September 9, 2005 - FUN Technologies plc ("FUN"), a leading provider of skill games, fantasy sports and online sports information, announced today that its subsidiary, SkillJam Technologies Corporation ("SkillJam"), will hold the first ever million-dollar "Skill Games World Championship".
"We are pleased to offer this exciting, unprecedented tournament, which has been designed to determine the best casual gamer in the world," said Paul Jensen, president of SkillJam, the world's leading provider of skill games. "SkillJam recognizes that casual gamers are a driving force in the games community by introducing the largest tournament of its kind. Gamers will compete for cash and prizes totaling more than $2 million, simply by playing versions of their favorite skill-based games."
Lorne Abony, chief executive officer of SkillJam's parent company, FUN Technologies, added, "Skill-based gaming is experiencing hyper-growth, currently reaching an audience that is estimated to be over 100 million gamers worldwide. The Skill Games World Championship takes that excitement to a new level, with players getting a chance to walk away with the grand prize of $1 million."
The Skill Games World Championship will crown the best all-around player of three of the most popular skill-based casual games ever created: "Solitaire", "Zuma" and "Bejeweled 2". These games make up the cornerstone of the casual gaming space. In fact, according to Popcap, its Bejeweled / Bejeweled 2 franchise alone has sold more than 5 million units, and has provided more than 1 billion hours of enjoyment to tens of millions of players since the original Bejeweled game debuted in 2001.
The tournament utilizes SkillJam's proprietary tournament technology. Contestants can enter the Championship through one of approximately 400 qualifier tournaments provided on www.skilljam.com, www.skillgamesworldchampionship.com, or via SkillJam partner sites such as AOL Games, eBay, GSN, MSN Games and Real Networks. In order to advance to the Finals, a player only needs to win a single qualifying tournament in any of the three games. Finalists will be flown to Los Angeles in March 2006 to compete against each other in a live, potentially televised event. The player with the best combined performance will be crowned the Skill Games World Champion, and awarded a $1 million cash prize.
About SkillJam Technologies
SkillJam, a subsidiary of FUN, is the leading multi-channel provider of skill-gaming technology and solutions and boasts more than 70 skill games across all gaming genres, including Puzzle, Arcade, Card and Tile, Word, Trivia and Multi-Player games. SkillJam develops and distributes skill-gaming solutions across online, mobile, and iTV platforms, while providing a host of private-label gaming solutions for a broad network of partner destination sites in the US and abroad, including AOL, MSN Games, and Disney's Go.com. In 2005, SkillJam has partnered with many more leading global brands, including eBay, GSN and Virgin Games.
About FUN Technologies plc
FUN Technologies plc is a leading provider of skill gaming, fantasy sports and online sports information. FUN's strategy is to provide its cutting-edge, person-to-person gaming systems to top, licensed distribution partners in regulated markets around the world. FUN is a public company, incorporated in England and Wales, and is listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN".