales: 0208 309 3934 Fax number: 0208 309 3911 General email: info@pinnacle-software.co.uk Website: www.pinnacle-software.co.uk Key contacts: Peter Sleeman, Managing Director peter.sleeman@pinnacle-software.co.uk Gerry Whiteside, Sales Director gerry.whiteside@pinnacle-software.co.uk

Pinnacle Software is a division of Pinnacle Entertainment Ltd, an independent sales and distribution company which was formed in 1992 to introduce the concept of exclusive distribution to the UK software market. From our headquarters in Kent, Pinnacle Software provides National Account sales, telesales, finance and administrative back office support, marketing, label management, storage, a complete logistics solution and many other services to our affiliated companies. As an organisation we work with companies of all sizes and have a completely flexible yet pro-active approach to achieving each partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business objectives. Our sales representation is therefore publisher, developer and partner focused, and aimed at maximising sales for these organisations, whilst adding value to their products and business.

Oliver Birch, Marketing Manager oliver.birch@pinnacle-software.co.uk Number of employees: 275 Year established: 1992

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www.playv.co.uk


uk distribution and logistics

Company name: PlayV Ltd Address: 210A, Ground Floor The Village, Butterfield Great Marlings Luton LU2 8DL General email: dhope@playv.co.uk Website: www.playv.co.uk Key contacts: David Hope, Managing Director dhope@playv.co.uk Number of employees: 6 Year established: 2008

PlayV Ltd is a sales, marketing and distribution business set up through a joint venture between successful Dutch developer and publisher Playlogic International and swiftly growing Spanish publisher/distributor Virgin Play. It has been created to bring PC, console and handheld products from both parties to the UK market and also to offer a flexible pro-active PR, marketing and sales solutions to additional development and publishing partners looking to penetrate the UK retail market with their products. From our headquarters in Luton, Bedfordshire, PlayV Ltd will provide national PR, marketing, sales and account management alongside financial management and administrative office support. PlayV Ltd will supply its products to an extensive customer base that includes well known multiple and independent retailers as well as major dot com online companies.

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Company name: Scratch Busters Ltd Address: Unit 6 Caxton Hill Hertford Hertfordshire SG13 7NE Phone number: 01992 535 701 Fax number: 01992 582137 General email: info@scratchbusters.co.uk Website: www.scratchbusters.co.uk Key contacts: Stanley Edwards, Managing Director Paul Cryer, Operations Beatrix Makovitz, Accounts Number of employees: 14

Scratch Busters is the UK's leading disk restoration company servicing both the direct consumer and offering bulk discounts to the trade. We can restore all software platforms including Sony PSP, HD and Bluray. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the environment, it increases the life cycle of your inventory and can increase your profitability. so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bin it, skim it From our 10,000 sq ft Hertfordshire-based facility we also provide: Console repairs across all platforms, pick and pack and fulfillment services, over-wrapping, shrink wrapping, case cleaning, labeling, artwork replacement, product returns management and short to mediumterm storage. To complement core business activities our retail division holds UK distribution rights for the Disk Recovery First Aid Kit, UMD replacement shells for PSP software, MFSL Lift Lock cases, together with a range of branded games peripherals.

Year established: 2003

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Salthouse Road, Brackmills Ind Est, Northampton NN4 7BD


uk distribution and logistics

Company name: Trilogy Logistics Ltd Address: Salthouse Road Brackmills Industrial Estate Northampton NN4 7BD Phone number: 0845 456 6400 Fax number: 0845 330 3086 General email: enquiries@trilogy-uk.com Website: www.trilogy-uk.com Key contacts: Stephen Duke sduke@trilogy-uk.com John Bambara jbambara@trilogy-uk.com Number of employees: 80 Year established: 2003

Trilogy is the only independent third party logistics company in our market. Having already implemented complete solutions for a number of prestigious partners, including Ubisoft, Midway, Capcom and Square Enix, Trilogy focuses on delivering a flexible one-stop solution to all its partners. Our company is dedicated to servicing the entertainment market and was created to provide the most effective interface between our clients and their customers, partnering with video games publishers, toy manufactures and DVD publishers. Our new division, TRILOGYi, was developed in consultation with our retail customers and publishers and specifically services the independent retail market with an emphasis on service levels and commitment to this channel. We have developed a very distinctive culture and set of values and we have a clear view of our mission. Our businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success to date stems from our understanding of client, customer and staff needs and our continued growth is based on mutual trust and commitment to our clients. The Trilogy Group firmly believes that partnership is the key to delivering continuing improvement. Trilogy is run by people from the industry, for the industry. The management team has over 50 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience and is passionate about the entertainment market. Trilogy is ideally placed to raise the standard of sales, marketing and distribution services available to our fast paced, multi-billion pound industry and we are already the natural choice for many forward thinking companies.

