IDG Launches GameStar Magazine In Germany; IDG Continues To Expand Global Publishing Product Lines

BOSTON, Nov. 18, 1997 — International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading information technology (IT) media, research, and exposition company, strengthened its international leadership position today with the announcement of its newest publication, GameStar Germany.

IDG is the game industry's leading global publisher, with eight publications worldwide including Game Software in Asia/Pacific; Attack Games Sweden, GamePro Greece, GameStar Germany, and Playstation Pro in Europe; Super Game Power Brazil in Latin America; and GamePro Magazine and PC Games in North America.

"GameStar has quickly become the leading publication in its category," said Kelly Conlin, president of IDG. "The publication's rapid success parallels the growth of the Home PC market in Germany, which is forecasted to experience 12% growth in 1998 reaching an installed base of over 10 million PCs."

Published by IDG Entertainment Verlag GmbH, GameStar debuted in September 1997 and has already achieved a circulation 300,000, making it one of the largest gaming publications in the world. The first three issues carried more than 500 editorial pages and 300 advertising pages.

GameStar is geared toward computer game players ages 14 to 28, with the heaviest readership concentration — 38% — in the 15 to 19 age bracket. GameStar editorial content focuses on the environment of PC games with a comprehensive editorial format that includes news, tips, tricks, and reviews of tests and games. The 300,000 game players who read GameStar each month enjoy its clear style and topical news as well as its reliable purchase advice and extensive previews.

IDG is the number one IT publisher in Germany, publishing seven computer titles including the leading Computerwoche, Computer Partner Germany, ComputerPartner VAR MAGAZINE, Global Online Germany, Macwelt and PC Welt and GameStar.

About IDG

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $1.7 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 285 computer newspapers and magazines and 500 book titles in 75 countries, led by the Computerworld, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World and …For Dummies global product lines. IDG offers the largest network of technology specific sites around the world located at http://www.idg.net, which comprises more than 170 targeted Web sites in 45 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 110 computer-related expositions in 35 countries and research arm International Data Corporation (IDC) provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 41 countriesworldwide.

Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.