SAN MATEO, Calif — March 31, 2008 — Capcom, a leading developer and publisher of videogames, today confirmed that it has secured exclusive worldwide rights to publish official videogames and create peripherals based on the world's premier motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP, through 2012. Capcom's exclusive four year games license covers all console formats, including PlayStation2, PlayStationPortable, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC. As part of the agreement, Capcom intends to initially publish titles based on the 2008 MotoGP season for the Xbox 360 PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) computer entertainment system, the Wii system from Nintendo, the PC platform and the PlayStation2 system, plus versions for mobile handsets.
MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship consisting of 18 Grand Prix races hosted around the globe. It features top motorcycle manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, Kawasaki, K and Aprilia, who provide machinery for the world's best riders, including reigning World Champion Casey Stoner from Australia, American Nicky Hayden, Italy's Valentino Rossi, and Spain's Dani Pedrosa. The 2008 line up also includes Japan's Shinya Nakano, plus newcomers for the new season, such as 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and last year's World Superbike Champion, James Toseland, from the UK.
"We are very excited to have signed this long term agreement with Dorna Sports, which for the first time grants one publisher worldwide multi-platform rights to the adrenaline fuelled world of MotoGP," said Mark Beaumont, executive vice president, officer and head of Capcom's consumer software publishing in the Americas and Europe. "We feel this move to a single publisher will greatly benefit our ability to develop titles that deliver more authenticity and excitement to the consumer."
"Capcom has already shown its ability to deliver a title that captures the essence of MotoGP and we look forward to working with them over the next five years," said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports.
ABOUT MotoGP MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship, with a season of 18 Grands Prix in 15 countries, across four continents, bringing together the world's top motorcycle manufacturers and an elite crop of riders from every corner of the globe. The sport is a spectacular show, featuring the most technologically advanced, high-speed racing machinery being ridden by the most fearless and skilful riders on the planet.
As a result of the growing interest in MotoGP in the United States, 2008 will see two Grands Prix in the U.S. for the first time in the history of the World Championship, with the introduction of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the legendary 'Brickyard' in September.
ABOUT DORNA Dorna Sports was established in 1988 as an international sports management and marketing company. Headquarters are in Madrid, with offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo and over 150 dedicated staff. The company is owned by Bridgepoint Capital and its management. Dorna has been the exclusive holder of the commercial and television rights relating to the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) since 1992.