Bringing Worlds Together™ Planetwide Games Expands Worldwide as Marketing Arm and Master Licensor for Video Game Developers Youxiland Digital and Gamasoft

Planetwide Games now combines over 100 video game titles with 8.2 million registered users worldwide.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) May 19, 2005 -- Planetwide Games an innovator and leading video game publisher and distributor - a Bluetorch On-Line Games, Inc. company, announces today that it has signed an exclusive worldwide Marketing and Master Licensor agreement with Youxiland Digital Co. Ltd. of Taiwan, and their affiliates including Gamasoft of South Korea. Planetwide Games has also signed an option to acquire Youxiland and Gamasoft. This strategic partnership agreement creates a vertically integrated global organization with development, production, marketing, and sales thus allowing the partners to widen their distribution channels and publishing capabilities. Youxiland Digital Co. Ltd. and Gamasoft are the developers of MMORPG, PC online, console, casual and mobile games such as "RYL:Risk Your Life," "RYL:Path of the Emperor," "RYL:Battle Lohan," "Darcania," "i-Youxi" series of games, "Luna," "Friends," "Lion Heart" and many others.

"Youxiland and Gamasoft are extremely talented video game developers who have built high-quality video games based on over a decade of experience, advanced technology and creativity," said Marvin Winkler, CEO Planetwide Games. "We are honored to be able to expand upon our strategic partnership with Youxiland Bringing our Worlds Together with People, Talent, Imagination, Brands, Technology and Geography as one global community offering many benefits."

The creation of this vertically integrated strategic partnership will assist in accelerating new titles to market with a variety of costs efficiencies. The combined resources, with worldwide channels of distribution, will soon be launching a variety of specialized video game industry firsts which include new forms of entertainment, several patent pending technologies and business processes that Planetwide Games owns, which include; MP3 in-game media player GameTRACKS™, music channels and downloadable music, SoReals™ Animated Music Videos, Comic Book Creator™, in-game Self-publishing software and tools, GameFREQ™, in-game Micro-payments, Security Smartcards and Card Readers, GameBUCK$™, in-game Focus Group Surveys. The Planetwide Games Focus Group Survey and innovative business model enables players to earn cash while playing "RYL:Path of the Emperor" and other game titles.

"Planetwide Games innovation is at the core of everything they do," said Mr. Daniel Kim, CEO Youxiland. "They are expert brand building architects and well respected marketers who have a vast depth of knowledge, experience and network in the world of licensing and merchandising. Marvin and his team are a natural fit for us and we are very pleased to have Planetwide Games as our global partner."

Third party vendors, additional partners and sponsors will now be able to benefit exponentially through the power of this one dynamic global community resource of over 8.2 million registered online gaming users.

On behalf of the combined worldwide partnership between Youxiland, Gamasoft, and Planetwide, Planetwide Games will now begin executing immediately upon their licensing plan during E3 (E3 – Entertainment Expo 2005 Kentia Booth #6547) which focuses on securing licensing and strategic agreements in China, United Kingdom, India, Brazil and Australia. The company has stated it is also currently interviewing licensing partners worldwide.

Planetwide Games will be inviting and including China, United Kingdom, India, Brazil and Australia regions to become part of the "RYL:Path of the Emperor" $1 Million Grand Prize Skill-Based Player Tournament which will launch in North America on July 1, 2005. The "RYL:Path of the Emperor" $1 Million Tournament is the largest single prize money in the history of the video game industry.

Planetwide Games, recently launched throughout North America Pre-Order retail boxes of "RYL:Path of the Emperor" through EB Games, EB Canada, Gamestop and Best Buy retailers and online stores. "RYL:Path of the Emperor" full version game will launch at retail throughout North America beginning June 21.

The combination of the companies have over 190 game developers, engineers, R&D, and marketing personnel with offices in Taiwan, China, Korea, and the United States engaged in the development and localization of online computer games and interactive entertainment. Youxiland and Gamasoft have developed next generation, specialized engines for a wide variety of internet products and online games.

Originally, Planetwide signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Youxiland on July 11, 2004 for their "RYL" MMORPG title for the territory of North America. Since October 2004, Planetwide’s Executive Management team has built a very close relationship with Youxiland and began strategizing an expansion and acquisition plan of additional licensed territories for "RYL: Path of the Emperor" as well as additional MMORPG and Video Games that Youxiland and Gamasoft developed in its library. Planetwide Games recently acquired 80 additional video game library under the brand "Pixel Popper Games™." Pixel Poppers are very challenging and addictive casual games which the company will now market through their worldwide distribution channels.

About Planetwide Games
Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Planetwide Games (a Bluetorch On-Line Games, Inc. company) is establishing itself as an innovative provider of leading online video games and interactive entertainment. Bringing Worlds Together™, Planetwide Games also develops proprietary online technology, software products, and is building a worldwide network of affiliates to distribute their games. Enjoy exploring http://www.RYL.net or http://www.PlanetwideGames.com.

About Youxiland Digital Co., Ltd.
Youxiland Digital Co., Ltd. was established in April 2001, as a reorganization of Game Box Multimedia Co., Ltd, setup earlier in 1994. Youxiland has over 120 R&D personnel based in China, Korea, and Taiwan, engaged in the development and localization of online computer games. The company has developed a variety of Internet products and online games. Over the past seven years the majority of the company’s staff has been working on the entire "RYL (Risk Your Life)" branded franchise which includes, "RYL:Risk Your Life" MMORPG online game, which was originally released in 2003 in Asia, and an ambitious and beautifully rendered "RYL:Path of the Emperor." http://www.youxiland.com

Planetwide Games Contacts:
Kevin Donovan
President
Planetwide Games
800-560-2993
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Mark Politi
Vice President Sales and Marketing
Planetwide Games
800-560-2993 x 202
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Media Contact:
Rita Tennyson
Terpin Communications
310-821-6100 x 104
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