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GT Interactive Software signs id Software's highly anticipated 'QUAKE'; GT to Publish 'Quake' for all gaming hardware systems.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 1996--Expanding its offering of popular titles from id Software, GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ: GTIS) announced today it has secured worldwide publishing rights to one of the industry's most highly anticipated games, id Software's Quake. The agreement includes rights to all gaming hardware systems, including IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers as well as 32- and 64-bit gaming platforms. GT Interactive expects to introduce its first Quake title this fall.

"We believe Quake will be the industry's most significant title this year and we are thrilled to be bringing it to game players worldwide," said Ron Chaimowitz, president and chief executive officer of GT Interactive Software. "Consumers are already clamoring for Quake, and GT Interactive plans to support its launch with a sizable, high profile marketing campaign."

"Quake will do to the gaming world today what DOOM did two years ago--set a new standard for computer gaming," said Jay Wilbur, business manager at id Software. "We also believe it will be distributed to retail by the best team in the business--GT Interactive."

GT Interactive has established a successful relationship with id Software through its publishing and retail distribution agreements for such best-selling titles as Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM II, The Ultimate DOOM, DOOM II for Macintosh and most recently, HEXEN -- Beyond Heretic. id retains shareware version rights as well as rights to full versions of Quake purchased directly from id.

Quake is being heralded by computer game reviewers and enthusiasts as one of the most highly anticipated computer games of all time. The fast-paced, action-filled title, which will feature true 3D environments and texture-mapped polygonal characters, will also use client server technology for multiplayer modem and network play. Quake also features all new core technology--the first time an id Software title has been created with new core technology since its 1993 release, DOOM.

id Software, founded in 1991, is a software development company located in Mesquite, Texas. id's team of talented developers continue to make gaming history by creating and publishing one sensational action game after another. Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, DOOM II, Heretic and HEXEN have created a frenzied demand worldwide and have managed to consistently break shareware and retail sales records at home and abroad.

Headquartered in NY, with offices in London, GT Interactive Software Corp. is a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment, education and reference software for IBM-compatible and Macintosh computers as well as 32- and 64-bit gaming systems. Among GT Interactive's best-selling titles are DOOM II and Mortal Kombat 3. Located at www.gtinteractive.com on the World Wide Web, GT Interactive is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol GTIS.

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Allyne Mills

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