SOURCE: Bigfoot Networks, Inc.

Bigfoot Networks, Inc.

March 17, 2010 08:00 ET

Bigfoot Networks Expands Asia Distribution With Leadtek

New Partnership Brings Killer™ Gaming Network Cards to Online Gamers in Taiwan, Korea and Japan

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) -  Bigfoot Networks, the networking technology company behind the Killer™ line of gaming network cards, today announced a partnership with Leadtek, a top-tier PC peripherals vendor of 3D graphics and other products, to manufacture and sell the Killer™ Xeno™ Pro, the only network card designed to provide smoother, more responsive online game play. Leadtek will distribute the Killer Xeno Pro through online and retail channels in Taiwan, Korea and Japan, improving the competitiveness of millions of online gamers.

The Killer Xeno Pro delivers superior online performance by putting intelligent networking technology inside gamers' PCs. Its dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) and innovative architecture offload network traffic, bypassing the Microsoft Windows networking stack and prioritizing competing bandwidth demands from applications such as Web browsing, music streaming, software downloads and voice chat. Its Game Detect™ technology identifies, prioritizes and accelerates game traffic, giving players a competitive edge in the latest online games, from first-person-shooter games to MMOs.

Demand for the Killer Xeno Pro has been fueled by continued growth in the worldwide video game market. According to a recent report from Strategy Analytics, the global video game software market is expected to grow to $64.9 billion by the end of 2013, representing an average growth rate of over 18% per year (1). Another report, from the NPD Group, found that hours spent each week on online gaming has increased 10% since 2009 (2).

"The Killer Xeno Pro appeals to gamers at every level of expertise," said K.S. Lu, CEO, Leadtek. "All players benefit from its plug-and-play installation, which gets them back in the game with minimum downtime. Competitive gamers appreciate the ability to adjust performance using Intelligent Bandwidth Control. We anticipate strong demand for this powerful and innovative networking technology."

"Online gamers depend on their network connection," said Michael Howse, CEO, Bigfoot Networks. "Their network card shouldn't be an afterthought. Our lab tests show that the Killer Xeno Pro significantly accelerates online gameplay, giving players a crucial advantage in today's demanding online gaming environments. Leadtek's distinguished reputation and extensive distribution network will help us bring our advanced networking technology to an even wider audience."

1. http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=PressReleaseViewer&a0=4862
2. http://www.npd.com/press/releases/press_100302.html

About the Killer Xeno Pro
The Killer™ Xeno™ Pro gaming network card is the only high-performance network card built specifically to improve performance for online games. Using a powerful Network Processing Unit (NPU), the Killer Xeno Pro ensures that critical game traffic doesn't get held up in your CPU and slow down your game. Game Detect™ technology identifies, prioritizes and accelerates game traffic to give you the competitive edge you need for all your favorite online games, from shooters to MMOs. Intelligent Bandwidth Control keeps your game running smoothly and lets you allocate bandwidth to other applications, so you can do more while you game.

About Bigfoot Networks
Bigfoot Networks is a leading networking technology company that develops hardware and software solutions that significantly improve the online gaming experience. Its products are designed to provide a smoother, more responsive experience for today's new generation of real-time, online applications, such as gaming, voice chat and other applications that require highly responsive interactivity and high-performance networking solutions. Bigfoot Networks is funded by leading venture capital firms North Bridge Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures. To learn more, visit Bigfoot Networks at http://www.bigfootnetworks.com.

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