GamePro Magazine Announces Its Ultimate Holiday Sweepstakes!

OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 4, 2002 – 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, today announced GamePro's Ultimate Holiday Sweepstakes with over $12,000 in video gaming prizes!


Launching today on, GamePro's Ultimate Holiday Sweepstakes is giving away over 170 of the hottest video games, hardware, accessories, and action figures to its monthly audience of over 3 million readers. The sweepstakes features prizes from GamePro's marketing partners, including the coveted Grand Prize Package consisting of a PlayStation® 2, GameCubeTM, XboxTM, Steel Battalion controller, eight console controllers, sixteen games, gaming speakers, GamePro action figures, and more! The Grand Prize alone is valued at over $2,400 and will be awarded to one lucky winner. To enter, visit

The sweepstakes runs until December 31, 2002 and is being promoted in GamePro magazine's January 2003 issue, Code Vault magazine's November/December 2002 issue-both on newsstands now-and on Additionally, the sweepstakes is being promoted in KB Toys circulars during the week of November 7-16, 2002.

"Each year, GamePro holds this spectacular holiday sweepstakes in appreciation of our over 3 million readers as an opportunity for our dedicated marketing partners to showcase their holiday products to the most powerful male teen video game purchasers in the country. This year's sweepstakes is truly the biggest one yet with a ton of the hottest gaming products and is the 'must enter' contest for video gamers everywhere!" said John F. Rousseau, President and CEO of IDG Games Media Group and Publisher of GamePro magazine. "It's these kind of exclusive blow-out promotions that help make GamePro the most popular male teen video game magazine in North America!"*

Marketing partners sponsoring this year's sweepstakes include Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., Activision , Capcom , Electronic Arts , InterAct Accessories Inc., JoyRide Studios, Logitech®, Metro Media, Monster Cable , Sega® of America, THQ, Inc., and Titus Interactive.

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,, 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 male teen video game magazine in North America (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2002). The magazine is the industry leader with a circulation of 529,000-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. ( 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. 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 5,000 codes per issue and is available on newsstands nationwide.

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 (, 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

About ABC:

The Audit Bureau of Circulations is a not-for-profit organization established in 1914. ABC is the leading third-party auditing organization in the U.S., and its publication audits are conducted in accordance with rules established by its Board of Directors. These rules govern not only how audits are conducted, but also how publishers report their circulation figures. ABC's Board of Directors is comprised of 34 members, including representatives from the publishing and advertising communities. ABC strives to conduct audits that set the industry standard for integrity, objectivity, and accuracy, and uses state-of-the-art techniques to produce and disseminate ABC-audited information.



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Source: * TRU, 2002