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TMCNet:  Trion World Network Expands with New San Diego Studio; Nicholas 
Beliaeff to Head New Office

[November 08, 2007]

Trion World Network Expands with New San Diego Studio; Nicholas Beliaeff to Head New Office

(Wireless News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)
Trion World Network (Trion) has tapped Nicholas Beliaeff, former
Executive Director of Development and San Diego Studio Manager for Sony
Online Entertainment (SOE), to grow the publisher and developer s San
Diego presence as well as manage game development across all of Trion s
studio locations.

The move to build a new studio in San Diego cements Trion in the top
locations for server-based game development in the U.S. With offices in
the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin and now San Diego, Trion noted, it
is poised to emerge as a premium publisher and developer of
server-based games.

The company said that Nicholas Beliaeff brings with him a nearly twenty
year career in games. Most recently at SOE, he built the console
division and launched new IP, such as Untold Legends and Field
Commander, as well as operating SOE s EverQuest I & II, EverQuest:
Online Adventures, PlanetSide and Vanguard franchises. As the head of
development at SOE San Diego, Beliaeff managed and monitored design and
operational steps for the studio s games. Prior to SOE, Beliaeff had a
storied career in prominent game companies such as Strategic
Simulations, Inc., The 3DO company and New World Computing.

The company also said that Bill Trost, Robert Hill and Brandon Bogle,
all former key players at SOE, will join Trion under Beliaeff s
leadership. Bogle joins the team as Principal Engineer; Trost will
tackle the Lead Game Designer role, while Hill is on-board as Senior
Producer.

Trion continues to build an exceptional studio organization and unique
worldwide publishing network for server-based games and connected
entertainment, Lars Buttler, CEO and co-founder, Trion, said. We are
thrilled to have Nicholas, Bill, Rob, Brandon, and other outstanding
game developers seed our San Diego studio.

Led by Dr. Lars Buttler, former Vice President for Global Online at
Electronic Arts, and Jon Van Caneghem, former founder and CEO of New
World Computing and creator of the Might and Magic and Heroes game
franchises, Trion has assembled a team of gaming and online veterans
with proven success and talent in business, original content
development and technology who have developed and shipped more than 100
original titles.

Recently, Trion announced a 30 million dollar round of funding led by
Rustic Canyon Partners, the LA-based VC firm with strong ties to the
media and entertainment industry. Time Warner, a media and
entertainment company, GE/NBC Universal s Peacock Equity Fund, as well
as Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), a unit of global media
company Bertelsmann AG, a European entertainment group, invested
side-by-side, strengthening Trion s unique ability to bring a new level
of original entertainment to the Broadband era on a global scale.
Existing Trion investors, DCM and Trinity Ventures also participated.

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