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Since I'm a bit of a Street Fighter geek, I know Mad Catz best in the last few years for their range of tournament arcade sticks for fighting games. These are some really top-notch products used by some of the best players in the genre.

But Mad Catz isn't satisfied with just making video game controllers. It looks like the peripheral maker is ready to jump into the arena against the likes of 2K Games, Ubisoft, and Capcom and be a full-blown video game publisher in its own right. I guess that almost makes sense, but it is a little odd when you think about it.

In any case, Mad Catz has formalized its Xbox 360 Publisher License Agreement, so it looks like that's going to be the console of choice for now. Whether Mad Catz decides to expand onto PS3, Wii, portable platforms, Wii U, and so on remains to be seen. Possibly the first game is the previously announced War Wings: Hell Catz, which kinda looks more like an XBLA title than a retail disc release.

Here comes a new challenger?

Source: Mad Catz

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Mad Catz® Announces Xbox 360 Publisher License Agreement

Mad Catz to Publish Games on Xbox 360

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (AMEX/TSX: MCZ) announced today it has entered into a Publisher License Agreement with Microsoft® Corporation (“Microsoft”). The agreement allows Mad Catz to submit games to be published on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. stated, “The execution of the Xbox 360 Publisher License Agreement marks an important milestone as we pursue our longer term goal of expanding our participation in developing, publishing and distributing games.”