Games.Net Redesign to Bring More Video, Community and Personality to Leading Aggregation Site
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- FEBRUARY 7, 2007 – IDG Entertainment (IDGE), a leading interactive entertainment-information provider, today launched a redesign of Games.Net, its premier games information aggregation website that provides an intelligent aggregation of gaming information from leading websites across the Internet complimented by uniquely entertaining and informative content.
The redesigned homepage includes a new embedded video player that provides larger images, faster streaming efficiencies and the opportunity for aggregation of the best video content from across the web. A new scrolling marquee on the homepage highlights the top seven feature stories aggregated from across the web. An enhanced navigation structure delivers faster access to platform specific content, critic/user reviews and newly aggregated game previews.
A variety of new community tools encourage user submitted content, including comment tools throughout the site that allow engaged consumers to discuss daily topics. Over 200 original video are now available, including community favorite franchises Attack of the Factoids, Hi-Fives, Video Net Tens and Behind the Screens. The vast amount of information available through Games.Net is now accessible via a new search tool powered by Google(R).
The newest member of the editorial team, Dave Rudden — a videogame editor with years of experience who previously headed up gaming coverage for CNET and has appeared in Computer Shopper, New York Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle — will head up Games.Net, overseeing its many established features like Net Tens while introducing new ones; including Conversion Rate and the Week in Reviews, while heading up the site's new blog, Net Get. "Games.Net is in the unique position to be able to see the whole games information market at once," said Dave Rudden, Games.Net editor. "Games.Net users are drawn to the breadth of aggregated information as well as the constant flow of new opinions and ability for community discussions that only blogs can produce."
With a 40% increases in unique visitors over the past 12 months (ComScore WW, Dec '05 to Dec '06) Games.Net continues to be the fastest growing site within the IDG Entertainment Online Network of sites, which also includes GamePro.com, GameProFamily.com, GamerHelp.com, GameDownloads.com, BlogFaction.com, GameRevolution.com, StarWars.com, Modojo.com, WGWorld.com and MegaGames.com.
The newly redesigned site launched today with advertising support from Castrol, Comcast, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, Scion, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, Sony Electronics, Sony Online Entertainment, U.S. Army and others.
About IDG Entertainment
For 18 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, Code Vault magazine, and the IDG Entertainment Industry White Paper. The IDG Entertainment Online Network, the third-largest gaming-information network worldwide with over 7 million unique visitors per month (comScore MMX, 12/06), includes Games.Net, GamePro.com, GameProFamily.com, GamerHelp.com, GameDownloads.com, BlogFaction.com, GameRevolution.com, StarWars.com, Modojo.com, WGWorld.com and MegaGames.com. The portfolio provides synergy between print and digital properties, reaching over 10 million consumers monthly.