CryptoLogic Limited
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CryptoLogic Limited

November 08, 2007 02:00 ET

CryptoLogic Takes Stake in Top Asian Game Developer

Mikoishi Studios offers award-winning games, expertise in massive Asian mobile phone segment

DUBLIN, IRELAND and SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) -

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As part of its increasing focus on the high-growth Asian market, CryptoLogic Limited (TSX:CRY)(TSX:CXY)(NASDAQ:CRYP)(LSE:CRP), a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming industry, has agreed to take a significant stake in Mikoishi Studios, one of Asia's leading game development and design companies.

"At CryptoLogic, we expect Asia will move from being the dynamic e-gaming market of today to the dominant e-gaming market of tomorrow," said Javaid Aziz, CryptoLogic's President and CEO. "That's why CryptoLogic is making its second strategic investment in the region. Mikoishi's games have earned awards from critics and applause from consumers - and the company's capabilities in mobile gaming and other platforms fit perfectly with CryptoLogic's growth plans."

This strategic investment gives CryptoLogic an immediate and unrivalled capability to deliver games to Asian players with the high level of sophistication and rich entertainment experience that players around the world have come to expect from CryptoLogic. CryptoLogic also gains access to key Mikoishi proprietary technology that expedites rapid and efficient development of popular games across the key platforms of PC, console and the massive Asian mobile phone segment.

CryptoLogic will initially take a substantial minority equity stake in Mikoishi, and has options to increase its ownership over time. CryptoLogic will also have representatives on the Mikoishi board of directors.

Today's announcement represents CryptoLogic's second strategic investment in Asia this year. In August, CryptoLogic announced that it had acquired a significant interest in 568 Network Inc., a developer and distributor of online casual games to the Chinese market and the Chinese-language diaspora.

About Mikoishi (www.mikoishi.com)

Mikoishi is an award-winning creative studio that produces interactive entertainment, based on internally created IP franchises that have a truly international appeal. It has an extensive track record in producing quality games of all genres, including games of chance, action, adventure and a wide range of casual games.

Mikoishi has collaborated with major game publishers, Hollywood and leading mobile operators worldwide to deliver award-winning products which are operated in over 40 countries across North and South America, Europe and North and South East Asia. Mikoishi is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in Korea and Japan.

Mikoishi's past projects and awards include: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (IGN's Best of E3 2006 - Best Wireless Strategy Game; 1UP's Best of E3 2006 - Runner Up for Best Mobile Game), Star Wars Battlefront Mobile (Runner Up - IGN Wireless Game of the Year 2005, Most Innovative Design), Super Puzzle Fighter II: Network Battle (IGN's Best of E3 2006 - Most Innovative Design for Wireless Game; IGN's Best of E3 2006 - Runner up for Best Puzzle Game; 1UP's Best of E3 2006 - Runner Up for Best Mobile Game), and Metal Unit (GameAxis - 2005 Editors' Choice and Asian Game of the Year).

About CryptoLogic®(www.cryptologic.com)

Focused on integrity and innovation, CryptoLogic Limited is a world-leading, blue-chip public developer and supplier of Internet gaming software. Its leadership in regulatory compliance makes it one of the very few companies with gaming software that has been certified to strict standards similar to land-based gaming.

WagerLogic Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CryptoLogic, is responsible for the licensing of CryptoLogic software and services to customers who offer their games around the world to non-U.S. based players. For information on WagerLogic®, visit www.wagerlogic.com. CryptoLogic's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CRY, CXY), the NASDAQ Global Select Market (CRYP) and the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (CRP).

CRYPTOLOGIC FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT DISCLAIMER:

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