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26 March 2012
For immediate release 26 March 2012
("ANGLE" or the "Company")
GEOMERICS EXPANDS PRODUCT RANGE AND SALES
ANGLE plc (AIM: AGL), the technology commercialisation company, is pleased to announce positive progress in new products, sales and market recognition at its 33%-owned portfolio company Geomerics, which specialises in computer games middleware.
At the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC 2012) in San Francisco, Geomerics announced the development of new products for mobile devices and for Nintendo's new Wii(TM) U console. These new products significantly expand the addressable market for Geomerics products.
The company demonstrated a range of new technologies aimed at rounding out the Enlighten offering and getting 'next gen ready'. In partnership with ARM, they showcased Enlighten running smoothly on a Mali-based Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet on the expo floor. This is an expansion of Geomerics' product capability and Enlighten, via ARM CPU, now supports a wide range of mobile devices including the iOS-based iPad and iPhone, Android devices and PlayStation(R) Vita, offering new sales opportunities.
Geomerics also announced its new product capability for Nintendo's new Wii(TM) U console, the successor to the highly successful Wii(TM) adding to its capability on the PC, PS3 and Xbox360. Geomerics also displayed on the NVIDIA and Intel booths at GDC 2012, reaffirming their commitment to high-end gaming experiences on the PC and console.
Geomerics sales continue to strengthen. Since GDC 2012 finished on 9(th) March, Geomerics has already been notified of four new sales for major new games, three of which are to entirely new customers, and its pipeline of prospective customers is steadily increasing.
Finally, there has been further market recognition for Geomerics' Enlighten with a BAFTA award being won by a computer game incorporating the Enlighten lighting solution.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2011 GAME Award has been awarded to Battlefield 3, an Electronic Arts game incorporating Enlighten. The GAME Award recognises the best game of the year, and is the only category at the British Academy Video Games Awards to be voted for by the general public.
Battlefield 3 is the fastest selling Electronic Arts game ever, selling more than 5 million units in its first week of release. Enlighten is the only real-time global illumination solution available for computer games, enabling the lighting to be realistically calculated in real-time as the player interacts with the game environment and other players. As a result, Enlighten provides a much more realistic player experience.
The reviews of Battlefield 3 have frequently singled out the lighting. For example The Guardian reported "Visually Battlefield 3 is a marvel of beautiful lighting effects" and GameSpy in its review said "Once they see the light - they'll understand what a special game Battlefield 3 is". The quality of the lighting and graphics in general has been a major contributor to the success of the game.
In a first time win at the BAFTA awards for the Battlefield franchise, it beat titles including FIFA 12, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City. Also, for the first time Battlefield beat the long-standing favourite Call of Duty, which has dominated the GAME Award for the past three years.
Gary Lewis, Chief Executive of Geomerics, commented:
"The BAFTA award for Battlefield 3 is an excellent further endorsement of the success of the game. We are pleased with ongoing adoption of the Enlighten technology in major new games. 2012 looks like being a great year for us and the expansion into mobile computing offers substantial growth potential for the future."
Andrew Newland, Chief Executive of ANGLE commented:
"We are delighted by Geomerics' ongoing success and believe the company is positioned well for the future."
For further information:
ANGLE plc 01483 685830
Andrew Newland, Chief Executive
Ian Griffiths, Finance Director
Stephen Keys, Adrian Hargrave (Nominated
Andy Roberts (Sales) 020 7397 8900
Mark Court, Sophie Cowles 020 7466 5000
Stephen Scott, Harry Dee 0207 653 0030
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