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3DI Tel: 0845 4582898 www.threedi.net Creative and Promotional Services 7

Babel Tel: 01273 764 100 www.babelmedia.com Localisation, QA and Testing 99

4-Real Intermedia Tel: +49 (0)69 80 90 88-0 www.4-real.com Localisation, QA and Testing 95

Barrington Harvey Tel: +44 (0)1462 456780 www.barringtonharvey.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 13

Aardvark Swift Recruitment Tel: 01709 876877 www.aswift.com Recruitment 129

Bastion Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 7600 www.bastion.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 15

Absolute Quality Tel: +44 (0)141 220 5600 www.absolutequality.com Localisation, QA and Testing 97

Candy Lab Tel: +44 (0)20 7031 0888 www.candylab.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 17

AFA Interactive Tel: +618 8234 1355 www.afainteractive.com.au International Distribution 73

Cenega Service Team Tel: +48 22 574 2578 www.cenega.com Localisation, QA and Testing 101

Amiqus Tel: 01925 252588 www.amiqus.com Recruitment 131

Creative North Studios Tel: +44 (0)1484 487904 www.creativenorth.co.uk Software Development 145

an.x Tel: 0207 785 7156 www.anxagency.com Creative and Promotional Services 9

Datascope Recruitment Tel: +44 (0)20 758 06018 www.datascope.co.uk Recruitment 133

Ark VFX Tel: 0114 268 4999 www.arkvfx.net Creative and Promotional Services 11

Dilute Recordings Tel: +44 (0)1483 306834 www.diluterecordings.com Creative and Promotional Services 19

Arvato Digital Services Tel: 0121 502 7800 www.arvatodigitalservices.com Manufacturing Services 117

Dischromatics Tel: 01495 243222 www.dischromatics.co.uk Manufacturing Services 119

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DKPM Tel: 0845 111 0312 www.dkpm.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 21

dtp entertainment AG Tel: +49 (0) 40 66 99 10 – 0 www.dtp-entertainment.com International Distribution 75

Game Frontier Tel: 0870 420 2424 www.gamefrontier.com Creative and Promotional Services 33

ELSPA Tel: 0207 534 0580 www.elspa.com Creative and Promotional Services 23

Game Options Tel: +44 (0)1382 731909 www.gameops.co.uk Recruitment 135

Entertainment Trading Tel: +45 70277640 www.entertainment-trading.com International Distribution 77

Games Without Frontiers Tel: +44 (0) 845 430 8735 www.gameswithout.com UK Distribution and Logistics 151

Enzyme Labs Tel: +1 (450) 229 9999 ext. 312 www.enzyme.org Localisation, QA and Testing 103

Gem Creative Tel: 01279 822800 www.gem.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 35

Eye-D Creative Tel: +44 (0)20 7407 1440 www.eye-dcreative.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 25

Gem Distribution Tel: 01279 822822 www.gem.co.uk UK Distribution and Logistics 153

FEREF Tel: +44 (0) 20 7292 6300 www.feref.com Creative and Promotional Services 27

Harbottle & Lewis LLP Tel: 020 7667 5000 www.harbottle.com Legal Services 87

Fluid Tel: +44 (0)121 212 0121 www.fluidesign.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 29

Head First Tel: 0161 228 6699 www.head-first.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 37

Frontroom Tel: 020 7384 5400 www.frontroom.com Creative and Promotional Services 31

IGA Worldwide Tel: +44 (0)20 7250 4340 www.igaworldwide.com Creative and Promotional Services 39

