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Ozura, KRU and DiGi Bring Superheroism with Style to Mobiles with Cicak-Man Game

Singapore, December 29, 2006 – Ozura Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextnation Communication and a leading international publisher and developer of mobile entertainment recently launched the Cicak-Man Mobile Game in an integrated media collaboration with KRU and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd (DiGi). In the wake of the launch, this tournament based competitive game has been gradually but steadily building up to determine the Grand Prize Winner who will win a trip for two to Disneyland, Hong Kong.

Cicak-Man is the dawn of Malaysias very first Action Hero Movie produced by KRU and presented by DiGi. The movie depicts the lives of two best friends where one of them came to inherit superpowers accidentally. The screenplay revolves around how Hairi, or Cicak-Man copes with the transition from normal everyday life to superhero stardom.

The Cicak-Man Mobile Game, offered exclusively to DiGi customers, captures the action-comedy essence of the movie into an enriching mobile gaming experience. Characters from the movie are featured in the gameplay, where each character possesses their own distinctive form of defense and attacking skills. For instance, Danny a lab technician has a unique attacking skill called the ‘Giant Syringe Poke and can attack his opponents by tossing test tubes. Another notorious character is Professor Klon, who has a history of illegal VCD peddling and can attack his enemies by using the ‘Multiple Illegal VCD Throws.

This is yet another exciting venture for Ozura to be a part of Malaysias first action hero movie. We would like to thank KRU and DiGi for giving us the opportunity to apply our creative technology in integrating the diverse worlds of movie and mobile industry, said Lion Peh, Chief Executive Officer of Ozura Mobile who is also a producer of the game. Both movie and game are developed and produced locally, so the ideal alliance of KRU and Ozura ignites new levels of creativity not only in Malaysia but in the global entertainment industry.

With the creative driving force of Ozura, we are able to bring the characters of the movie to life in the game. Each prominent character in the movie similarly has a unique identity in the game so players can opt to take on a vast range of personalities. In line with the traits of comic superhero stereotypes, the core mechanics of the game stresses on the craft of combat and unique skill moves of the individual players, said Peh.

Yohani Yusof, DiGis Head of Segment Marketing said, Our sponsorship of Cicak-Man allows us to reward our customers with special privileges and opportunities to participate in events associated with this much lauded movie. We are always delighted to support efforts to give our customers different experiences, which extends the entertainment and enjoyment beyond the movie. The Cicak-Man Mobile Game is an exciting platform to engage Malaysians, especially DiGi customers, in a fun and interactive way.

In addition to the game, players can compete with one another by uploading their scores to an online tournament scoreboard. Eight weekly prizes of Samsung SGH-E690 mobile phones will be awarded to players with the highest weekly scores from now until 31st January 2007. Additionally, the player with the highest score within this eight-week tournament period will walk away with the grand prize of two return tickets to Disneyland, Hong Kong. There is no limit to the number of score uploads, thus allowing gamers unlimited number of tries to obtain the highest ranking on the scoreboard.

As a pioneer provider of mobile gaming community platforms in Malaysia, we have always been in the forefront of developing new technologies to enhance mobile gameplay and the whole mobile gaming experience, added Peh.

Powered by Ozuras proprietary mobile gaming platform – FunlogiX™, the Cicak-Man mobile game is compatible with more than 450 different mobile handsets. The mobile game is supported by a suite of mobile content that includes wallpapers and ringtones and is backed by a comprehensive marketing campaign sponsored by DiGi.

DiGi users are able to download the game by sending G<space>CICAK to 2000 and participate in the Cicak-Man online game tournament until 31st January 2007. More information will be available on DiGis website http://www.digi.com.my and WAP site.

About Ozura Mobile

Ozura is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextnation Communication and is a leading international developer and publisher of mobile games. Ozura is also a specialist in the development and provision of mobile gaming engines (platform). The company creates games for mobile phones based on J2ME, BREW and Symbian platforms. Ozuras games are available internationally in more than 130 countries. It is expected that the growth of mobile phones supporting these platforms will exceed one billion units worldwide in 2008. For more information, visit http://www.ozura.com

About DiGi

DiGi is Malaysias fastest growing mobile operator focusing on innovations, simplicity and best value to enrich lifestyles through DiGi Prepaid, DiGi Postpaid and DiGi Business. It constantly develops exciting mobile broadband solutions to impact the future.

About Cicak-Man the movie

Cicak-Man is Malaysias first action-hero genre film, with a strong dose of comedy from a cast featuring a collection of the most popular actors & actresses in the industry.

Shot on true-HD, and with extensive use of CGI, including 40% of the content shot on green-screen, CICAKMAN promises the viewers a unique and memorable film. Based in the make-believe city of Metrofulus, CICAKMAN evolves around the lives of two best friends, and how they cope with the superpowers our unlikely hero inherits by accident. The elaborate production of the movie featured the involvement of a whole compendium of production components, including Motion Control, Costume Design, Stunts & Rigging, Scenic Painting, set design and a host of other eye-opening elements, as well as 3D animation, compositing and a rousing music scores.

About Nextnation Communication

Nextnation Communication a mobile application service provider enables businesses and individuals to access connect and transact across today's complex global mobile networks. Its core product MINDCEP™ Platform is a mobile multimedia communication platform facilitating and enabling mobile data transmission worldwide using WAP MMS SMS and Java technologies. MINDCEP™ is connected to some of the largest premium messaging networks in the world in order to offer a broad range of services from content distribution to mobile m-commerce and place the company at the forefront of this rapidly growing messaging market. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.nextnationnet.com.

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