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Subject: [loki-press] Epic and Loki Partner for Unreal Tournament for Linux
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 17:35:48 -0700
From: Kayt Sorhaindo <sigyn@lokigames.com>
To: <loki-press@lokigames.com>, <loki-announce@lokigames.com>


For Immediate Release

Epic and Loki Partner for Unreal Tournament for Linux
New Software Update Available Today from Loki

Tustin, CA.  --  August 1, 2000 -- Loki Software, Inc., the leader in 
bringing best-selling PC games to Linux, today announces an exclusive 
agreement with Epic Games, Inc. to maintain and support the Linux version 
of Unreal Tournament. 

Unreal Tournament (UT) is the critically-acclaimed and wildly-popular 
first person shooter that pits player against player over the Internet. 
From the start, Epic Games has allowed their customers to download from 
their website the Linux binaries for use with the boxed Windows version 
of the game. Epic Games will now leverage Loki's expertise in Linux 
gaming to provide high-quality technical support and software updates for 
their Linux user base.

"We're very excited to be working with Loki" said Mark Rein, Vice 
President of Epic Games, "they're clearly the leading authority where 
Linux gaming is concerned and we know our Linux users will see great 
benefit from this relationship."

Under the terms of the agreement, Loki will maintain the Linux version of 
UT, offering new features, addressing any technical issues and achieving 
revision parity with the Windows version. The first update from Loki, 
version 425, is available today from the Loki website at 
www.lokigames.com/products/ut. The new binaries provide for improved 
visual quality and new joystick support and include several bug fixes.

Starting with this version, Loki will provide full technical support for 
UT Linux. Users may contact Loki by email or phone and through Fenris, 
Loki's online bug-tracking database, located at fenris.lokigames.com.

"Unreal Tournament is a ground-breaking game," commented Daniel Vogel, 
Loki's lead programmer for UT Linux. "This new relationship between Loki 
and Epic demonstrates our combined dedication to supporting the Linux 
user base for UT."

There are no plans at this time to sell a retail box with the Linux 
version. Customers who want to play UT on Linux will continue to purchase 
the Windows product and download a free Linux installer from Loki's 
website. Loki has also secured the bundling rights for UT Linux, and will 
aggressively pursue OEM opportunities to bring UT Linux to more Linux 

About Epic Games, Inc.

Epic Games Inc, based in Raleigh, N.C., and established in 1991, is a 
developer of cutting-edge PC games. The company is best known as the 
creator of hit PC 3D action games Unreal, an award-winning blockbuster 
hit having sold more than 1 million copies, and Unreal Tournament which 
has been recognized as the Game of the Year by leading gaming media 
outlets including Computer Gaming World, the No. 1 PC games magazine. 
Epic's Unreal Engine has been licensed to several top PC game developers 
for games in a variety of genres. In the past Epic was well known for 
it's shareware games including Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and 
Epic Pinball. Additional information can be obtained through Epic's Web 
site at http://www.epicgames.com.

Epic Games Press Contact: Lori Mezoff, TSI Communications, 212-320-2202, 

About Loki Software, Inc. 

A privately-held company founded in 1998, CA, Loki works with leading 
game publishers and developers to port their best-selling PC titles to 
Linux. Titles from Loki include Quake III Arena, SimCity 3000 Unlimited 
and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri with the Alien Crossfire expansion pack. 
In addition to this arsenal of games, Loki supports several Open Source 
development projects and distributes Debian GNU/Linux. For more 
information visit http://www.lokigames.com.

Loki Press Contact: Kayt Sorhaindo, Loki Software, 714-505-8915 x12, 

About Linux 

First created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, Linux is now the fastest growing 
operating system in the world according to a recent International Data 
Corporation (IDC) study.  Currently, it is estimated that Linux is used 
by some 8 million people worldwide.  With advanced features such as true 
multi-user and multi-tasking capabilities, Linux has inspired a steadily 
growing number of individuals and businesses to adopt Linux for a wide 
range of functions: as servers, for networking, for software development, 
and more recently as a desktop and gaming platform. Linux is a registered 
trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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