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12th November 2008

SilverBirch Signs Letter of Intent to Sell Jambo Mobile Solutions to Silverback Media

Toronto SilverBirch Inc., today announced it has signed a non-binding letter of intent with Silverback Media Corp. to sell the assets and liabilities of Jambo Mobile Solutions Inc.. The proposed closing is scheduled for December 15, 2008 or at such earlier date as mutually agreed.

The divesture of this non-core business unit will allow the Company to focus on its core strengths and new business strategy in the gaming industry. The Company’s primary goal is to become a premier operator and publisher of Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) and video games for PCs and leading console platforms. The new corporate focus initiated recently will build upon SilverBirch’s existing operations including video game developer SilverBirch Studios, Netherlands-based interactive entertainment publisher Lighthouse Interactive, and a co-venture to operate licensed English language online multiplayer games. The company is also acquiring Red Mile Entertainment, publisher of console games Sin City and Heroes Over Europe, in a deal expected to close in early 2009, subject to shareholder, legal and regulatory approvals.
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11th November 2008

Eidos Montreal Open House Approaching

Eidos Montreal will open its studio doors for a public open house this Saturday, November 15th. Studio staff will be proudly showing off the home of DEUS EX 3 and their latest Phase II expansion. Along with the open house, there will be plenty of give-aways and a chance to talk with the development staff. The Eidos Montreal studio is located on the 6th Floor at 400 de Maisonneuve West in Montreal, Quebec.

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10th November 2008

Ubisoft Acquires Massive Entertainment & World In Conflict

MontrealUbisoft announced today that it has acquired from Activision Blizzard the assets and all of the personnel of esteemed Malmö, Sweden- based studio Massive Entertainment®, as well as the real time strategy brand World In Conflict®.

Created in 1997, Massive employs over 120 developers and was ranked as one of the top 50 best game studios in the world by Game Developers Research in 2008. The studio is world-renowned for its expertise in the RTS genre and for the quality of its innovative proprietary technologies. World in Conflict® was acclaimed by critics, receiving the Best Strategy Game of E3 2007 award, as well as being named Best Online Multiplayer Game of 2007 by IGN, and Most Innovative Game of 2007 by Gamespot, among many other awards.

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10th November 2008

Canada’s Halo 3 Team Takes Gold at WCG 2008

Cologne Germany – EndResult, Canada’s top Halo 3 team is now Number 1 in the World. They went 3-0-1 at the 2008 World Cyber Games Grand Finals to bring home the gold. The team defeated TSW.Flowen of New Zealand, Team_nBK of Mexico, Great Britain’s vVv.dignitas and LowLandLions from The Netherlands to win a berth in the Single Elimination (best 2 out of 3) Round. EndResult’s only tie in the preliminary matches was against LowLandLions.

In the final rounds, EndResult went undefeated beating out Italy’s Inferno_Esports in Round 8, American team Mob_Deep in the Semi Final, and France’s SSK in the Final to win top spot on the awards podium.

EndResult’s team members are: Kevin Garcia of Keswick, ON; Max Rawal of Scarborough, ON; Matt Warkentin of St. Catharines, ON and Chris Kerluke of Vancouver, BC. Chris was the only member of Team Canada who hailed from BC.

Team Canada finished 9th overall out of 83 participating countries.

Results for Team Canada’s other competitors:

NoPression (Quebec) – Counter Strike 1.6 – went 4-2-0 but were eliminated in Round 16 by the USA’s x3o

Nic Brownrigg (Ontario) – Project Gotham Racing 4 – eliminated with a 2-4-0 record early in the competition

Daniel Piacampo (Ontario) – Guitar Hero 3 – 4-2-0 but was eliminated prior to the semi-final rounds

Alan Joseph (Ontario) – Virtua Fighter 5 – eliminated early in the tournament with 1-4-0

Jonathan Garneau (Quebec) – Warcraft 3 – Frozen Throne – eliminated early in the tournament with 1-5-0

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7th November 2008

SilverBirch Appoints New President and CEO as Company Refocuses Exclusively On Gaming

TorontoSilverBirch Inc. (TSX-V: SVB), a leading digital entertainment company, today announced the appointment of Mr. Kevin Astle as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Under Mr. Astle, a seasoned business and marketing strategist with extensive global experience, SilverBirch will refocus exclusively on the fast-growing gaming sector. Mr. Astle succeeds Derek van der Plaat, who resigned today as President and CEO, and as a Director of the company.

