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CARY, N.C. (November 16, 2007)– Epic Games, Inc., a developer of award-winning, top-selling PC and console games, today announced that it has been recognized as the Large Company of the Year by the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA). Epic Games received its award at the annual NCTA 21 Awards gala last night at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, N.C. The NCTA 21 Awards are North Carolina’s oldest and most prestigious awards devoted to promoting excellence, innovation and leadership in technology.
The NCTA 21 awards are grouped in five categories: Technology Industry Awards, Stage of Development Awards, Functional Awards, Leadership Awards and Excellence Awards. Epic Games received the large company Stage of Development award for its massive success following the record-breaking launch of its Gears of War game and the continued prosperity of its Unreal series. Epic Games is also known for its commercially available Unreal Engine 3, which is used to develop its own products as well as other best-selling games around the world. Other finalists in the Large Company of the Year category included Accenture, Cisco, Red Hat and Microsoft Charlotte.
“The NCTA 21 Awards recognizes companies and individuals in North Carolina for their diligence and innovation in implementing successful business plans, excelling in the marketplace and their contributions to the community,” said Bob Hawkins, 2007 Chairman of the NCTA Board of Directors.“We look forward to this event every year so we can celebrate not only the finalists but all the companies and individuals who actively promote the growth of knowledge-based jobs in North Carolina.”
“It’s such an honor for a private company with less than a hundred employees to be nominated in a category with four world-class publicly held companies,” said Dr. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games.“To win the award was such a great surprise, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.
“Through innovations in game development, as well as crossing over into film, government and military applications, architectural previsualization and more with our engine software, Epic is positioned to be a lasting contributor to North Carolina’s technology market,” Capps said.
The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) is a not-for-profit membership-driven trade organization and the primary voice of the information technology industry in North Carolina. NCTA is the intersection of leadership and technology, fueling the growth of North Carolina through Executive Engagement, Public Affairs, and a Knowledge Workforce. For more information, visit www.nc-tech.org.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and game engine technology for PC and console. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in their Unreal series and their latest game, Gears of War, broke sales records on Xbox 360 selling more than 3 million copies worldwide in the first ten weeks and awarded overall Game of the Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts&Sciences, Game Developers Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro and many others. Epic is also responsible for the Unreal Engine, which is the underlying technology for a wide range of games including Console Game of the Year winner "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell" by Ubisoft; PC Gamer's Game of the Year "Deus Ex" from Ion Storm/Eidos; "America's Army: Special Forces," by the United States Army; and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (PC) by Electronic Arts. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder, and three-time consecutive winner, of Game Developer magazine's Front Line award for Best Game Engine. Epic Games was also awarded Studio of the Year at the 2006 Spike TV Video Game Awards and Developer of the Year by Official Xbox Magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through Epic's Web site at www.epicgames.com.
Epic, Epic Games, Unreal and Gears of War are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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