Funtastic Tel: 61 3 9535 5888 www.funtastic.com.au International Distribution 79

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Indigo Pearl Tel: 0208 964 4545 www.indigopearl.com Creative and Promotional Services 41

Outsource Media Tel: +44 (0)207 713 9000 www.omuk.com Creative and Promotional Services 47

infinite Field Marketing Solutions Tel: 01793 829196 www.infinitefms.com Creative and Promotional Services 43

Peppermint P Tel: +44 (0)207 240 2645 www.peppermintp.com Creative and Promotional Services 49

Intent Media Tel: 01992 535647 www.intentmedia.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 45

Pinnacle Software Tel: 020 8309 3934 www.pinnacle-software.co.uk UK Distribution and Logistics 159

Interactive Ideas Tel: 020 8805 1000 www.interactiveideas.com UK Distribution and Logistics 155

PlayV Email: dhope@playv.co.uk www.playv.co.uk UK Distribution and Logistics 161

Lis Welsh Search and Selection Tel: +44 (0)1858 545355 www.liswelsh.co.uk Recruitment 137

REALTIMEUK Tel: 01772 682363 www.realtimeuk.com Creative and Promotional Services 51

Localsoft Tel: +34 952 92 93 94 www.localsoftgames.com Localisation, QA and Testing 105

Rocketbox Tel: +49-511-8984384 www.rocketbox.de Creative and Promotional Services 53

Meroncourt Tel: +44 (0)1462 680060 http://trade.meroncourt.co.uk UK Distribution and Logistics 157

Root Tel: 0207 739 2277 www.thisisroot.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 55

OK Media Tel: +44 (0)20 7688 6789 www.okmedia.biz Manufacturing Services 121

Sarsen Software Tel: +44 (0)845 8679685 www.sarsensoft.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 57

Orange Studio Tel: +39 051 588 04 50 www.orangestudio.it Localisation, QA and Testing 107

Scaleform Tel: +1 301 446 3200 www.scaleform.com Software Development 147

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The Pixel Tel: 01275 831676 www.thepixel.com Creative and Promotional Services 67

Scratch Busters Tel: 01992 535701 www.scratchbusters.co.uk Manufacturing Services 163

Serco Games Research Tel: 020 74216487 www.sercogamesresearch.com Localisation, QA and Testing 109

THQ Asia Pacific Tel: +613 9573 9200 www.thq-games.com/au International Distribution 81

Sheridans Tel: 0207 079 0103 www.sheridans.co.uk Legal Services 89

Total Console Repair Tel: 0871 9181721 www.totalconsolerepair.co.uk Manufacturing Services 125

Side UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 4800 www.side.com Creative and Promotional Services 59

Trilogy Logistics Tel: 0845 456 6400 www.trilogy-uk.com UK Distribution and Logistics 165

Über Tel: 0114 278 7100 www.uberagency.com Creative and Promotional Services 69

SKYSKRAPER Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 5308 www.skyskraper.net Creative and Promotional Services 61

Specialmove Consultancy Tel: +44 (0) 141 585 6491 www.specialmove.com Recruitment 139

Studio CO2 Tel: +44 (0)1483 414415 www.studioco2.com Creative and Promotional Services 63

U-Trax Tel: +31 30 293 2098 www.utrax.com Localisation, QA and Testing 113

Technicolor Home Entertainment Services Tel: 0208 987 7829 www.technicolor.com Manufacturing Services 123

Virgin PLAY Tel: +34 91 789 35 50 www.v2play.com International Distribution 83

The Audio Guys Tel: +44 (0) 1926 813546 www.theaudioguys.co.uk Creative and Promotional Services 65

Volt Europe Tel: +44 (0)1737 774100 www.volteurope.com Recruitment 141

Universally Speaking Tel: +44 1 480 210621 www.usspeaking.com Localisation, QA and Testing 111

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Gem Logistics Many routes to success Gem logistics provides national logistical solutions to suit the needs of any operation, adding extra value with a wide range of supporting services and a

Added Value Services

Retail Ready Solutions

Import / Export

End User Fulfillment

Secondary Distribution

Primary Distribution

customer focused team.

One e integrated solut solution Contact Alan Lynch Gem Logistics Shorten Brook Drive Altham Business Park Altham Accrington Lancashire 01282 684800 www.gem.co.uk


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