Launches its Newly Re-Designed Web Site; Multiplatform Video and PC Destination Features Expert Editorial and Community for Gaming Enthusiasts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 2, 2001 – IDG Games Media Group, the world's largest interactive entertainment information provider for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and publisher of GamePro magazine, the world's largest multiplatform gaming magazine, and, the premier online source for multiplatform gaming today announced the official launch of the newly redesigned's newly re-designed site is action packed with exclusive features on the latest games for every gaming platform including the PlayStation 2, Dreamcast, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PC, and handheld systems. also provides its tech savvy, gaming audience with the hottest news, previews and reviews of the best games around as well as around-the-clock coverage of the next generation gaming platforms including Game Cube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance and more.'s enhanced community features enable visitors to post user reviews, chat with fellow gamers, send and receive e-mail, chat with GamePro editors, and even create their very own online persona – complete with character art. Additionally,'s java arcade allows users to play games directly on the site and compete head-to-head with other gamers for top scores and prizes.

Additional components of the site include GamePro Minutes — an exclusive streaming video program on – showcasing daily updates on gaming news and reviews, keeping gamers up-to-date on the latest gaming information. Also, visitors can check out AVIs directly on the site to view the hottest new games live, in motion. Plus, gamers can stream PC game demos with Stream Theory's technology that utilizes broadband connections.

"We've re-designed to meet and exceed the specific needs and wants of our gaming enthusiast audience," said Wataru Maruyama, Editorial Director of, "By incorporating exclusive gaming content and an enhanced online community, gamers will get a truly unique gaming experience on our site."

About IDG Games Media Group:

IDG Games Media Group, located in San Francisco, CA, is the world's largest interactive entertainment provider for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and produces GamePro magazine,, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper.

GamePro's audience of over 3 million opinion-leading readers make GamePro the 4th largest male teen magazine in the country (Teenage Research Unlimited 2000). The magazine is the market leader in circulation with an average circulation of over 500,000 according to BPA. 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.

About IDG:

IDG Games Media Group is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles, and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at