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Glu Mobile Announces Plans to Launch Kasparov Chess; Leading Publisher Teams with Legend Garry Kasparov to Develop and Publish Kasparov Chess for Mobile Phones

Glu Mobile, a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, today announced an agreement to develop and publish Kasparov Chess in partnership with Garry Kasparov, World Champion and the highest-ranked chess player of all time.

Kasparov Chess, which will be available on wireless carriers worldwide beginning in early 2007, will offer a number of ways to play including cross-carrier, international multi-player capabilities allowing players to challenge other chess players around the world. Complete features of the game will be announced upon launch.

"Kasparov has been closely involved with every step of the creation of the titles -- from the development of the best-in-class engine to the interface and graphics," said Jill Braff, general manager of the Americas, Glu Mobile. "Chess has been Kasparov's life's work, and it's an honor to work with a living legend to create a game that will reflect his expertise and passion for chess."

Garry Kasparov is the highest rated player in the history of chess. His historic exploits include defeating World Champion Anatoly Karpov in 1985 to become the youngest World Champion at the age of 22, and a series of highly publicized matches versus IBM's Deep Blue and subsequent even stronger computer competitors.

"Glu's development and deployment capabilities combined with their passion for delivering engaging games on the mobile platform made them the ideal partner to create this game," said Garry Kasparov. "From the creation of the chess engine to the multiplayer capabilities, Kasparov Chess will give players around the world a way to compete and progress in chess."

Kasparov Chess will be available to consumers on major wireless carriers around the world in early 2007. For more information, visit www.glu.com.

About Glu Mobile

Glu Mobile is a leading developer and global publisher of mobile entertainment. Glu's portfolio of games, ringtones, wallpapers and information applications include both original titles and entertainment based on major brands from Atari, Cartoon Network, Celador International, FOX Sports Interactive, Harrah's, Hasbro, PlayFirst, PopCap Games, Sega and Twentieth Century Fox. Based in San Mateo, California with offices in Hong Kong, London and Manchester, Glu is funded by top venture firms NEA, BA Venture Partners, Granite Global Ventures, Sienna Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners, and by Time Warner Investments. Recently Glu acquired the UK-based mobile entertainment company iFone, adding SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, MONOPOLY, and ATARI Classics to its portfolio. Consumers can find fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile phones wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at www.glu.com.

GLU MOBILE, GLU, and the 'g' character logo are trademarks of Glu Mobile. All other names and trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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