Two Xbox Live Games From EidosQuazal, a leading supplier of multiplayer middleware, today announced the signing of a licensing agreement with Eidos plc, one of the worlds leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, to provide the Net-Z™ multiplayer online middleware technology for two upcoming Eidos titles on PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. This agreement marks the start of a longer-term relationship between Eidos and Quazal that will result in the development of further Net-Z-based titles throughout 2004. This deal represents the first in what will be a series of major announcements from Quazal over the coming months. "In developing games both in-house and with third parties, often features such as networking get reinvented for each title, leading to wasted engineering time. We evaluated all the available middleware packages and picked the best one for our needs. With Net-Z, weve found a reusable solution that is flexible enough to transcend genre differences while being cross-platform, and which allows a rapid turnaround on the actual implementation of online features" said Tal Raviv, Director of Technology, Eidos. "Were delighted to initiate this relationship with Eidos and look forward to becoming a close partner that Eidos team members can rely on. At the end of the day, we both work with the same goal in mind - shipping great online titles within defined timeframes and budgets" stated Mike Drummelsmith, Quazals Developer Relations Manager.