Blackhawk Network Partners with Opengate to Launch New Prepaid Content in South Africa

  Blackhawk Network Partners with Opengate to Launch New Prepaid Content in
                                 South Africa

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, Dec. 13, 2013

LONDON, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackhawk Network , Inc., a leading
global prepaid payment network, today announced its first commercial agreement
to address markets in Africa by bringing iTunes Gift Cards to South Africa
through a partnership with Opengate, a subsidiary of Value ^+ Nettwork, a
leading distributor of third party gift cards.

For Blackhawk Network, the partnership with Opengate is indicative of the
company's interest in emerging markets. It is expected that iTunes Gift Cards
will be distributed nationally in more than 700 stores, across 10 leading
retail chains, including the Walmart division Massmart and its three brands,
Makro, Game and Dion Wired, as well as Pick n Pay, a leading supermarket
chain, electronics retailer Incredible Connection and CNA. The cards will also
be sold through iStore and Digicape, official Apple Premium Resellers (APRs).

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Opengate for our entry into this
exciting market. This launch continues Blackhawk's global expansion and speaks
volumes about future prospects of prepaid products in South Africa," said Jim
Strabo, Managing Director EMEA, Blackhawk Network. "By combining our extensive
network of global content brands with Opengate's distribution networks, we
believe that the South African market will grow into a meaningful region for
all of us."

"The partnership with Blackhawk Network enables Opengate to offer our
distribution partners a growing array of world-leading brands from within the
prepaid digital space, covering music, entertainment, gaming and online
retail," said Anton Maybery, Chief Executive Officer, Opengate. "This launch
of such a desirable prepaid brand is a watershed moment in the fast evolving
local prepaid market. We're proud to be a part of this project, which has
involved multiple distribution channels and further establishes Opengate as a
leading distributor of prepaid products in the region, outside of airtime and
utilities."

Blackhawk and Opengate intend to continue to work together to secure
additional global brands for multi-channel distribution into South Africa.

About Blackhawk Network

Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAWK) is a leading prepaid payment
network that supports the physical and digital distribution of a large range
of prepaid products. Blackhawk Network utilizes proprietary technology to
provide consumers a wide selection of gift cards, prepaid telecom handsets,
airtime cards and general purpose reloadable cards across a global network
totaling over 100,000 stores. Through Blackhawk's digital platform, the
company supports prepaid products and offers across a growing network of
digital distribution partners including leading etailers, financial service
providers, social apps, mobile wallets and other integrated
physical-to-digital channels. Founded in 2001, Blackhawk Network is
headquartered in Pleasanton, California, and offers products and services in
the United States and 18 other countries. For more information please, visit
www.blackhawknetwork.com and www.giftcardmall.com .

About Opengate Technologies

Opengate is a technology business focused on the development of physical and
digital distribution networks for prepaid vouchers. Opengate is focused on
providing major global content and Internet brands seamless access to multiple
South African distribution channels to provide access to new consumer markets
thereby growing revenue. The company has developed highly innovative
technology to manage the distribution and activation process, and partners
with a few global leading organizations, in an effort to remain a leading
service provider within the South African markets.

Opengate was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Johannesburg, South
Africa. For more information please visit: www.opengate.co.za .

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are indicated by
words or phrases such as "guidance," "believes," "expects," "anticipates,"
"estimates," "plans," "continuing," "ongoing," and similar words or phrases
and the negative of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements are
based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and
uncertainties which are, in many instances, beyond our control, and which
could cause actual results to differ materially from those included in or
contemplated or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and
uncertainties include the following: our ability to implement national
distribution in South Africa at expected levels; the consequences to our
business should the anticipated growth of the South African prepaid market not
materialize; our ability to secure additional global brands for the South
African market; our ability to grow at historic rates or at all; the
consequences should we lose one or more of our top distribution partners or
fail to attract new distribution partners to our network or if the financial
performance of our distribution partners' businesses decline; our reliance on
our content providers, the demand for their products and our exclusivity
arrangements with them; our reliance on relationships with card issuing banks;
the consequences to our future growth if our distribution partners fail to
actively and effectively promote our products and services; the requirement
that we comply with applicable laws and regulations, including increasingly
stringent money-laundering rules and regulations; risks related to our ongoing
relationship with Safeway; and other risks and uncertainties described in our
reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the
registration statement filed in connection with our initial public offering
and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation
to update forward-looking statements to reflect developments or information
obtained after the date hereof and disclaim any obligation to do so other than
as may be required by law.

Contact: MWW for Blackhawk Network: blackhawknetwork@mww.com

Website: http://www.blackhawknetwork.com
 
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