GameProWorld.com Names New Editorial Director

SAN FRANCISCO– 03/14/2000 — 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 GameProWorld.com, the world's premier entertainment destination for the Y-Generation — today announced that Wataru Maruyama has been named Editorial Director for GameProWorld.com.

Maruyama is an industry veteran who most recently worked as West Coast Editor for Ziff Davis's Video Games Group with responsibility for bridging content between their print, online, and television properties. In addition, he served as editor in chief of Official PlayStation Magazine, as international editor with Ziff Davis's Video Games Group, and held a number of positions at Tips & Tricks magazine in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, with a degree in Japanese. "As a hardcore gamer and early adopter of new platforms, I'm very eager to utilize my experience to leverage the untapped resources of the Internet and to take GameProWorld to the #1 spot in our market," said Maruyama. "My primary focus will be to strategically expand GameProWorld's quality content to fuel its growing popularity amongst young, opinion-leading teens."

In an Advertising Age article dated January 17, 2000, GameProWorld.com was named the No. 1 gaming Web site for the Generation-Y market. GameProWorld.com provides nearly 1 million unique visitors a month (according to Double-Click, December, 1999) with up-to-the-minute news, reviews, previews, cheats, and codes for the latest multiplatform games, as well as an in-depth hardware section and complete entertainment coverage of music, movies, comics, and more.

"Maruyama's expertise and vision will be great assets to GameProWorld's burgeoning online community of multiplatform gamers," said John F. Rousseau, President/CEO of IDG Games Media Group and Publisher of GamePro magazine. "Under his leadership and direction, our seasoned editorial team will take GameProWorld.com to the next level in its record-setting success. This is the first of many aggressive investments by IDG in people and Internet partners for GameProWorld.com."

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, GameProWorld.com, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper. The IDG Games Media Group is a division of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading information technology media and research company.

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 IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), 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 http://www.idg.com.