The 3DO Company Accelerates European Expansion Plans to Strengthen Worldwide Presence Domark Software Co-Founder Dominic Wheatley to Set Up European Operations



    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3DO Company
 (Nasdaq:   THDO) announced today that Dominic Wheatley has joined the Company as
 Chairman of the Board of 3DO Europe Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The 3DO
 Company.  Wheatley co-founded Domark Software, a British games company, in
 1984.  Domark later became EIDOS Interactive, and Wheatley was CEO in the
 United States.  Currently, Wheatley is a director of Statpro plc, a financial
 software company, and a member of Pi Capital Ltd., a venture capital group
 founded by the well-known venture capitalist Michael Stoddart.
     "The future is very bright and it couldn't be a better time to expand
 3DO's presence in Europe," says Wheatley.  "Trip is the only person and 3DO
 the only company I'd do this for.  After drawing up plans with the executives
 at 3DO's headquarters in California, I agreed to assist them in setting up
 their European operation."
     "We will be exploring opportunities with an eye towards transitioning our
 current European licensing model into direct publishing throughout Europe,"
 said Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO.  "With Dominic's games business
 experience on both sides of the Atlantic and 3DO's impressive product line-up,
 we are now well positioned to build an excellent European publishing
 business."
     In other management news, the Company also announced the appointment of
 Jeff Cleary to Vice President, Marketing.  Cleary hails from Stagecast
 Software, Inc., a Palo Alto-based software product start-up Internet firm
 where he was the Vice President, Marketing and Sales, and member of the Board
 of Directors.  Prior to that, Cleary served as Vice President of Galoob Toys,
 Inc., of South San Francisco, where he managed all aspects of the Boys Toys
 business, including the company's flagship brand, Micro Machines.  Other
 professional experiences include brand management at Del Monte Foods/RJR
 Nabisco in San Francisco.  Cleary holds a BA and Master of Science in Business
 Administration from San Francisco State University.
     In his new role at The 3DO Company, he will be responsible for expanding
 the Army Men(TM) franchise and taking the company's product franchise into the
 mass market.  "Jeff's mass market experience is vital to the next stage of
 growth for our branded products.  He not only understands the interactive
 market, but mass merchandising and the retail channel.  His knowledge of
 e-commerce will only serve to help our brands grow," said Hawkins.
     The 3DO Company, headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., develops,
 publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software for personal
 computers, the Internet and advanced entertainment systems such as the
 PlayStation(R) and Nintendo(R) 64 game consoles.  3DO markets and publishes
 its products worldwide under multiple brand names including New World
 Computing, Team .366 and 3DO.  More information about 3DO's products can be
 found on the Internet at www.3do.com.
     This release contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to
 risks and uncertainties.  Potential risks and uncertainties include, without
 limitation, the Company's ability to develop and ship future products, market
 demand and acceptance for the Company's current and future software products,
 and the consequences of competitive factors in the marketplace.  Further
 information on potential factors which could affect these forward-looking
 statements and the Company's financial results are included in the Company's
 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's
 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, and the
 Company's Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended September 30,
 1998, and December 31, 1998.
     3DO, New World Computing, Team .366, Army Men, and their respective logos,
 are trademarks and/or service marks of The 3DO Company in the U.S. and other
 countries.  New World Computing is a division of The 3DO Company.
     PlayStation and the PlayStation logos are registered trademarks of Sony
 Computer Entertainment Inc.
     Nintendo and Nintendo 64, are registered trademarks of Nintendo of America
 Inc. (C) 1996 Nintendo of America Inc.
 
 

SOURCE The 3DO Company

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