World Gaming To Launch Wireless
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World Gaming To Launch Wireless Black Jack, Slots And Sports

Betting On Pocket PC And Palm OS Platforms

London, United Kingdom - September 6, 2001

World Gaming plc (OTC BB: WGMGY), a global pioneer in I-gaming

technologies, today announced the signing of a software licensing

agreement with Sona Innovations Inc., a leading North American

provider of secure mobile solutions, that will see the introduction

of wireless applications for its most popular games, blackjack,

slots and sportsbook, before the end of the year.

Under the three-year agreement with Sona, World Gaming will be

deploying three games on Microsoft's Pocket PC - expected delivery

November 2001 - and Palm OS(R) - expected delivery December 2001 -

built on the Sona Wireless Platform(TM). Microsoft's Pocket PC and

Palm OS devices were chosen for World Gaming 's first wireless

software suite, due to screen size and capabilities, input method,

power management, network bandwidth, device memory, graphics and

processor power.

'The wireless market is growing exponentially and it represents a

very real opportunity for World Gaming to expand its global

presence - particularly in Europe and Asia where wireless gaming is

more advanced,' said Michael Aymong, CEO of World Gaming. 'Wireless

is an exciting new opportunity for World Gaming - enlarging our

total available market and increasing revenue streams for our

existing products and services.'

World Gaming selected its most popular offerings - blackjack, slot

machine, and sportsbook betting for the initial wireless suite,

with plans to expand in the future. The new products will tap into

the users of online casinos and sports betting, which dominate up

to 73 per cent of the online gaming market.

A recent Datamonitor report projects that revenues from the total

mobile gaming markets in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific will grow

from an estimated $950 million in 2001 to $17.5 billion in 2006.

The international research firm also reports that Asia Pacific is

currently the wireless gaming capital of the world, with 60 million

gamers. In Europe, 41 million currently play games on their mobile

phones or PDAs, compared to 22 million in the US. By 2006, Europe

will have over 150 million wireless gamers, while in the US, the

number will grow to 124 million.

'Data is typically encrypted then decrypted, which has inherent

security risks,' said Jeff Halloran, president and CEO of Sona

Innovations. 'The robust architecture of Sona's technology is very

unique, as it does not use public gateway servers and it rapidly

deploys an animated presentation layer unlike any other wireless

service. Sona's client software establishes a secure session on the

Pocket PC or Palm operating platform and communicates directly with

World Gaming's servers. Through our unique end-to-end secure

approach to deploying applications on handheld devices, we are able

to deliver to World Gaming a wireless solution that provides the

level of presentation, performance and protection the World Gaming

community has come to expect. Being network carrier agnostic, Sona

Innovation's one of a kind solution becomes an immediate global

platform to support World Gaming's secure growth.'

World Gaming evaluated several vendors before choosing Sona

Innovations. Sona was selected based upon the following criteria:

a strong commitment to continued diligent support of World Gaming

products and services, synergies of respective business models,

number of wireless devices supported, ease of implementation, and


'Our new wireless suite of products is a plug-in solution,

requiring no back-end integration, that leverages and extends

existing World Gaming technologies, products and services,' said

David Pasieka, COO of World Gaming. 'Wireless technology is still

in its infancy and continuously evolving. Standards, protocols,

network and client device issues require significant and dedicated

development resources. Sona Innovations' experience successfully

delivering bullet-proof applications for the banking and brokerage

industries has made the company the ideal supplier for World Gaming

and has addressed our concerns over security.'

About World Gaming plc

World Gaming plc is a pioneer and leader in I-gaming software and

e-commerce technologies. World Gaming is an international

developer, licensor and provider of the industry's most

comprehensive offering of online gaming products, including casino,

sports book and pari-mutuel betting. For more information about

World Gaming, visit the company's Web site at

About Sona Innovations Inc.

Sona Innovations Inc. is the market-leading provider of secure

mobile solutions for access to enterprise information and

applications. Sona's success is due to its unique ability to

deliver a rich client experience without compromising performance

or security. The key differentiator that sets Sona apart from its

competitors is the Sona Wireless Platform (SWP) and mobile

application suite. Utilizing this complete set of software tools

and technologies enables an enterprise to rapidly build, deploy and

manage wireless solutions. Sona's Professional Services Group

provides a single source for successfully integrating and deploying

the Sona suite of products. Sona extends the enterprise reach

anytime, anywhere, on any device, driving more effective and

efficient interaction with clients or employees. For more

information about Sona Innovations, visit the company's Web site at

For World Gaming, please contact:

Media Relations:

Heather Grant

Goodman Communications Inc.

416-924-9100, ext. 233

Investor Relations:

Chris Barnes / Réjane Wilson

The Barnes Organization


For Sona Innovations, please contact:

Bill Keating

Director, Business Development

416-866-4100 ext 400

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historical fact are forward-looking statements that are subject to

risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ

materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements,

including, but not limited to, certain delays in testing,

evaluation and deployment of products, fraud occasioned upon

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industry, and other risks detailed from time to time in World

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