SAN DIEGO, Jun 01, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (NYSEAmex/TSX: MCZ), a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, announced today that pursuant to an extension of its video/PC game accessories agreement with Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), it will produce officially branded controllers and accessories based on the upcoming Call of Duty(R): Black Ops(TM) videogame by Activision's award-winning developer, Treyarch. The agreement gives Mad Catz exclusive global rights to a range of accessories for the title, which is scheduled for worldwide release on November 9, 2010.
"We are honored to extend our relationship with the world's leading videogame publisher and look forward to working with the team at Treyarch to create distinctive accessories for the next release of one of the most successful franchises in the history of the videogame industry," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "This agreement exemplifies our commitment and capabilities to develop and globally distribute to videogame enthusiasts unique and exciting products, as we continue to grow and diversify what we believe to be the industry's leading portfolio of branded videogame accessories."
"Mad Catz has a history of delivering for the Call of Duty brand, which is why we are excited to work with them again this year on what we expect will be one of the biggest videogame releases of all time," said Dave Anderson, Activision's Head of Business Development. "I'm sure that fans of the Call of Duty franchise will be as excited as we are when they see what Treyarch and Mad Catz have planned for this fall's release."
About Mad Catz Interactive, Inc.
Mad Catz is a leading global provider of innovative products for the interactive entertainment industry. Mad Catz develops and markets accessories for videogame systems and PCs under its Mad Catz (casual gaming), Saitek (simulation), Cyborg (pro gaming) and Eclipse (home and office) and TRITTON (audio) brands. Mad Catz also operates e-commerce and content websites for videogame and PC products under its GameShark brand, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary earphones under its AirDrives brand, and publishes and distributes video/PC games. Mad Catz distributes its products through most of the leading retailers offering interactive entertainment products and has offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For additional information please go to http://www.madcatz.com, as well as http://www.store.gameshark.com, http://www.saitek.com, http://www.cyborggaming.com, http://www.eclipsetouch.com, http://www.trittontechnologies.com, http://www.gameshark.com and http://www.airdrives.com.
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