COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 11, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Olicom A/S (OTCBB:OLCMF) ("Olicom" or "the Company") announced today that it has acquired a 50 percent holding in Danish game producer, Interactive Television Entertainment ApS ("ITE") through subscription of new shares in the amount of DKK 10 million (USD 1.1 million).
ITE, which in 2000 had net sales of DKK 66 million (USD 7.5 million), is especially known for its Hugo game character. Hugo games are today present in more than 30 geographical markets where ITE's world-leading interactive TV concept supports the sale of its games. More than four million copies of Hugo games have been sold to multiple game platforms, including PC, Sony Playstation, Nintendo Gameboy, Set Top Boxes, based on the Open TV standard, and Internet portals.
The game market is expected to experience substantial growth as new and more powerful versions of existing game platforms are released and new platforms such as mobile phones and handheld computers gain popularity. ITE is one of the few companies that possess the know-how and technology for developing multi-platform games and ITE expects to be able to capitalize on this advantage by forging strategic partnerships with other game vendors who are focused on a single platform.
"ITE has proven its technical and creative skills on every well-known game platform for a number of years, but Olicom also sees great potential in ITE entering the market for entertainment on mobile phones and other handheld devices. Already now, you can find a number of successful entertainment concepts that combine the TV and the mobile phone media," says Boje Rinhart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Olicom, who will join ITE's Board of Directors as Chairman.
"For some time, ITE has been looking for a professional capital partner who can actively help ITE take advantage of the many, new opportunities emerging as a consequence of the development within both broadband and the mobile internet," says Ivan Solvason, ITE's founder and sole shareholder up till now, "Olicom's technical and market-oriented knowledge and its business network makes the company a very attractive partner for ITE."
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About ITE ApS
ITE ApS was founded in 1988 and in 1990 the interactive TV show, "Hugo the TV Troll", appeared for the first time in Danish television. Since then, the company has been the pioneer of interactive television entertainment. In 1998, ITE founded the company ITE Media ApS, which develops games based on the known characters from ITE's interactive TV shows. Today, the games are sold on PC, Playstation, Nintendo Gameboy, Set Top Boxes, based on the Open TV standard, and Internet portals. In 2000, ITE had net sales of DKK 66 million. For more information about ITE, please visit www.ite.dk.
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