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Vivendi Universal Games Names Martin Tremblay To Global Product Development Position

Vivendi's new President of Worldwide Studios.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

LOS ANGELES (April 20, 2006) - Vivendi Universal Games ("VU Games") announced today that Martin Tremblay has joined as President, Worldwide Studios. In his new role, Martin will be responsible for setting the vision for the company's products, overseeing operations of internal studios, and managing external development relationships. Martin will be based out of the company's Los Angeles headquarters.

In his previous position as President and Chief Operating Officer of Ubisoft's internationally acclaimed Montreal studio, Martin helped build the studio from 350 to 1400 people. Under his leadership, it became the second largest games development studio in the world, with several top-selling franchises which are among the industry's leading games.

"We are delighted to have Martin join Vivendi Universal Games. He has the vision, enthusiasm and track record to elevate the company to a leadership position in the industry," said Bruce Hack, Chief Executive Officer, VU Games. "We know that Martin will harness the immense creativity of VU Games' development executives and studios to create top tier mass market experiences for gamers around the globe."

In his role as President, Worldwide Studios, Martin will report to VU Games' CEO Bruce Hack. Peter Della Penna will continue as Chief Operating Officer, Worldwide Studios, reporting to Martin.

"I am excited about working with Peter and the other talented individuals at Vivendi Universal Games," said Martin Tremblay. "It is a great opportunity and I am confident that our teams will be able to invent exciting, top quality games that will thrill gamers everywhere."

Blizzard Entertainment is a stand-alone division reporting to VU Games' CEO, and not part of Martin's product development mandate.

About Vivendi Universal Games

Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. VU Games' two principal studios are Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of WarcraftTM, Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra is the owner of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, Empire Earth, Leisure Suit LarryTM, and Ground Control. VU Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment.

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