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|Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Enters Distribution Services Agreement with Ditan Distribution LLC|
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 9, 2008--Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced that it has entered into an outsourcing agreement with Ditan Distribution LLC (a Cinram company), under which Ditan will assume responsibility for the pick, pack, ship and warehousing functions for Take-Two's publishing and distribution businesses previously handled by Take-Two's Jack of All Games subsidiary. The agreement will allow Jack of All Games, Take-Two's distribution business in Ohio which primarily sells third-party products, to focus on purchasing, sales and service for their customers.
Founded in 1994, Ditan is a leading distribution services provider specializing in distribution of time-sensitive products, and is the largest third-party distribution company serving the interactive entertainment industry. In 2007, Ditan Corporation was acquired by Cinram International Inc., the world's largest provider of pre-recorded multimedia products and related logistics services.
Under the agreement, the shipping, receiving, warehouse management and related functions of Jack of All Games will be outsourced to Ditan, which will also assume the lease and all employees of the Jack of All Games distribution facility in West Chester, Ohio. The agreement is effective immediately.
"Outsourcing non-core elements of our business will further enable us to deliver on our pledge to make Take-Two the most creative, the most innovative and the most efficient company in our industry," said Ben Feder, Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two. "Ditan is a best-in-class distributor with extensive experience serving the interactive entertainment industry. By working together with Ditan, we will enhance the efficiency of Jack of All Games' operations, improve service to our retail channel and third-party customers, and reduce the level of resources required for our distribution operation."
"We are very pleased that Take-Two and Jack of All Games have selected Ditan as their distribution service partner," said Ditan President and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Novotny. "We look forward to contributing to their business by delivering the world-class brand of service that has helped make Ditan's customers successful at retail."
About Take-Two Interactive Software
Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games for the PC, PLAYSTATION(R)3 and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment systems, PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system, Xbox 360(R) and Xbox(R) video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Wii(TM), Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and Game Boy(R) Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play, and distributes software, hardware and accessories in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com. All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.
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