The refocused strategy leverages SilverBirch’s core strengths in gaming. The company’s primary goal will be to become a premier publisher and operator of Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) as well as video games for PCs and leading console platforms. The new corporate focus will build upon the company’s existing operations including video game developer SilverBirch Studios, Netherlands-based interactive entertainment publisher Lighthouse Interactive, and a co-venture to operate licensed English language online multiplayer games. The company is also acquiring Red Mile Entertainment, publisher of console games Sin City and Heroes Over Europe, in a deal expected to close in early 2009, subject to shareholder, legal and regulatory approvals.
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7th November 2008

EA SPORTS President to Present at the BMO Capital Markets 16th Annual Interactive Entertainment Conference

BurnabyElectronic Arts Inc. today announced that Peter Moore, President of EA SPORTS, will present at the BMO Capital Markets 16th Annual Interactive Entertainment Conference on November 13, 2008 in New York, NY. at 09:00 ET. During the course of this event, Electronic Arts may disclose material developments affecting its business and/or financial performance. An audio webcast will be available on Electronic Arts website at http://investor.ea.com through November 20, 2008.

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7th November 2008

YANGAROO, A-Ware Software Integrate DMDS and MusicMaster

TorontoYANGAROO Inc., the industry’s leading secure digital media distribution company, has integrated its Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) with the MusicMaster Scheduling software produced by A-Ware Software, Inc.

As a result of this integration, the more than 2,800 MusicMaster Scheduling software users at radio stations worldwide can now import new music available through YANGAROOs DMDS directly into their music library. The new music imported from DMDS also includes the related track information.

YANGAROOs DMDS is a web-based delivery system available free to the radio industry. It replaces the physical distribution of music, allowing radio stations throughout North America to receive broadcast-quality music and promotional materials digitally and securely from independent, as well as major, record labels.

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6th November 2008

Creativeworks Productions Wins Video Award for Canadian Standards Association

TorontoCreativeworks Productions Inc. is pleased to announce that their video Mobile Productions was an award winner in this year’s prestigious Crystal Vision Awards competition, honouring the best in television and film productions.

Mobile Productions was created for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), a not-for-profit membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. A leading developer of standards and codes, and a solutions-oriented organization, CSA provides products, services and training that help enhance public safety and health, improve the quality of life, facilitate trade and preserve the environment.
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5th November 2008

Mass Effect Wins Outstanding Cinematic

Our congratulations to the Cinematics team at BiowareMass Effect was honored with the award for the 2008 Mackie for Outstanding Achievement in Game Cinematics from the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences Film Festival in New York over the November 1st weekend.

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5th November 2008

Zeugma Introduces Smart Series Applications

VancouverZeugma Systems, a privately held supplier of open telecommunications solutions, today announced the Zeugma Smart Series applications that run within the highly flexible Zeugma Open Application Sandbox (OAS), which facilitates rapid, cost-effective development of new services. SmartVideo, the first application in the Smart Series, enables service providers to monetize the video traffic already traversing their networks by creating a high-quality, always-available premium internet video service that they can sell to their residential customers for an incremental fee. SmartVideo enables service providers to turn streaming internet video into a premium opt-in video experience by identifying and allocating the appropriate amount of bandwidth to video traffic, including high-definition (HD) video, yielding a viewing experience approaching that of a locally attached DVD player.

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