Empire Online Releases Guidance - Friday 27th of January 2006

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the Israel Globes: "Online gaming network and gaming marketing services provider Empire Online Ltd. (AIM: EOL) this morning provided a trading update for the fourth quarter of 2005.

"Empire Online issued full year guidance today, and expects to return profits (before non-recurring exceptional items) in excess of $50 million for 2005.

"The company stated that its net gaming revenue for the fourth quarter of 2005 was $22.5 million, compared with $22 million in the fourth quarter of 2004, and $31.3 million in the third quarter of 2005.

"Net gaming revenues across all gaming platforms (excluding Empire Poker) in the fourth quarter of 2005 was $12.4 million, an increase of 41% over the third quarter of 2005.

"Empire Online saw total real money new player signups across all platforms growing by 49,788. The company noted that this performance came in a quarter when Empire Poker's rate of new player signups and active player base was adversely impacted by PartyGaming separating its own 'skin' (the shared graphic user interface and playing platform) from the system shared by Empire Poker.com and by the departure of Coral Eurobet from the shared tables. PartyPoker.com players and Coral Eurobet players no longer play on shared tables with Empire Poker.com players and Party Poker's other skins…"

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