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Digital Leisure, Inc. is a Canadian publisher of software. The company formed in 1997 with the vision to acquire, remaster, and publish numerous classic video-based arcade games such as Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp and Space Ace. These three games were among the first to use TV-quality video in an arcade game. The games were created by Rick Dyer and feature spectacular quality animation by Don Bluth, an ex-Disney animator who is also known for his work on All Dogs Go To Heaven, The Land Before Time and An American Tail.

The company acquired the North American rights to publish Tender Loving Care, an interactive movie on DVD-ROM and CD-ROM featuring Academy Award nominee John Hurt in early 1999 which broadened the Digital Leisure line-up and met with commercial success. In mid-2000 the company acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Kingdom II: Shadoan, another Rick Dyer creation, for DVD-ROM, DVD-Video and CD-ROM.

In early 2000, the company added the development and publishing rights of Hologram Time Traveler which was released in the fall of 2000 on multiple formates. Selling over $18,000,000 in its arcade debut, Hologram Time Traveler was the first of two coin-operated arcade games to deliver a simulated 3D hologram experience (the other being Holosseum).

In 2001 the company acquired the development and worldwide publishing rights to the entire American Laser Games catalog of nine laser disc arcade titles including Mad Dog McCree, Crime Patrol and Who Shot Johnny Rock? These titles have been released over the last years on CD-ROM and DVD-Video with Space Pirates and Fast Draw Showdown released in late 2005.

In 2003, Digital Leisure signed a distribution agreement with Empire Interactive to release the "Virtual Music Studio" brand eJay to the North American market. In 2008, Empire Interactive was purchased by Silver Star Holdings and Digital Leisure ceased all distribution of the eJay product line.

In 2007, Digital Leisure in partnership with Bluth Group Ltd, restored and remastered some of its more popular titles to high definition to be played in Blu-ray and HD DVD players.

The company began development on a line of Wii-based titles in the Summer of 2008, and had their first release, The Incredible Maze on Nintendo's WiiWare service October 24, 2008. Digital Leisure followed up this release in November 2008 with Sudoku Challenge!. On March 27, 2009, Digital Leisure released Texas Hold'em Tournament on the WiiWare service and plans to follow up these releases with other WiiWare and disc based titles in the near future.

Digital Leisure Product Line

Optical Disc

DVD/Blu-ray/HD DVD

WiiWare Games

Wii Games

Nintendo DSi / DSiWare Games

American Laser Games

iPhone Games

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