ESI Clarifies US Situation



    BURNABY, BC, June 23 /CNW/ - ESI Entertainment Systems Inc. ("ESI")
(TSX:ESY) a leading provider of secure payment processing services to
international e-commerce industries, today clarifies the Company's position
regarding the Deferred Prosecution Agreement ("DPA") entered into with the
United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
("USAO").
    In recent news articles it was incorrectly stated that ESI and its
subsidiary, Citadel Commerce, had pleaded guilty to charges in New York
federal court.
    To clarify, ESI entered a not guilty plea and has maintained its right to
a full trial on the government's charges. Pursuant to the Company's agreement
with the USAO, any prosecution of the Company has been deferred and the
government has agreed to dismiss all charges at the end of 18 months if the
Company complies with the terms of the DPA.
    Pursuant to the DPA dated June 3, 2008 and entered by the New York
federal court on June 5, 2008, the Company agrees to maintain the following
permanent restrictions: (i) ESI will not participate in illegal gambling
transactions involving persons located in the United States; (ii) ESI will
maintain procedures and controls designed to prevent its services from being
used to conduct or process illegal U.S. Gambling Transactions; (iii) ESI
agrees to monitor regularly the effectiveness of its procedures and controls
designed to prevent its services from being used to conduct or process illegal
U.S. Gambling Transactions, and ESI will revise and update its procedures and
controls as necessary to achieve such purpose.

    About ESI Entertainment Systems Inc.

    ESI Entertainment Systems Inc. ("ESI") (TSX: ESY) provides products and
services to the international gaming and payment processing industries through
its three principal subsidiaries, Citadel Commerce Corp., ESI Integrity Inc.
and PlayLine Inc. ESI's products and services, which primarily consist of
payment processing, transaction monitoring and turnkey gaming platforms, are
deployed in the on-line and land based gaming markets.





For further information:

For further information: please contact: ESI Entertainment Systems Inc.,
 Tony Greening, Chief Executive Officer, Telephone: (604) 299-6922, email:
tgreening@esi.ca, Web: www.esi.ca

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