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Vivox, Wizards, D&D press release



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*Framingham, Mass. ? August 21, 2007* - Vivox, the leading provider of
integrated voice services for online games and virtual worlds, today
announced that it will be the voice chat provider for Wizards of the
Coast?s new digital Dungeons & Dragons^® experience - Dungeons & Dragons
Insider? (D&D Insider?). Vivox will provide Wizards of the Coast with
hosted and managed voice communication services that are customized for
and integrated into D&D Insider.

With Vivox voice, Dungeon Masters (DMs) and D&D Insider players will be
able to speak with each other around the Dungeons & Dragons Gaming
Table, create one-to-one channels for private conversations, and start,
leave or rejoin voice conversations during game play without impacting
game performance. The DM will have full moderator controls to mute, kick
and ban players during the game for enhanced security and control.
On-screen indicators will show players what voice channels are active
and which players within a channel are speaking.

?Voice is an essential component of the D&D Insider player experience,?
said Bill Slavicsek, R&D Director of Dungeons & Dragons at Wizards of
the Coast. ?The roots of classic Dungeons & Dragons lie in the ability
to play interactively with your friends, communicating openly around a
table, developing characters, building the scene, laying out the
adventure and communicating actions and dialog. To recreate this
experience online, we needed a voice partner with the ability to deliver
a consistently high quality and reliable voice experience for our
players. We also needed a company with the resources to support us
during and after the integration, with a proven ability to scale to a
very large online community. Vivox is well positioned to deliver on
these elements and we look forward to a successful relationship.?

?D&D is the original tabletop roleplaying game, and we are thrilled to
be a part of bringing it online,? said Vivox CEO, Rob Seaver. ?Adding
real-time voice to D&D Insider will make for an unprecedented online
experience that only Wizards of the Coast can create. High quality voice
will grab users and immerse them in game play that is challenging and
entertaining, as well as create a sense of community and camaraderie.
It?s this kind of technology and game innovation that is going to keep
new and old gamers alike heavily-invested and excited about the future
of online games and communities.?


*About Vivox, Inc. *

Vivox provides online games, virtual worlds, and online communities with
managed voice communication services that are simple to integrate and
enhance game play and community. Vivox?s carrier-grade, customizable
solutions help online games and communities create improved offerings
and extend their user base. Today, Vivox is bringing voice to customers
with millions of subscribers in more than 180 countries. For more
information visit http://www.vivox.com

*About Wizards of the Coast*

Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), is
a worldwide leader in the trading card game and tabletop role-playing
game categories, and a leading developer and publisher of game-based
entertainment products. The company holds an exclusive patent on trading
card games (TCGs) and their method of play and produces the premier
trading card game, Magic: The Gathering®, among many other trading card
games and family card and board games. Wizards is also a leading
publisher of role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons®, and
publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous /New York Times/
best-sellers. For more information, visit the Wizards of the Coast
website at www.wizards.com .

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