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Decipher Inks Expanded License with Viacom Consumer Products

Saturday, November 13, 1999 - Decipher Inc. of Norfolk, Virginia announced today that it has signed a broad, long-term agreement with Viacom Consumer Products to expand its license for the Star Trek Customizable Card Game.

Among other things, the new agreement grants Decipher rights to all the live-action Star Trek properties missing from its previous license. Such properties include the Original Series, the first seven Star Trek feature films. Decipher also gets rights to a host of ancillary and support products, including the long-awaited ability to launch a graphic "Palace" chat site in support of the games. All Decipher's existing rights, including those in The Next Generation™, Deep Space Nine™, Voyager™ etc. are extended through the new contract term.

The new deal includes the right for Decipher to develop on-line playable versions of its Star Trek Customizable Card Games. Decipher will host the playable site and expect the new product to be available within a year.

Warren Holland, Chairman & CEO of Decipher Inc. stated,

"We are enormously pleased to be expanding our successful relationship with Viacom Consumer Products. We now have over five wonderful years of Star Trek Customizable Card Games ahead of us. This is truly a momentous day for our customers and fans. Not only are all the live-action Star Trek properties now available to our designers, but Star Trek will be the first of our card games to go digital."

Decipher has been thrilling Star Trek fans and gamers alike with great card games for years," said Terri Helton, senior vice president of Viacom Consumer products. "We are excited to expand our relationship with Decipher, the premier collectible card game company in the industry."

Viacom Consumer Products merchandises properties on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television and Viacom Productions as well as third party properties. Viacom Consumer Products, a unit of Viacom Entertainment Group, is a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. Star Trek™, ® and ©1999 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Star Trek and all related marks are trademarks of Paramount Pictures.

Founded in 1983, Decipher Inc. is a worldwide leader in the collectible card game industry. Decipher is dedicated to The Art of Great Games®. The company's product lines include the Star Trek™ Customizable Card Game, Star Wars Customizable Card Game, Young Jedi™ Collectible Card Game and more. In addition, Decipher's Specialty Products Group produces leading games such as How to Host a Murder®, How to Host a Teen Mystery™, Girl Power™, Pente™, Scratchees™, Rumors™ and more. Visit for additional product and tournament information, news, contests and interactive features.

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