TNA Wrestling for handhelds picked up by SouthPeak Interactive

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More On: TNA iMPACT!: Cross the Line
One of the last bits of drama involved with the stunning free fall of one of the great names in gaming (Midway) would be where all of the their IPs would land. Back in October of 2008, Midway (Since purchased by Warner Brothers) decided to shed some of its non-core IPs, which did not include the DC comics and TNA wrestling. Well, flash forward a year and we now know where the TNA Wrestling IP publishing rights for handhelds has landed. SouthPeak Interactive announced yesterday that they have signed a deal to bring TNA iMPACT!: Cross the Line to the PSPgo, PSP and Nintendo DS this winter. This is a bit of a coup for SouthPeak, as TNA is a solid IP to add to their stable.
SouthPeak Enters the Ring to Publish TNA Wrestling Video Games

New Title Based on World’s Fastest Growing Wrestling Organization Coming to Handhelds this Winter

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Nov 30, 2009 SouthPeak Interactive Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: SOPK) announced today it has pinned a new deal to the mat to publish games based on the popular professional wrestling brand Total Nonstop Action and its flagship weekly television program TNA iMPACT!. The new game, TNA iMPACT!: Cross the Line, will be available for PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems (including the PSP®go system) and Nintendo DS™ later this winter.

“Their unique take on professional wrestling has captivated a continually growing fan base of millions of people across the world,” said Richard Iggo, VP of Marketing for SouthPeak. “We look forward to giving those fans the opportunity to go head to head with all their favorite TNA superstars on the go, on either the PSP system or Nintendo DS.”

“We are very excited to partner with SouthPeak to release these games for the handheld systems,” said Steve Allison, Chief Marketing Officer for TNA Entertainment. “They have a great team that instantly impressed us with their passion and determination to work with us on these titles.”

Through an agreement with TNA, SouthPeak now has the rights to publish the handheld titles that were in development by Midway Games. TNA iMPACT! Cross the Line features the organization’s signature six-sided ring, wrestlers old and new for players to grapple with, action in and outside of the ring, wireless head to head play and much more. It is scheduled for release later this winter.

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