TransGaming Technologies Inc.

TransGaming Technologies Inc.

November 08, 2005 07:00 ET

TransGaming Releases Cedega 5.0 to Meet Global Demand for Triple-A Windows Game Titles on Linux

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8, 2005) -

Cedega delivers out-of-the-box playability for games such as Battlefield 2, Dungeon Siege II, City of Villains and Madden NFL 2006

TransGaming Technologies, the global leader in the development of software portability products for cross-platform gaming, today announced the immediate availability of Cedega™ 5.0, the industry's most comprehensive Linux gaming portability product. Cedega 5.0's broad range of new and improved features boosts game graphics and delivers greater levels of usability, specifically meeting the demands of the established gaming market, and opening doors to bring more gamers to the Linux platform.

Cedega allows games originally created for the Windows platform to run on Linux, straight out-of-the-box. Popular titles supported on Cedega 5.0 include Battlefield 2™, Dungeon Siege® II, City of Villains™, Madden NFL™ 2006, World of WarCraft®, Half-Life® 2, Guild Wars®, and many others. Cedega is available through TransGaming's online subscription service, resellers and OEM partners.

New and Improved Features Deliver Better Graphics and Usability

Cedega 5.0 boasts a broad range of new and upgraded features that improve ease of use for Linux newcomers and deliver higher performance for power users. Linux gamers will experience better graphics, a more powerful interface, and better support for a wide variety of Linux distributions. Features include:

- Tighter integration between the Cedega GUI (formerly known as Point2Play) and the core Cedega Engine, significantly improving user-friendliness

- An internal scheduler that provides superior control over processes and threads under the latest Linux kernels

- Improved graphics, including support for Pixel Shaders 1.4, and increased use of the latest features in Linux OpenGL 2.0 drivers.

"While the technology continues to evolve and deliver even more features to the Linux power user, some of the key upgrades to Cedega 5.0 benefit more mainstream consumers, who have traditionally steered clear of Linux systems," said Gavriel State, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of TransGaming Technologies. "By integrating our graphics interface with Cedega, we have delivered a more user-friendly product. We're empowering PC users around the world who want or need to use a computer running a Linux operating system by letting them play the games of their choice."

Speeding Linux Gaming's Drive into the Mainstream

Desktop Linux adoption continues to grow in key markets, such as Asia and Europe, driving demand for games and multimedia applications. This is particularly true in Asia, where both governments and businesses are deploying Linux systems in order to reduce the cost of bringing computer systems to consumers. Furthermore, PricewaterhouseCoopers reported the Asia-Pacific region's world-leading demand for video games will grow into a $23.8 (US) billion industry by 2008.

"Even as game sales eclipse Hollywood box office revenues and countries around the world shift to Linux-based systems at work and home, few game developers have created titles for Linux," said Vikas Gupta, President and CEO of TransGaming Technologies. "We have responded by providing TransGaming's full featured Cedega product that allows users to easily install Cedega and play their favorite Windows offline or online games, such as the highly popular World of WarCraft, on their Linux operating systems."

For complete details on Cedega, including a complete list of new features, supported game titles, pricing information and download details for subscribers, please visit www.transgaming.com

About TransGaming Technologies Inc.

TransGaming Technologies is a global leader in the development of software portability products that allow game developers and publishers to develop games for one system and deploy them across multiple platforms - faster, cheaper and better than anyone else. The platforms supported range from Linux, Mac to Xbox, PlayStation 2, and next generation devices. TransGaming Technologies is a registered Microsoft Xbox developer and a licensed Sony PlayStation 2 developer.

TransGaming's portability technologies have been applied to some of the hottest franchises and marquis blockbuster titles in the industry including Buena Vista Interactive's TRON 2.0®, Electronic Arts'™ James Bond 007™: Nightfire™ and The Sims™, Legacy Interactive's Law & Order™, Lucas Arts' Indiana Jones® and The Emperor's Tomb™, just to name a few. TransGaming's Linux product, Cedega, supports hundreds of the hottest and most popular games on Linux, out-of-the-box, including hit titles such as Battlefield 2™, Dungeon Siege® II, City of Villains™, Madden NFL™ 2006, World of WarCraft®, Half-Life® 2, Guild Wars®, and many more.

TransGaming has a research and development center in Ottawa, Canada, with business, strategy, and operational activities conducted at the Toronto, Canada office. More information about the company can be obtained at www.transgaming.com.

TransGaming, Cedega, Point2Play and SwiftShader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of TransGaming Technologies Inc. in Canada, the United States and/or other countries. All other products, company names, brand names, trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners.

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