Games.net Achieves Record Growth in First Year With Intelligent Aggregation and Original Video Content
OAKLAND, CA – MAY 9, 2006 – IDG Entertainment (IDGE), the world's leading interactive entertainment-information provider, announced today that traffic on Games.net, its premier games information aggregation website, has grown faster than any site in the IDG Entertainment Online Network in the year since it was launched at E3 2005.
The growth of Games.net has helped to secure IDG Entertainment Online Network's position as the third largest games information network worldwide, ahead of both Ziff Davis Media's 1UP Network and Future Publishing's GamesRadar.com (comScore/MMX March 2006). Games.net attributes its growth to an intelligent aggregation of gaming information from leading websites across the Internet complimented by uniquely entertaining and informative content.
"The success of Games.net in its first year has shown that game enthusiasts value a single source for their games information," said IDGE President and CEO Daniel Orum. "By providing a single aggregated critic's review score, along with user reviews, game screens, downloadable demos and trailers, cheats, FAQs, and Wikis, Games.net can provide gamers with all the information they need to make an informed purchase decision."
In the past six months Games.net has produced more than 30 original videos that capture the humor and attitude of today's games. These videos have become popular amongst both the gaming and advertising communities, attracting a wide variety of sponsors, including Sony Computer Entertainment America(R), THQ(R), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner Home Video, Sony Pictures Entertainment and G4(R).
Games.net recently expanded its editorial staff by hiring games industry veteran George Jones as Executive Producer Online. Over the past 14 years, Jones has held executive editorial positions with CNet Network, Ziff Davis Publishing, and Future Publishing, and he most recently headed his own games development consulting firm.
"This is a great time for Games.net and I see no end to the opportunities for growth," said Jones. "The unique personality and voice of our online network offers gamers an alternative to the corporate gaming sites and has attracted a large following amongst the gaming community who are looking for a site they can relate to more like a trusted friend."
IDGE also recently announced an exclusive e-commerce agreement with Best Buy(R) that will include dynamic "Buy It" buttons — an industry first — providing users with convenient links to Best Buy's e-commerce site from product pages across its network of websites.
About IDG Entertainment
For over 17 years, IDG Entertainment (IDGE) has led the industry by providing a portfolio of highly read multiplatform gaming magazines and web sites. Print products include GamePro magazine, Star Wars Insider magazine, Code Vault magazine, and the IDG Entertainment Industry White Paper. The IDG Entertainment Online Network, the third-largest gaming-information network worldwide with over 9 million unique visitors per month (comScore MMX, 12/05), includes Games.net, GamePro.com, GamerHelp.com, GameDownloads.com, BlogFaction.com, StarWars.com, Modojo.com, Savvy.com, WGWorld.com and MegaGames.com. The portfolio provides synergy between print and digital properties, reaching over 12 million consumers monthly.
Information on all of IDGE's properties is available at idg-entertainment.com.