MashON™ Signs Licensing Deal with Cryptic Studios™ for Champions Online™ User Generated Stories

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Cryptic Sudios™ licenses MashON's™ creative social platform for Champion Online™ user Generated Stories which will allow game players to create their very own engaging digital stories ranging from single frame E-Cards to multi-page graphic novels. The suite of applications provides gamers with an exciting and innovative way to immerse themselves in the world of Champions Online™.

We have always looked for ways to get players more involved with our titles

MashON, developer of the MashON! Platform and creative social media applications, announced today a licensing deal with Cryptic Studios™ to create user-generated stories based on Cryptic's highly acclaimed massively multiplayer online (MMO) superhero action game, Champions Online™.

MashON will use their Creative Suite, featuring the MashON E-Card and Comic Strip Creator, to allow users to generate comic-style stories that will range from a single frame, four frames, multi frames and multiple pages, providing a progressively richer set of features and experiences in each case. Users will be able to bring their characters and stories to life through user-generated videos, pictures and sounds, blended with in-game art from Champions Online. The resulting unique digital story can be shared via email or posted to MySpace, Facebook and over 22 other social networks.

"We're very excited to be working with the Cryptic Studios team on a project with such a vivid and compelling world," said Philippe Benoliel, CEO of MashON. "The art assets we've seen from the game look amazing and we're sure fans of the characters will really enjoy telling and sharing their stories with the MashOn Creative Suite."

"We have always looked for ways to get players more involved with our titles," said John Needham, CEO of Cryptic Studios. "The MashON Comic Strip Creator will allow players to develop their own fantastic storylines that explore what they would like to see happen in Champions Online."

Cryptic Studios, headquartered in Los Gatos, has recently released the MMO game, Champions Online and is currently in production for the anticipated MMO, Star Trek Online. Champions Online based on the popular Champions™ pen-and-paper RPG and published by Atari, gives players the power of total customization for their hero experience while they explore a vast comic book universe. For more information, please visit http://www.champions-online.com.

For more information about the MashON Platform, please visit http://www.MashON.com.

About MashON
Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, MashON is the author and developer of the MashON Platform, a creative, social media platform that delivers its Brand Partners: reach, user engagement, control and multiple revenue streams and its Users: fun, easy to use, immersive web applications and an opportunity to engage with their favorite brands to create and share their own customized digital or physical products. MashON applications reach in excess of 8 million visitors each month across sectors as diverse as entertainment, publishing, music, gaming, comics, sports, fashion and education. http://www.mashon.com

About Cryptic Studios
Based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online games committed to delivering the next level of MMO gameplay. Cryptic develops AAA titles for PC and consoles, including Star Trek Online and Champions Online. For more information about Cryptic Studios, please visit the official website at: http://www.crypticstudios.com.

About Atari, SA
Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment for interactive game platforms that include PC, online, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and advanced smart phones (i.e. iphone). Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Atari London Studio, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.

Atari benefits from its global brand and an extensive catalogue of popular games based on classic owned game franchises (Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander), original owned franchises (Test Drive, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online, Champions Online) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters, Dungeons and Dragons).

For more information please visit http://www.atari.com and http://corporate.atari.com
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MashON and MashON Comic Book Creator are trademarks of MashON.
Champions, Champions Online, and Cryptic Studios are trademarks of Cryptic Studios, Inc.
STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of CBS Studios Inc and used with permission.
Other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

MashON Media Contact:

Pauline Elvidge
310.943.8618
pauline(dot)elvidge(at)mashon(dot)com

Cryptic Studios Media Contact:

Tricia Gray
408-399-1969 X 244
tgray(at)crypticstudios(dot)com

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