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Thursday 01 March, 2001

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Warthog PLC
1 March 2001

Thursday 1st March 2001

                                 WARTHOG PLC
                        ('Warthog' or 'the Group')
          WARTHOG SIGNS MOBILE PHONE AGREEMENT WITH DIGITAL BRIDGES

Warthog plc ('Warthog' or 'the Group'), the AIM listed interactive entertainment
software group, has signed a deal with Digital Bridges, the wireless
device-based entertainment publishers, to publish the first of Warthog's
recently announced Scott Adams' games for mobile phones, Adventureland.

Revenues will be derived from upfront design fees and the royalties usage-based
charges made to operators by Digital Bridges. Digital Bridges has commercial
agreements with operators worldwide including Vizzavi and One2One in the UK,
France Telecom, ClearNet in Canada, Omnitel in Italy, World Online in South
Africa and Globetel in the Philippines. The game is expected to be published in
the second quarter of 2001. 

This announcement follows Warthog's acquisition of the prestigious Scott Adams'
titles in January 2001. Adventureland is one of Scott Adams' most famous
adventures and challenges players to explore a mysterious island in search of
hidden treasure. Famous for creating some of the very first computer adventures,
Scott Adams published games under the 'Adventure International' banner
throughout the 1970s and '80s and is widely regarded as a pioneer of the
adventure game genre. Warthog intends to develop the games using illustrations
as well as detailed text descriptions.

Digital Bridges has been pioneering wireless device-based entertainment since
1998 and has successfully published games over multiple network operators across
around the globe. The first versions of the games will be released using WAP,
with later versions progressing to alternative mobile technologies in line with
their availability. 

Recent figures from Datamonitor suggest that the revenues from mobile content
will reach more than $31.5 billion in 2005 compared with an estimated $2.4
billion in 2001. By far the largest portion, around $11 billion, of this revenue
is expected to be generated by entertainment content and a considerable amount
of that from games of which Adventureland is a prime example.
Ashley Hall, Warthog's CEO, said:

'We are truly excited by this new opportunity. Digital Bridges has blazed a
trail across the wireless Internet that others are only now starting to follow
and is the perfect partner for Warthog to put the Scott Adams adventures in
front of the rapidly growing mobile audience. The contract is in line with
Warthog's strategy to extend its portfolio into the new media environment, and
by combining the proven properties of the Scott Adams series with those of the
leading mobile publisher, we feel that we are in the strongest possible position
as we enter this new and exciting market.'

'Digital Bridges is committed to bringing world leading developers and
publishers into the new medium of the wireless Internet,' said Kevin Bradshaw,
CEO and founder of Digital Bridges. 'Warthog is an internationally acclaimed
developer, across all platforms and the Scott Adams adventures are a perfect
first step into wireless for such an ambitious company. Digital Bridges
technology platform and customer agreements will put Adventureland in front of
the widest range of players in what is the most rapidly growing area of digital
entertainment.'


Enquiries

Ashley Hall
CEO Warthog plc                    0161 491 5131
Tom Price
Beeson Gregory Limited             020 7488 4040
David Simonson/ 
Sadhbh O'Gorman Merlin Financial   0207 606 1244 
                                   e-mail [email protected]
                                   [email protected]
Brian Baglow
Digital Bridges                    01383 723234 
                                   e-mail [email protected]
 
Background to Warthog

Warthog was established in 1997 in Cheadle, Cheshire, to develop interactive
entertainment software, primarily for the computer games market. The Group's
workforce of over 100 includes 68 permanent full time staff and approximately 43
sub-contracted developers and consultants. It has a highly experienced
development team whose combined experience covers more than 100 games titles
across most major platforms and games genres, and with a wide demographic
spread. 

Recent launches have included StarTrek Invasion for PlayStation, Asterix - the
Gallic War for PlayStation and PC, and Tom & Jerry TM for PlayStation and
GameBoy. Warthog is pioneering the use of multi-player game capabilities across
the internet and is best known to date for its development of the highly
acclaimed game Starlancer for publisher Microsoft, and for Sega's Dreamcast for
publisher Crave Entertainment. In July 1999, Warthog broadened its skill base
with the purchase, and subsequent integration, of Sourcery Developments Ltd, a
games developer with particular expertise in children's games for the
PlayStation and GameBoy platforms. As well as now developing for all the major
console platforms, Warthog retains strong relationships with a wide spread of
publishers across the industry, including Microsoft, Crave, Activision,
Psygnosis and Infogrames. 

Warthog successfully floated on the Alternative Investment Market of the London
Stock Exchange on Thursday, 1st February 2001.

Digital Bridges
Digital Bridges was created in 1998, with a goal of becoming the world leader in
the creation and delivery of entertainment services for mobile devices on the
wireless Internet. The company brings three major assets to the new medium of
wireless communications: delivery technology, distribution and publishing
capabilities and content design experience. Its first games channel,
'Wirelessgames.com' was launched in the second quarter of 2000. Since then, it
has been a global success. The company recently announced that Wirelessgames.com
has broken the 600,000 games played barrier, with over 24,000,000 hits on the
Wirelessgames.com site in a little over 6 months. Digital Bridges has already
signed 20 network operators across the world in countries including the UK,
France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, the USA, South Africa and
the Philippines. Wirelessgames.com also recently won the 'Best WAP Game' award
in the first Reader's Awards, as voted by the readers of both Wapland.com and
Future Publishing's WAP Magazine in the UK. More information can be found online
at www.digitalbridges.com.
 

                

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