Multimillion Unit-Selling Sports Franchise Returns to the Virtual Octagon(TM) with Most Authentic MMA Experience to Date, Including Innovative Online Fight Camp Feature
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., May 25, 2010 -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced the worldwide release of UFC(R) Undisputed(TM) 2010, marking the highly anticipated return of the critically acclaimed videogame sports franchise based on the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R). UFC Undisputed 2010 features over 100 of the world's most talented mixed martial artists, unmatched combat gameplay, a robust Career Mode and innovative new online features, delivering the most authentic and expansive UFC videogame experience to date. UFC Undisputed 2010 is rated "T" for Teen and is now available at retail outlets for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation(R)3 computer entertainment system for a suggested retail price of $59.99. The game will be available for the PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system in September.
"UFC Undisputed 2010 raises the bar for sports games across the board with a huge gameplay feature set that includes a superior combat system, a variety of new modes and a groundbreaking online fight camp feature," said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President, Core Games, THQ. "Online fight camps represent a massive online advancement in the fighting and sports genres, putting the emphasis on building and progressing as a team, while enabling players to continually enhance their MMA skills."
"UFC Undisputed 2010 is the best sports videogame you'll play this year and makes other fighting games look pretty primitive," said Dana White, president, UFC. "UFC is the world's premiere MMA organization, and UFC Undisputed 2010 is the only videogame that delivers the authenticity and intensity of the UFC in the virtual Octagon(TM)."
UFC Undisputed 2010 is receiving worldwide critical acclaim from leading gaming enthusiast press:
"The sport of MMA shines again in this fantastic sequel."
GamePro (US), 5 out of 5
"An all-conquering monster."
Official PlayStation Magazine (UK), 9 out of 10
"...a full-fledged evolution of the already outstanding series."
GameArena.com (AUS), 9.5
About UFC Undisputed 2010 Online Access
The online fight camp feature in UFC Undisputed 2010 introduces a never-before-seen gameplay dynamic to the sports and fighting genres, allowing players to form camps of up to 40 people, similar to clans in first-person shooters or guilds in a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game. The feature will allow players to join together online to fight, train and progress as a team. In addition to providing a rich online experience, the feature brings a prominent part of MMA culture to the game, as real-life fight camps and training regimes play vital roles in a fighter's preparation and success inside the Octagon. In addition, players will be able to manage their camps from anywhere in the world through UFC Undisputed 2010's community site at community.ufcundisputed.com. Exhibition Mode also returns to UFC Undisputed 2010, letting players around the world fight against each other online.
The online features in UFC Undisputed 2010 are accessible through a numerical code packed into every copy of game. The one-time-use only codes can also be purchased via Xbox LIVE(R) Marketplace for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 400 Microsoft Points and PlayStation(R)Network for $5.00 for second-time buyers. For more information on purchasing codes for online use, please visit community.ufcundisputed.com.
About UFC Undisputed 2010
UFC Undisputed 2010 is the only MMA videogame that delivers the action, intensity and prestige of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Players navigate an unparalleled roster of more than 100 prolific UFC fighters, each fully rendered to convey a photorealistic appearance. Enhanced combat brings greater authenticity and more customization, as players manage Octagon control with new strikes, submissions, transitions, cage positions and more. UFC Undisputed 2010 encourages online camaraderie like never before, giving players the ability to form fight camps, train like real-life UFC fighters and go online to compete against other camps in the virtual UFC world. In addition to an expanded Career Mode, UFC Undisputed 2010 introduces three new gameplay modes, including Title Mode, Title Defense Mode and Tournament Mode. So you wanna be a fighter? This is how. For more information about UFC Undisputed 2010, please visit www.ufcundisputed.com and www.thq.com.
Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) - www.ufc.com
Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFC(R) produces over twelve UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually and 30 live arena events around the world. UFC programming is distributed in the United States on Viacom, Inc.'s Spike TV and on Comcast, Inc.'s Versus network. UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 130 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching 430 million homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. Ancillary businesses now include UFC.com with over 5 million unique visitors per month, the best-selling UFC "Undisputed" videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC Gym(TM), UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo(TM) festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, articulated action figures and other media including best-selling DVDs and a U.S. bimonthly magazine.
For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com, UK.UFC.com, GERMANY.UFC.com, UFCJapan.jp or UFCEspanol.com.
About THQ Inc.
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers and wireless devices. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ and the THQ logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.
Ultimate Fighting Championship(R), Ultimate Fighting(R), UFC(R), The Ultimate Fighter(R), Submission(R), As Real As It Gets(R), Zuffa(R), The Octagon(TM) and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, registered service marks, trademarks, trade dress and/or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and licensed to its affiliated entities and other licensees in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC, its affiliates or other respective owners.
Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, the Xbox logos, and the Xbox Live logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.
"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
The statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts may be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the business of THQ Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as "THQ"), including, but not limited to, expectations and projections related to the UFC Undisputed 2010 videogame and are based upon management's current beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, business, competitive, economic, legal, political and technological factors affecting our industry, operations, markets, products or pricing. Readers should carefully review the risk factors and the information that could materially affect THQ's financial results, described in other documents that THQ files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended March 31, 2009, and particularly the discussion of risk factors set forth therein. Unless otherwise required by law, THQ disclaims any obligation to update its view on any such risks or uncertainties or to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.
Source: THQ Inc.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Multimillion Unit-Selling Sports Franchise Returns to the Virtual Octagon(TM) with Most Authentic MMA Experience to Date, Including Innovative Online Fight Camp Feature
Friday, May 21, 2010
I no longer even watch, let alone care about, pro wrestling, but figured I'd make some mention of this.
As of today, WWE released Carlito, because he violated their Wellness Program (first offense) then subsequently refused to enter rehab.
Now, we can all hear Carlito flood the media with how he wanted to be fired ... for a little while, at least ... then, he'll soon be begging for another chance.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Three Title Fights Highlight Network's LIVE coverage - Friday, May 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET
DALLAS, May 13, 2010 -- HDNet will feature LIVE coverage of "HDNet Fights: Mark Burnett Presents King of the Cage - Honor" from the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico this Friday, May 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
In the main event of the evening, King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion Tony "Kryptonite" Lopez (18-3) puts his title on the line against Mike Kyle (15-7-1). Lopez is looking to rebound from his first loss in over two years after being upset by Tony Johnson for the King of the Cage Heavyweight title in his last outing. He faces what might be the toughest test of his career in the form of Kyle, who enters this bout on a three fight winning streak, eager to capture his first title.
The KOTC title will also be on the line in the Flyweight division as Abel Cullum (17-3) defends his title against Josh Montoya (5-3). In the Bantamweight division, Angelo Sanchez (8-2) defends his title against interim champion Donald Sanchez (19-10) in a rematch that has been more than a year in the making. Both men enter the bout riding winning streaks of six and four fights, respectively.
"Lopez has an opportunity to rebound quickly in this high profile, televised fight," said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. "I am also looking forward to Gaston v Schoonover which will lead to the winner getting a shot at the King of the Cage Heavyweight champion."
In other action on the LIVE card, KOTC Welterweight Champion Quinn Mulhern (11-1) meets Joey Gorczynski (17-8) in a non-title bout, Sam Oropeza (3-0) faces off with Koa Ramos (6-1) in a battle of Welterweight prospects, and Nick "Afrozilla" Gaston (3-0) takes on Darrill Schoonover (10-1) in a matchup of Heavyweight contenders.
HDNet (www.hd.net) is the independent network with unique and provocative content that appeals to men of all ages and is delivered in true high definition.
HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.
HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring five regular season games from the Premiere Season of the United Football League. HDNet also features the best of Mixed Martial Arts with its Friday night series, "HDNet Fights" (www.hdnetfights.com). "HDNet Fights" works with leading MMA promoters including DREAM, Sengoku, King of the Cage, XFC, M-1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.
HDNet also delivers the world's largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Nickelback and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "New York Confessions," "Deadline" and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.
Only HDNet Movies (www.hdnetmovies.com) delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Robin Williams, Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.
In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.
HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.
Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, and Verizon FiOS.
The HDNet networks can be followed via Facebook at facebook.com/HDNet, facebook.com/HDNetFights and facebook.com/HDNetMovies and via Twitter at twitter.com/hdnet, twitter.com/hdnetfights and twitter.com/hdnetmovies.
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Image Entertainment Signs DVD Distribution Agreement For Rights To World Extreme Cagefighting(R) (WEC(R))
ALDO vs. FABER to Be First Title Released on July 20
CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 13, 2010 -- Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTC: DISK.PK), one of the largest independent home entertainment distributors in North America and acknowledged pioneer of the multi-billion dollar optical disc industry, announced today the signing of a long-term distribution agreement with World Extreme Cagefighting(R) (WEC(R)). The agreement allows Image the exclusive US and Canadian DVD and Blu-Ray rights for select WEC fights. Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment today made the announcement.
"WEC fights have a huge following as evidenced by their highly-rated programming and dedicated fans," Bromiley said. "Fans love to follow the WEC fighters throughout every aspect of their careers and we plan to give them plenty of exclusive content with which to be entertained."
"We are pleased to announce this distribution agreement with Image Entertainment," WEC Vice President Peter Dropick said. "We have very loyal fans that continuously follow us and by teaming up with Image Entertainment, we are building a DVD library for them to enjoy whenever they'd like."
Image plans to release the first title "ALDO vs. FABER" on July 20, 2010, following the historic pay-per-view event held on April 24, 2010 in Sacramento, Calif. In one of the most explosive featherweight title fights ever, champion and top pound-for-pound fighter Jose Aldo battled former world titleholder "The California Kid" Urijah Faber in front a record-breaking crowd of over 14,000 fans. The evening also included lightweight champion Ben Henderson against Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a rematch of their 2009 Fight of the Year. Plus, Leonard Garcia waged war with "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung in what commentator Joe Rogan called "the fight of the decade." The July DVD and Blu-ray release will include all 11 fights, as well as additional footage and special features not seen anywhere else.
Universally recognized as the home of the best lighter weight mixed martial artists in the world, WEC focuses on elite bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight competitors from all over the globe. By combining traditional martial arts with the aspects of boxing, jiu jitsu, judo, wrestling and other disciplines, WEC fighters are considered among the world's finest athletes. Known for its intense bouts and non-stop action, WEC has established itself as the premier destination for world-class mixed martial arts competition.
Information on additional WEC DVD titles will be made available in the coming months. For more information on World Extreme Cagefighting(R), visit www.wec.tv.
About World Extreme Cagefighting(R)
The WEC brand is recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the United States. WEC, founded in 2001, is the sister organization of the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) and today features the most prominent light weight fighters in the world. Owned and operated by WEC Holdings LLC., and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the WEC produces live and taped events annually that are distributed through the Versus network.WEC programming is also available on Fox Sports en Espanol. In addition to its U.S. distribution, WEC programming is shown on The Score network in Canada, Setanta Sports in Australia, Globosat in Brazil, and Cadena Tres in Mexico. For more information and current WEC fight news, visit wec.tv. World Extreme Cagefighting(R) and WEC(R) are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by WEC Holdings, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions and are licensed to WEC Productions, LLC.
About Image Entertainment
Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee and distributor of entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,200 exclusive DVD titles and approximately 340 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and approximately 400 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and has digital download rights to approximately 2,200 video programs and over 400 audio titles containing more than 5,500 individual tracks. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to www.image-entertainment.com.
Source: Image Entertainment, Inc.
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