GamePro Announces the Launch of Its Exclusive Retail Newsletter-an Informative Resource on the Hottest News and Research in the Electronic Entertainment Industry.

OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 8, 2002 – IDG Games Media Group, the world's largest interactive entertainment information provider and publisher of GamePro magazine, the world's largest independent multiplatform gaming magazine, today announced the launch of its retail newsletter entitled GamePro Report: The Cutting Edge Resource for Video and PC Games.

 

Launching today, the monthly GamePro Report newsletter is targeted at the entire retail community and features previews of the hottest upcoming games, authoritative video game insight, industry research, and trends-including game buyers' shopping habits, audience demographics, and much more. Future newsletters will also include excerpts from interviews with industry experts on the state of the video gaming and retail markets.

The GamePro Report will also provide up-to-the-minute gaming news and events from GamePro.com's ProNews Channel, which features Japanese gaming research through our exclusive partnership with Famitsu, the leading Japanese gaming news source. This information is vital to predicting trends across the industry-including market trends and cutting-edge news direct from Japan-providing retailers with a global view of the electronic entertainment market.

IDG Games Media Group publishes GamePro magazine, Code Vault magazine, and the annual Industry White Paper and produces GamePro.com. The company is the most authoritative voice on the electronic entertainment industry, providing marketers with a strong reach of active game buyers with substantial disposable income. GamePro's audience consists largely of teens who are responsible for $86 billion** in purchasing power on a variety of consumer products. The ultimate evangelists to the mass market, GamePro's readers represent the trendsetters and early adopters who are responsible for influencing their peers' purchasing decisions.

"We are launching the GamePro Report as a service to ALL retailers everywhere as GamePro is strongly committed to the success of the entire retail community. We value our relationship with this sector and are working closely with retailers to gear up for the 2003 calendar year," said John F. Rousseau, president and CEO of IDG Games Media Group and publisher of GamePro magazine. "The GamePro brand is synonymous with authoritative industry news and continues to be the industry leader when it comes to proactive resources and initiatives in the industry."

To sign up to receive the GamePro Report, please contact Sherry Pedrin, marketing manager of GamePro, at spedrin@gamepro.com or 510-768-2752. The newsletter is provided free of charge as a resource to registered retailers and is available in hard copy or electronically.

About IDG Games Media Group

Located in Oakland, Calif., IDG Games Media Group is the world's premier interactive entertainment publisher for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and produces GamePro magazine, GamePro.com, Code Vault, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper.

GamePro's audience of over 3 million opinion-leading readers has established GamePro as the most popular video game magazine amongst male teens in North America (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2002). The magazine is the industry leader with a circulation of 529,043-more than any other independent multiplatform video gaming magazine (ABC, 2002). GamePro delivers cutting-edge multiplatform gaming previews, reviews, strategies, cheats, and codes. The magazine's seasoned editorial staff provides its male teen audience with an authoritative source for video and personal computer gaming information.

GamePro.com (www.gamepro.com) is the premier online source for gaming information on the Internet. The site delivers around-the-clock coverage of game reviews, previews, and cheats for every major gaming platform. GamePro.com is highly interactive with many popular features, including an online community for gamers that enables its visitors to post user reviews, chat with GamePro's editors and fellow gamers, create online personas, and more.

Code Vault is GamePro's exclusive, monthly publication of video game cheats, tricks, and secrets for all major gaming platforms. All Code Vault codes are GamePro-tested and guaranteed to work. The publication is action-packed with over 3,000 codes per issue and is available on newsstands nationwide.

About IDG

GamePro is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers, and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted websites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com

Source: *IDC, 2001; **TRU, 2002