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Press Release -- March 1st, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Colocation, Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Video

Crytek GmbH Selects Level 3 to Support its Website Content Delivery

Game Development Company Selects Level 3 for CDN and High-Speed IP

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has been selected by Crytek GmbH, one of the world's leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment, to provide content delivery network (CDN) services as well as high-speed IP (HSIP) to support the company's website content delivery needs.

"Our mission at Crytek is to create exceptionally high-quality games, and delivering an unparalleled gamer experience is fundamental to that mission," said Faruk Yerli, managing director at Crytek. "We believe that level of experience should extend to our websites, and with the scalability and flexibility of services Level 3 offers, we're better able to do that."

Level 3's HSIP and CDN services are supporting Crytek's network of websites, including the company's corporate site and microsites for individual games. The Germany-based studio's library of games currently consists of a number of critically acclaimed titles, as well as the soon-to-be-launched Crysis® 2 (www.mycrysis.com), the newest installment of its multi-award winning first-person shooter (FPS) Crysis® series.

Level 3's content delivery solutions allow gaming customers such as Crytek to choose the appropriate blend of IP and CDN distribution, uniquely tailored to their specific needs. This flexibility allows them to utilise Level 3 HSIP connectivity for delivery of dynamic game-related content to end-users, while at the same time leveraging Level 3's CDN platform to deliver the more popular video, patches and other mission-critical rich media. The ability to leverage both IP and CDN content delivery on the Level 3 platform is designed to give customers higher and more responsive levels of performance for both dynamic and static content types.

"What differentiates Level 3 is our ability to provide customers like Crytek with more than just a single product or service," said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. "We're able to work with them to tailor solutions that meet their needs, whatever they may be — whether it's reliable high-speed Internet, a CDN that can handle traffic surges from flash crowds or even colocation or storage services. We have a full portfolio of services available to our gaming customers, and we strive to make it as efficient as possible to do business with us."

The Level 3 network is trusted by some of the biggest names in the entertainment and media business to deliver major events and cannot-fail traffic to a global audience. The company's services for the gaming industry are similarly designed to quickly and reliably deliver high-quality online content to gamers worldwide, allowing developers and publishers to spend more time designing and developing the best games possible and less time thinking about how to deliver them online. For more information about Level 3's Online Gaming Solutions, please visit www.level3.com/index.cfm?pageID=151.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. . Level 3 services are provided by wholly-owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.

About Crytek GmbH

Crytek GmbH ("Crytek") is one of the world's leading independent development studios for interactive entertainment. It is based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) and has additional studios in Kiev (Ukraine), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Seoul (South Korea) and Nottingham (UK). Crytek is dedicated to creating exceptionally high-quality video games for next-generation consoles and PC, powered by their proprietary cutting-edge 3D-Game-Technology, CryENGINE®. Since its foundation in 1999, Crytek has created the multi-award winning PC titles Far Cry®, Crysis® (awarded best PC Game of E3 2007 and Best Technology at the 2008 Game Developers Choice Awards) and Crysis Warhead® (awarded Best Graphics Technology at IGN Best of 2008 Awards).

Crytek and Crysis are registered trademarks or trademarks of Crytek GmbH in the USA, Germany and/or other countries.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to: the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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