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NATHAN'S FAMOUS PROVIDES $5,000 DONATION TO SAN DIEGO FOOD BANK WITH HELP FROM PROFESSIONAL TWITCH STREAMERS

National Hot Dog Brand Takes its Nathan's Duos Program from Virtual to In-Person at Local Community Event to Raise Awareness About Food Insecurity in the San Diego Area

In 2020, Nathan's Famous launched its Twitch gaming program, Nathan's Duos, to match gamers to play side-by-side and create genuine moments of connection through livestreaming events. In its continued efforts to bring people together, the program transformed from online livestreams to a three-part series of in-person events to give back locally this fall.

The series concluded earlier today in San Diego , where Nathan's Famous and JoshOG met with fellow streamer n0thing to recognize the largest hunger-relief organization in the county, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, with a $5,000 donation and a contribution of over 500 Nathan's hot dogs. San Diego County currently has more than 1 million people who are facing nutrition insecurity and are unable to provide three nutritious meals a day for themselves or their household.

Today's contributions will supply more than 10,000 meals to the food bank and help support the organization in its mission to provide nutritious food to people in need, advocate for the hungry, and educate the public about hunger-related issues.

"Due to the current economic climate, many San Diego families are working overtime to make ends meet and rely on the San Diego Food Bank to help provide food assistance," said Bethany Gurecki , senior brand manager for Nathan's Famous at Smithfield Foods. "We're honored to be able to assist the food bank with its incredible work of providing nutritious food to those in need."

In addition to the donation event, JoshOG and n0thing will also participate in a Nathan's Duos livestream, where they will use the platform to speak to their audiences about the importance of spending time in the community and supporting local organizations like the San Diego Food Bank.

"We are immensely grateful to Nathan's Famous for supporting our vital mission in the community. Donations are critical during this holiday season since we are continuing to feed record numbers of families facing food insecurity who are still recovering from the financial impacts of the pandemic and facing the skyrocketing prices of gas, food, and rent due to record-high inflation," said Casey Castillo , CEO for The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. "On behalf of the food bank's staff and family of volunteers, we thank Nathan's Famous for raising awareness about the issue of food insecurity and galvanizing the community to help San Diegans in need."

"I appreciate the San Diego Food Bank and the organizations we visited throughout this program for taking the time to bring us through their facilities and teach us about the awesome work they do in the community every day," said Josh Beaver , known as JoshOG on Twitch. "When I started streaming, I never imagined I'd be able to use my platform to support local communities in a such a meaningful way. These events with Nathan's Famous energize me to continue these important conversations in the future."

"I'm honored to be in a position to support the San Diego Food Bank and help spread the word," said Jordan Gilbert , known as n0thing on Twitch. "Many families in San Diego are struggling right now, so I hope that we can bring some attention to this important issue and inspire more people to get involved, especially during this holiday season."

The three-part event series kicked off earlier this fall with events in Denver and Las Vegas where Nathan's Famous, JoshOG and local streamers presented food banks with donations. The contributions are helping the organizations provide more than 40,000 meals to community members.

To learn more about Nathan's Famous, visit www.nathansfranks.com .

About Nathan's Famous
Nathan's is a Russell 2000 Company that currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and sixteen foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. For additional information about Nathan's please visit our website at www.nathansfamous.com .

About Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly. ® " and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30% across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield ® , Eckrich ® and Nathan's Famous ® , among many others. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com , and connect with us on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and Instagram .

About The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Established in 1977, The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County , providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of programs and partnerships with nearly 500 San Diego County nonprofits, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for donated food. The Food Bank distributed 44 million pounds of food in the Financial Year 2021 – 2022 to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Visit the Food Bank at sandiegofoodbank.org and northcountyfoodbank.org.

About JoshOG
Denver -based Josh "JoshOG" Beaver originally started streaming on Twitch in June of 2014. His original goal was to get 250 followers on his channel; however, his profile quickly grew well beyond what he had expected. He soon accumulated enough subscribers to focus on his Twitch streaming career full time. Josh plays a wide variety of games during his streams and his high levels of both game play and entertaining chat with his fans have produced a loyal group of followers that endearingly call themselves the "ducks." Josh is a loyal brand fan of Nathan's Famous hot dogs and has participated in Nathan's Duos streaming events since the platform's inception in 2019.

About n0thing
Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert is a former professional Counter-Strike player. He began competing internationally in Counter-Strike when he was just a teenager. During his professional career Jordan played for legendary Counter-Strike teams Evil Geniuses, compLexity Gaming, and Cloud 9 before moving to a full-time streaming career. He now focuses on entertaining and teaching techniques to audiences during his Twitch streams, still flexing his competitive edge.

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Nathan's Famous teamed up with Twitch personalities JoshOG and n0thing to present a $5,000 donation to San Diego Food Bank in support of its hunger relief efforts across the region.

