IDG Games Media Group Announces the Availability of its 2001 Industry White Paper — Place Your Bets: The Race for 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 19, 2001 — 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, the world's premier online source for gaming, today announced the release of the 2001 Industry White Paper — Place Your Bets: The Race for 2002.


Available now, this valuable report provides in-depth commentary on the state of the electronic entertainment industry, including the upcoming launches of Microsoft's Xbox, Nintendo's GameCube and Game Boy Advance, the PC market, online gaming and more. IDG's Games Media Group's White Paper is a result of over 40 candid interviews with industry experts including developers, publishers, retailers and visionaries, compiled during a critical time in the history of the electronic entertainment industry. In its ninth year of publication, the White Paper is an essential research tool for everyone in the industry and is available just in time for the arrival of the next-generation consoles.

"As the industry gears up for the uptick this holiday season, it is more critical than ever to have this invaluable insight into the minds of the brightest leaders in the industry. As the exclusive publisher of the 2001 Industry White Paper, GamePro provides dedicated gaming research to our marketing partners," said John F. Rousseau, President and CEO of IDG Games Media Group and Publisher of GamePro magazine. "The popularity of games is attracting a mass market appeal, and GamePro readers are at the forefront of the industry as the ultimate early adopters — who will fuel the purchasing of new consoles this holiday season and who will have a huge influence on their peers' purchasing habits."

The 2001 White Paper — Place Your Bets: the Race for 2002, reflects the intense competition facing the next generation of consoles. In order to survive, industry players must be very strategic to capture market share. This year's report provides insight on all the important questions facing the industry including: Can the Sony PlayStation 2 maintain market share in the crowded gaming market? What's the future of the PC market and online gaming? How will Sega fare in its new role as software developer? Will Nintendo's dual console launch be successful? How is Microsoft's entrance as a new player in the gaming market perceived? The White Paper reveals first-hand commentary and predictions on these topics and much more from the most knowledgeable players in the electronic entertainment industry. Additionally, the report includes valuable NPD data on gaming hardware and software sales, distribution, installed base and more.

"As video gaming systems become increasingly more technologically advanced with DVD hardware, Internet capabilities, and lifelike graphics, capturing market share is anybody's game," said Wes Nihei, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of GamePro magazine. "The 2001 holiday season with its new wave of console launches will offer a wide array of gaming hardware and software to suit the needs of every gamer. Consumers will have a multitude of products to choose from."

The 2001 Industry White Paper — Place Your Bets: The Race for 2002, is available online at or by contacting Kristin Shackelford at 415/978-2264, or at

About IDG Games Media Group

Located in San Francisco, CA, IDG Games Media Group is the world's premier interactive entertainment publisher for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and produces GamePro magazine,, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper.

GamePro's audience of 3.4 million opinion-leading readers has established GamePro as the 3rd largest male teen magazine in the country (Teenage Research Unlimited 2001). The magazine is the market leader with a circulation of 500,000 (ABC membership applied for in 2000). 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.

About IDG

IDG Games Media Group is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 300 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 51 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at