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Digital Chocolate Sweeps IGN.com 2006 Game of the Year Awards.

Digital Chocolate Takes Top Two Honors: 'Best Developer' and 'Wireless Game of the Year'

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Digital Chocolate, Inc., a leading publisher of high-quality, original software for mobile phones, won a total of nine 2006 IGN.com Game of the Year awards, including the top two categories, 'Best Developer' and 'Wireless Game of the Year.'

Digital Chocolate bested the world's top publishers with the most wins and nominations across the largest number of categories. Its nine wins were followed by Glu Mobile with three, Gameloft and EA Mobile with two each and I-Play with one.

In total, Digital Chocolate had seven different products nominated 17 times across 13 of 17 possible categories. Its winners were:

* Best Developer - Digital Chocolate

* Wireless Game of the Year - Tornado Mania!

* Best Action Game - Mafia Wars Yakuza

* Best Simulation - Nightclub Empire

* Best Strategy Game - Tornado Mania!

* Most Innovative Design - Tornado Mania!

* Biggest Surprise - Rollercoaster Rush

* Best Alternative Sports Game - Mini Golf Magic

* Best Original Score - Nightclub Empire

Additionally, several other games, including Spelltris and Moto Racing Fever, earned runner-up status for Digital Chocolate in five categories.

Digital Chocolate's biggest winner was Tornado Mania!, which earned a total of six nominations and won three awards, including the coveted 'Wireless Game of the Year.' Earlier last month, Tornado Mania! made IGN.com history as the first mobile game to earn a perfect score from the IGN.com Wireless review team. Tornado Mania! is only the third game in IGN.com history to score a perfect 10 on any video gaming platform. The last time IGN.com gave a rare, perfect 10 score was more than seven years ago, in 1999.

"Digital Chocolate continues to remain focused on delivering fun, original, compelling mobile games. While we pour our passion into all of our games, we could have never imagined we would garner 17 nominations and nine wins. We couldn't be prouder of our team's work in 2006, and are grateful to IGN.com for this recognition," said Trip Hawkins, founder and CEO of Digital Chocolate. "These awards cap off a great year for us as a company, and we are equally excited about the product line-up we have planned for 2007."

The winners were announced last month by IGN.com.

About Digital Chocolate

Digital Chocolate is a leading developer of original, high-quality games and applications for mobile phones. Based in San Mateo, California and founded in 2003 by software gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins, Digital Chocolate offers some of the world's most popular and top-rated games, already earning over 20 Game of the Year Awards and over 50 Editor's Awards by top gaming press. In 2006, it was named Best Games Developer at the Mobile Entertainment Awards, decided by a voting panel of over 300 mobile company executives including leading Operators, OEMs, Publishers and Developers. It was also named a 2006 Fierce 15 emerging wireless company for its innovation around community, networked and social games with products like award-winning MLSN Sports Picks, and newly released AvaPeeps[TM]: FlirtNation. Since its inception, Digital Chocolate has secured relationships with more than 200 carriers and partners, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Cingular, Orange and 3 and its products are available in over 60 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.digitalchocolate.com.
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