CHICAGO – August 22, 2006 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced that 4–time Super Bowl champion, Bill Romanowski, will join Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor, as co–cover athlete of Blitz: The League for the XBOX 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and of Blitz: The League Overtime for the PSP (Sony PlayStation Portable). Along with contributing his image for the game's packaging, Bill Romanowski will also be featured as the voice and personality of one of the League's most hated linebackers, Bruno Batagglia. Bruno is the franchise player for the Baltimore Bearcats and plays a significant role in the game's storyline which occurs both on and off–the–field.
"With over one million games sold to–date, Blitz: The League has been an enormous success for Midway," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. "We are excited to have Bill Romanowski, arguably one of the most feared and talented defensive football players of his time, working in conjunction with Midway to bring fans the first Blitz title on next generation systems."
Blitz: The League is scheduled to ship for the XBOX 360 in October 2006 and Blitz: The League Overtime for the PSP is expected to ship in November 2006. Blitz: The League is currently available for the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game system from Microsoft.
About Blitz: The League
The game which revolutionized pro football videogames is back and better than ever, starring new bad boy, Bill Romanowski, as Baltimore Bearcats linebacker Bruno Batagglia, and the return of Lawrence Taylor, as Quentin Sands. Step onto the field with more customizable options than ever before, with new cities, logos, and unlockable players which will help you to create what could be the greatest franchise in League history. Take your team online and dominate your opponents using new offensive and defensive evasion moves, or try and defeat the new all–star teams stacked with the best talent on the field. Get ready for another dramatic season of Blitz and experience The League like never before.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices throughout the world, is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major videogame systems and personal computers. More information about Midway and its products can be found at www.midway.com.
MIDWAY, BLITZ, BLITZ: THE LEAGUE, and BLITZ: THE LEAGUE OVERTIME are trademarks or registered trademarks of Midway Amusement Games, LLC. "PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "Xbox" and "XBOX 360" are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.
This press release contains "forward–looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning future business conditions and the outlook for Midway Games Inc. (the "Company") based on currently available information. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those described in the forward–looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the performance of the interactive entertainment industry, dependence on new product introductions and the ability to maintain the scheduling of such introductions, the current console platform transition and other technological changes, dependence on major platform manufacturers and other risks more fully described under "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10–K for the year ended December 31, 2005, and in other filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Each forward–looking statement, including, without limitation, financial guidance, speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which it is made or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances, except as required by law.