LONDON, England, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - FUN Technologies plc ("FUN"), one of the world's leading online casual gaming providers, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, SkillJam Technologies Corporation ("SkillJam"), has signed an agreement to create a private-label skill-gaming platform for the National Hockey League ("NHL"). SkillJam will develop, operate and support a pay-for-play skill-gaming platform, encompassing over 70 tournament-style online games, for the official website of the NHL, "NHL.com". The SkillJam skill-gaming platform will be customized to the look and feel of NHL.com, and will allow NHL fans to compete against each other for cash and prizes. It is scheduled to go live in early 2006. Operated by NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises, LLC ("NHL ICE"), NHL.com is the official site of the National Hockey League, delivering all the news and information that NHL fans around the world crave. With unique features, official NHL Video, fantasy games, and other interactive and non-interactive features, NHL.com and the NHL.com Network attract nearly 6 million unique visitors per month. SkillJam is a multi-channel provider of skill-gaming technology and solutions. It develops and distributes private-label gaming solutions for a broad network of partner destination sites in the US and abroad, including AOL, MSN's Zone.com and Real Networks. Lorne Abony, CEO of FUN Technologies, said, "We are very pleased to have been selected by the NHL to power its online skill gaming, and believe that its loyal fan base will thrive on the competitive nature of our games. Furthermore, this agreement signifies broader expansion of our distribution of white-label casual gaming platforms to major global brands". Mark Elfenbein, SkillJam's Senior VP, Business Development, added, "SkillJam's newly launched $1 million Skill Games World Championship(TM) will definitely resonate with users of major sports-related sites such as NHL.com". Keith Ritter, President of NHL ICE, commented, "Skill gaming represents a dynamic new addition to the world's premier online source for hockey news and entertainment. SkillJam was our partner of choice, since they represent the best in their field - which is what being in the NHL is all about." About FUN Technologies plc FUN Technologies plc is one of the world's leading online casual gaming providers. FUN's strategy is to provide its cutting-edge, person-to-person gaming systems to top, licensed distribution partners in regulated markets around the world. FUN is a public company, incorporated in England and Wales, and is listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN". About the NHL The National Hockey League, founded November 22, 1917, is the second oldest of the four major team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs based in the United States and Canada. More than 33 percent of NHL players hail from outside North America from 22 different countries. Through the NHL Foundation, the League's charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey's All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all NHL players. For more information on the NHL, fans may log on to NHL.com.
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