FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Minneapolis, MN– March 12, 2010– Activision Publishing (Nasdaq: ATVI), in association with Build-A-Bear Workshop®, Inc., today announced Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii™ and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS™. Both titles will be available in North America on March 23, 2010.
In Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley for Wii™, players can help make the town an even more“pawsome” place! Players choose from 13 characters as their new special friend and decorate their Cub Condo™. Players can participate in a variety of mini games to win medals and meet new friends.
Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville for Nintendo DS allows players to create a new friend, just like in the stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop mascots Bearemy and Pawlette Coufur® guide players through eight different mini games, some of which allow players to construct their own Cub Condo or build their own vehicle.
“Visiting a real life Build-A-Bear Workshop store is great fun for any family,” said David Oxford at Activision Publishing.“We want to bring this world to life on Wii™ and Nintendo DS™, building on the elements that made the brand so popular.”
“We are pleased to be working with Activision to introduce these exciting games for Build-A-Bear Workshop and Nintendo fans,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop.“Build-A-Bear Workshop: Welcome to Hugsville and Build-A-Bear Workshop: Friendship Valley encourage friendship and creativity while allowing families to share in the Build-A-Bear Workshop experience from home.”
Both games have been rated“E” (Everyone) by the ESRB. For more information visit www.activision.com.
About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the leading and only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. Founded in 1997, the company and its franchisees currently operate more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and France, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2007, the interactive experience was enhanced - all the way to CyBEAR TM space - with the launch of buildabearville.com®, the company's virtual world stuffed with fun. The company was named to the 2010 and 2009 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $388.6 million in fiscal 2009. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning Web site at buildabear.com®.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision Publishing maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.
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