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Runes of Magic celebrates first anniversary

The online role playing game surpasses three million player mark

Berlin, 19th March 2010: Right on time for its first birthday on 19th March 2010, the free to play online role play game Runes of Magic is able to announce the reaching of another milestone: Three million registered users in the USA and Europe are now exploring the game world Taborea.

Players on 23 servers in six different language versions have to date experienced more than 500 million quests in the fantasy world. To facilitate this the Berlin-based localisation team has translated over 4.5 million words for the European languages alone. Whether in the UK, Spain, France, Poland, Germany or the US− the desire for a communal gaming experience is the same in every country. Thus players join together worldwide to form guilds, build their own castles and go into battle against other player groups, or overcome sinister boss opponents. Over 7.5 million of these dangerous creatures have been defeated in one year by brave adventurers using their united powers. The Demon Lord– the powerful top villain of the first two chapters– has had his wings clipped just 24 times.

On the three million accounts for Runes of Magic fans have created approximately six million characters. Attempts by so-called 'Gold Sellers' to endanger the game economy were dealt with severely by Frogster's Support department: in the past four months alone, more than 15,600 accounts of illegal sellers have been permanently excluded from the game.

A video which is being released today presents a roundup of the Runes of Magic feature palette which has been regularly extended with free updates on a monthly cycle. The video and more information about the one year birthday festivities can be found on the official website: www.runesofmagic.com/en/one-year-anniversary.html. Among other things, for today only, there is a free pet for all players who log on.

About Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic has redefined the standard for free-to-play MMORPGs in terms of gameplay, fun and quality. The online role-playing game has an exciting, multi-layered story, driven by more than 2,300 quests set in the fantasy world of Taborea. To date, Runes of Magic has attracted more than 3 million registered users, making it one of the most successful free-to-play titles on the market, and a must play game for all fans of RPGs and MMO games.

Runes of Magic features a unique dual class system enabling players to combine one of eight primary classes with a secondary class. The result is a deep player experience that expands upon the game's broad customization offering. There are two different playable races, Elves and Humans, from which players can choose. Each dual class combination produces its own powerful elite skills. Another popular feature is the opportunity to furnish your own virtual home, and guilds can construct guild castles, which can be expanded with additional buildings. Thanks to comprehensive crafting and reputation systems, gripping PvP features, deep customization and demanding dungeons, Runes of Magic has something for everyone. Taiwanese developer Runewaker regularly expands the game world with new free content and challenges.

Runes of Magic Features

- Dual class system with eight classes and unique elite skills

- Individual furnishing of player housing and guild castles

- In-depth story experienced through over 2,300 quests laced with epic quest-lines

- Gripping Player-versus-Player duels in arenas and on the battlefield

- Easy travel using portal stones and a wide range of mountable animals

- Challenging boss-combat in dangerous and extensive dungeons with up to 36 simultaneous players

- Entertaining mini-games offering variety to the hero's routine

- Dynamic crafting and customization of items

- Regular comprehensive free updates with new game content

- Free-to-Play: No monthly subscriptions, free to download the game

About Runewaker Entertainment Ltd.

Runewaker Entertainment was founded in August of 2004, with headquarters located in Taichung, Taiwan. The founding members were all very experienced in the field and decided to come together to pursue their dream. Currently Runewaker employs over 100 highly skilled programmers, designers and artists and is constantly expanding. Runewaker specializes in making massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG). The company has built their own engine from scratch which rivals some of the best available on the market. Runewaker is constantly producing more content for Runes of Magic. Internet: www.runewaker.com

About Frogster

The Berlin based Frogster Interactive Pictures AG , listed on the stock exchange, has focused on the growth sector of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) at an early stage already. The company licenses, markets and operates its virtual worlds for millions of players in Europe, Asia and North America. In Europe its subsidiary Frogster Online Gaming GmbH is taking care of the operating business of the Frogster group. The Korean joint venture Frogster Asia Co. Ltd. based in Seoul develops new MMO games with an internal team and markets virtual worlds in Asia. Frogster America Inc. based in San Francisco, USA, markets and operates MMO games in North America. At their offices in Berlin, Seoul and San Francisco, the Frogster group employs more than 150 staff members in the fields of game development, licensing, IT, web design and web development, product management, marketing, PR, web publishing, community management, customer support, hosting, sales, billing and finance/administration. In the year 2008, Frogster won the "Landmark in the Land of Ideas", a competition under the patronage of the German President Dr. Horst K?hler. Additional information is available at: www.frogster.de

Media Contact

(Europe)

Frogster Online Gaming GmbH

Philipp Senkbeil

PR Manager

Hardenbergstra?e 9A

D-10623 Berlin

T +49 (0) 30 - 28 47 01 -42

F +49 (0) 30 - 28 47 01 -11

E psenkbeil@frogster.de

W www.frogster-online.com

(North America)

Frogster America Inc.

Bryan Davies

Bryan.davies@frogster-america.com

T +49 (0) 30 - 28 47 01 -42

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E psenkbeil@frogster.de

W www.frogster-online.com

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