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Sony Online Entertainment Inc. Licenses WiredRed's TeamSound for Real-Time Voice Chat in PlanetSide

WiredRed Technology Brings Instant Voice Interaction to New Massively Multiplayer Online Game PlanetSide

San Diego, California – May 20, 2003 – WiredRed™, a worldwide technology leader in enterprise real-time communications software, today announced that the company has signed a major OEM agreement with Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE). According to the agreement, SOE will leverage TeamSound® by integrating it into PlanetSide™, the world’s first massively multiplayer online action game, to power real-time voice interaction for team play.

TeamSound brings unprecedented player interaction to PlanetSide by providing very low latency rates, high quality sound and total integration of voice into the game itself. PlanetSide will utilize TeamSound to offer a squad-wide voice component that provides players with a better gaming experience through more cohesive team interaction.

According to Russell Shanks, senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Online Entertainment, integrating real-time voice capabilities into PlanetSide is a feature that will add a new dimension to online gaming. PlanetSide launches May 19 and will be available in stores on May 20, 2003,

“PlanetSide offers online gamers around the world sophisticated, compelling gameplay that combines tactical decision, adrenaline-induced action and social involvement,” said Russell Shanks. “WiredRed’s TeamSound brings players the ability to communicate instantly to help create the type of social community without borders that we are known for.”

TeamSound, a scalable, interactive voice conferencing technology based on WiredRed’s Real-Time Routing Architecture™, is currently used by more than one million PC game players worldwide.

“We are very excited that Sony Online Entertainment has chosen TeamSound to be a part of its newest online game PlanetSide,” said WiredRed President and CEO Allen Drennan. “As gaming becomes more and more sophisticated, real-time will become a requirement to not only power the game but to allow players to communicate instantly during play. By eliminating standard VoIP communication delays, players can enjoy a more stimulating multiplayer game experience.”

About Sony Online Entertainment Inc.
Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchise, EverQuest®, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX and St. Louis, MO, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development such as PlanetSide™, Star Wars Galaxies™ and the highly anticipated EverQuest® II. 

About WiredRed 
WiredRed Software is a worldwide technology leader in enterprise real-time communications software. WiredRed’s Real-Time Routing Architecture, a secure, two-way communications platform, powers TeamSound and e/pop, the company’s line of secure instant messaging and real time communications software. The company licenses its software to corporate IT organizations and an expanding network of business partners.

For more information visit WiredRed’s TeamSound web site at or contact the company directly at or 858-715-0970.



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