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Speakeasy Press Release for TeamSpeak, Guild Wars® Bundle
Published by Florence Espinoza on Apr 27, 2005
SEATTLE, April 27, 2005 - Speakeasy's GameCloud, the online gaming division of the nation's largest independent broadband services company, will provide TeamSpeak voice communication software solution for the highly anticipated online roleplaying game, Guild Wars®. TeamSpeak will be bundled with the Guild Wars® Collector's Edition, which will be available in North America and Europe on April 28, 2005 (estimated retail price is US$49.99). Guild Wars® was developed by ArenaNet®, a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft®.

Speakeasy's GameCloud services will ensure that hundreds of thousands of players worldwide can simultaneously communicate using TeamSpeak. With in-game chat, players can strategize in real time, call targets, focus fire and move the team as a unit. Speakeasy's enterprise gaming services group has been working with TeamSpeak to create a customized solution for Guild Wars® that allows users to speak to other players using software that runs on the players' personal computers.

Guild Wars® is the ultimate global RPG, a transporting experience that transcends the boundaries of geography, technology and language. Play with anyone, anywhere, at any time and there's no subscription fee required. Players are immersed in a colorful, robust and detailed online world where they can choose to play for minutes or hours. Success is determined by player skill, not by the time spent playing.

"Speakeasy understands the complex demands of online gamers as they've been a core focus of our broadband business for many years. Speakeasy's TeamSpeak and low-latency, international network will allow for optimal communication for Guild Wars® players," said Speakeasy Chairman and Founder Mike Apgar.

"Guild Wars® is a global game and Speakeasy's TeamSpeak component adds another dimension to seamless interaction among players around the world," Jeff Strain, ArenaNet cofounder said. "Speakeasy's technology and high-powered network offers us the best voice solution to reach game players."

About Speakeasy

Speakeasy, the nation's largest independent broadband services company, is focused on meeting the needs of discerning businesses, professionals and those who depend on the Internet for higher productivity in life. Speakeasy manages its own private fiber-optic national network, ensuring fast connections, low latency, and an unparalleled degree of security protection from the public Internet. Speakeasy offers a full range of innovative services, including OneLink dedicated DSL, VoIP, online gaming services, and multiple business-grade connectivity options. Speakeasy's GameCloud is a leading supplier of fast network and managed hosting services and includes an infrastructure of servers, content repositories, online services, editorial properties and partners that operate on multiple internet backbones and peering connections in order to deliver the best online gaming experience for broadband enabled customers. Customers rave about the personalized and highly competent support they receive from Speakeasy's Seattle-based customer service team. Speakeasy's broadband services are available in most metropolitan areas within the 48 contiguous United States. Those interested in Speakeasy can visit www.speakeasy.net or call 1.800.556.5829.

About ArenaNet

ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft and was founded by some of the key members of the creative teams that developed the hit game series StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo as well as Battle.net. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and is developing premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.

About NCsoft - North America

NCsoft - North America (NC-NA) is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NC-NA, with development and administrative offices in Texas and California, launched two ground-breaking titles in the first half of 2004, Lineage® II and City of Heroes®. The company also works with NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. More information about NCsoft - North America can be found at www.plaync.com.
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