GamePro Magazine Announces Its First Annual Holiday Outreach Program for the Youth of Oakland

OAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 10, 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 its first annual holiday outreach event designed to provide Oakland youth with an educational, informative, and fun-filled day during the holiday season. According to Teen Research Unlimited, GamePro magazine is the most popular male teen video game magazine in North America.

 

GamePro's Holiday Outreach Program will take place on Thursday, December 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. at GamePro's corporate offices in Oakland, California. Mayor Jerry Brown's Charter School: The Oakland Military Institute has been selected as GamePro's non-profit organization partner for this event. The holiday program is designed to give back to the youth community of Oakland by providing them with a behind-the-scenes and educational look into the exciting world of video gaming.

GamePro's staff will conduct demonstrations and discussions on the various business elements of the magazine, including the editorial, design, and production processes, as well as the sales, marketing, and circulation functions. Career path information and educational skills necessary for these job positions will be discussed to promote leadership and analytical abilities as well as to encourage students to pursue their vocational aspirations. Additionally, there will be entertainment in GamePro's very own arcade-equipped with a wide array of arcade machines, chronicling the history of the video game industry.

Each student participant from the Oakland Military Institute will receive a special gift bag with GamePro and Code Vault magazines, GamePro T-shirts and other GamePro merchandise, as well as video games donated by software publishers Eidos Interactive Ltd., Sega of America, Inc., and THQ, Inc.

"As the industry leading independent multiplatform video gaming magazine in North America, GamePro takes its social responsibility to the community and its young people very seriously. This is the first step in a series of GamePro sponsored events to benefit the community at large," said John F. Rousseau, President and CEO of IDG Games Media Group and Publisher of GamePro magazine." In the spirit of the holiday season, GamePro and IDG are giving back to the community of Oakland by providing the students at The Oakland Military Institute with a positive, enriching, and educational look into the exciting world of the video gaming and publishing industries. This is our way of saying thanks to the community of Oakland and providing these students with a first-hand opportunity to develop and foster career goals within the business world."

GamePro recently moved its offices from San Francisco to Oakland. GamePro is the most popular male teen video game magazine in North America (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2002). Since its launch in 1989, the publication delivers video and PC gaming information to over three million readers each month. GamePro is part of the International Data Group Inc. (IDG), the world's leading technology, media, research, and event company.

The local press is encouraged to attend this exciting event. Mayor Jerry Brown and various local sports organizations have been invited. Please R.S.V.P. to Sherry Pedrin, Marketing Manager of GamePro, at (510) 768.2752 or spedrin@gamepro.com.

About IDG Games Media Group

Located in Oakland, CA, 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 three 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, bi-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.

About The Oakland Military Institute

The Oakland Military Institute is a partnership between Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and the Adjutant General of the California National Guard, Major General Paul D. Monroe. The Oakland Military Institute is a college preparatory academy. Cadets develop as scholars, thinkers, and leaders of our local communities, state and nation. Current enrollment of students is in grades 7th and 8th grade, with a long-term goal of 7th through 12th grade by 2006. The School's Motto: "Age Quod Agis", Latin, meaning 'Do Well What Ever You Do', says it best. We aspire to inspire the cadets, families and our community to reach for and touch success.

 

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