San Diego Food Bank

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The Office: Somehow We Manage Mobile Game Available Now

East Side Games Group (TSX: EAGR) (OTC: EAGRF) (" ESGG " or the " Company "), Canada's leading free-to-play mobile game group, in collaboration with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, announced today the worldwide launch of The Office: Somehow We Manage on iOS and Android. The free-to-play idle game is inspired by NBC's critically acclaimed, Emmy® Award-winning U.S. version of The Office which is now streaming exclusively on Peacock.

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"It is hard to fathom the immense growth and engagement that we have seen in our community," said Splinterlands CEO Jesse "Aggroe d" Reich. "Two billion transactions is mind blowing. As we look to improve our frictionless onboarding approach as well as the entertainment value of Splinterlands, we look forward to continuing to introduce Splinterlands to new players who have not yet explored blockchain games."

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KRAFTON Montreal Studio will hire 150 people in the next 3 years to work on a new IP based on a fantasy novel series

KRAFTON Inc., a collective of independent game development studios behind the success of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, is proud to announce today the opening of its first Canadian AAA game studio located in Montreal, Quebec . KRAFTON Montreal Studio will be led by Patrik Méthé, a prominent figure in the gaming industry with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles on some of the world's most renowned franchises.

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Wemade Hosts WEMIX Airdrop Event to Celebrate the Global Launch of MIR M!

WEMIX PLAY, the number 1 blockchain gaming platform by Wemade, is hosting a WEMIX airdrop event until February 28th to celebrate the global launch of its MMORPG, MIR M: Vanguard and Vagabond.

Wemade Hosts WEMIX Airdrop Event to Celebrate the Global Launch of MIR M!

WEMIX PLAY will be giving away 1 WEMIX each to 1 million users who meet the following requirements: Connect game account to PLAY Wallet, reach character level 25, and have a log-in record within one week from the event end date. If the number of participants exceeds 1 million, winners will be selected based on the order of reaching character level 25 first. Winners and more information will be announced later.

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MIR M is also part of an Inter-game Economy that includes the economy of MIR4, the world's most successful blockchain game. Users of games in this Inter-game Economy can reinvest the game tokens they have obtained in each game into other games, thus creating a virtuous cycle.

Please visit the official website for more information on the airdrop event in celebration of the global launch of MIR M. ( https://mirmglobal.com/ )

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An AI Text to Animation tool that generates 3D, animated, interactive characters

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Krikey.ai, an AI tools company, announced an AI Animation partnership with Stability AI today. Krikey's AI Text to Animation tool enables users to use a text phrase to generate avatar animations in minutes. Users can then export a video file or fbx file to their social media account, 3D game engine or film editing software of choice. Krikey's tool also allows users to customize their 3D Avatar and then generate an AI animation for that avatar. The AI Animation tool launches today and is available at www.krikey.ai more Avatar customization features will be launching this quarter.

Usually an animation takes 5+ business days to create, but with Krikey's AI tool it takes minutes to generate. The animations are mobile optimized and also immediately usable in AR. This AI to AR pipeline empowers creators and democratizes content creation. AI can never imbue a character with emotion so the role of artist and animator remains the same in the production pipeline. Creators and developers can visit www.krikey.ai to generate their own AI animations today.

"Stability is always seeking out AI innovators and the Krikey team has put together one of the best tools to democratize creative expression. Now anyone can animate a 3D character with a few words in a text box ," said Emad Mostaque , CEO of Stability AI. "We are excited to support the Krikey AI team and work together to empower the next generation of AI creators and developers."

In Krikey's AI Tool, users will be able to explore and try a set of basic motion prompts including variations on walk, run, jump, wave, climb and more. The website www.krikey.ai has a prompt guide to help guide users enter and experiment in the world of AI Animation. More complex prompts like moonwalk, zombie march and tai chi also lead to engaging results. Generated animations can be seen in the dashboard within your account and users can download video files or fbx files. Within the animation tool, users can also change the camera angle, add or remove shadows, backgrounds, change the animation speed and customize their Avatar before exporting to share with friends.

"This is the beginning of a revolution in how 3D content will be created ," said Ketaki Shriram , Co-founder and CTO at Krikey.ai. "Generative AI Animations have applications in numerous industries including film, gaming, metaverse avatars, social media and cloud computing. AI Animation could be the foundation of the next creator economy."

Krikey's AI Animation tool is available today online at www.krikey.ai . Visit the website to generate your first AI animation!

About Krikey AI

Krikey AI has built a set of developer tools including an AI Text to Animation tool, custom 3D Avatar tool, AR mobile app toolkit and more. The AI tool enables creators to generate animations they can take into any platform for 3D content creation. Krikey has previously partnered with Snapchat, T-Mobile, Google Maps, The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and the National Audubon Society, building custom AR games for each brand partner and reaching 5M+ users. For more information, please visit www.krikey.ai .

About Stability AI

Stability AI builds open source AI tools to provide the foundation to awaken humanity's potential. Their AI tool empowers artists to generate images and 3D models based on text inputs. They have open AI models for image, language, audio, video, 3D models and biology. They are the developer of Stable Diffusion and design and implement solutions for companies to use AI in their production processes. For more information, please visit https://stability.ai/ .

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