Lighthouse already shining for SilverBirch game division

    Latest acquisition to publish new Celtic fantasy from renowned Welsh

    TORONTO, Aug. 12 /CNW/ - Leading Netherlands based software publisher
Lighthouse Interactive, now part of SilverBirch Inc.'s (SVB:TSXV) video game
division, and UK developer Arberth Studios, announced that their dark
mythological Adventure game, Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches (PC) will be
releasing across Europe (excluding: Italy, Greece and Russia) in the next
quarter. Based on the terrifying tales of the Mabinogion, a collection of
eleven prose stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts, Rhiannon is deeply
rooted in Celtic mythology. This chilling first-person, point-and-click
adventure follows the haunting of a lonely teenage girl named Rhiannon, as she
unwillingly enters a world filled with supernatural phenomena, magic, myths
and horror.
    "Arberth Studios has crafted an instant classic with their blend of Welsh
myths and legends told through a truly terrifying storyline," said Erik
Schreuder, President of Lighthouse Interactive. "Rhiannon is sure to bring
chills to gamers across Europe."
    "We're delighted to be working with Lighthouse Interactive," commented
Arberth Studios' Noel Bruton. "The company has a strong history of bringing
games in this genre to European players. We have many Lighthouse titles on our
own playing shelves, so we're proud to see Rhiannon joining such an
illustrious portfolio and being backed by such a capable and enthusiastic
    Wojtek Kawczynski, Senior VP of SilverBirch and GM of the Interactive
Game Division added, "This will be the first 'out of the blocks' publishing
venture for the SilverBirch group of companies, and following our own Studios'
earlier success in developing winning properties for other publishers such as
Atari and Warner Brothers, we are quite thrilled to finally have our own hands
firmly on the consumer end of the supply chain. This will be a promising start
to the Game Division's new fiscal year."

    About Arberth Studios

    Arberth Studios is an independent computer games developer based in rural
West Wales on the Celtic fringe of Britain. The company specializes in the
point-and-click adventure genre, a genre enjoying a strong surge of renewed
popularity. With Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches due for release in 2008,
Arberth Studios already has additional titles on the drawing board.

    About SilverBirch Inc.

    Toronto based SilverBirch Inc. (SVB:TSXV) is a fully integrated
developer, publisher and distributor of high quality interactive media content
and, through its Jambo Mobile division, provides mobile marketing and
direct-to-consumer mobile content. In addition, the company is a
multi-platform video game developer and operates an MMORPG (massive
multiplayer online role-playing game) game called Metin 2 (see
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    About Lighthouse Interactive

    Lighthouse Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of SilverBirch Inc. is
a fast growing publisher of interactive entertainment with offices established
in Toronto and Montreal, Canada; Haarlem, The Netherlands; and London,
England. The company is focused on bringing strong titles to the worldwide
market in a wide array of genres including: RPG, Simulation, Adventure, Action
and Strategy. Staffed with industry veterans, Lighthouse is the right choice
for developers looking to bring their products to a worldwide audience.

    The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy
    or accuracy of the content of this news release.

For further information:

For further information: Derek van der Plaat, Chief Executive Officer,
SilverBirch Inc., Tel: (416) 621-6711 Ext 34, Email:;
Wojtek Kawczynski, SVP, General Manager, SilverBirch Studios Inc., Tel: (416)
621-6711 Ext 36,

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