IDG Launches The Ultimate Digital Playground

SAN FRANCISCO–Nov. 19, 1997–Hang on to your joysticks: PC World Online today announced the IDG Games Network, a new, five-channel online service dedicated to all things game-related. "Games Network," which will go live on December 1st, will be accessible at http://www.idggames.net .

Hardcore and casual gamers alike will find the latest news, reviews, previews,demos, and tips, as well as community-driven features such as chats and live events, in a techno-rich environment. Unique to the Games Network will be its comprehensive hardware reviews and Test Center results that provide PC and console gamers an expert perspective on the market's hottest joysticks, video boards, PC systems, and other game-related items.

According to PC World Online publisher Thomas Gewecke, Games Network incorporates all of the hugely popular game-related content currently produced by IDG on the Web, including news, reviews, previews, tips and tricks from PC Games Online, GamePro Online, the PC World Online Games Channel, THE WEB Magazine Online, and TipWorld. In addition, a dedicated editorial staff produces daily news, reviews, and other content. With the launch of Games Network, all of IDG's gaming content will be showcased within one dramatic new, easy-to-use design and interface.

"Games Network is hands-down the mother of all game sites," said Gewecke. "Not only is it the primary authority for hard-core game players, it publishes the most continuously updated news and information source for anyone interested in

games. Backed by the content and editorial leadership of PC Games and GamePro, two of the strongest game publication brands in the world, Games Network will be the one-stop source for gaming information online."

"The IDG Games Network continues IDG's online strategy of delivering rich content tailored to the interests of specific audiences around the world," said IDG president Kelly Conlin. "With 200 web sites in more than 50 countries, IDG delivers more content to more buyers than any other computer publisher. We make this network accessible to readers through IDG.net, the online gateway to IDG's global content, and accessible to advertisers, through the Global Web Advertising Network."

"Since Games Network will combine content from all of IDG's electronic gaming sources, including PC Games — which delivers more game reviews each month than any other gaming publication, it will appeal to a very broad group of

entertainment enthusiasts, while being a one-stop shop for advertisers of everything from movies to modems, says Gini Talmadge, President and Publisher of PC Games Publishing. "PC Games is widely recognized as the leading

provider of PC gaming information, and we're excited to expand our coverage through this unique online alliance."

"As the world's largest interactive entertainment information provider for gamers, GamePro Media Group is excited to be a part of this group, presenting IDG's best gaming content on the Web," comments John F. Rousseau, President and CEO of GamePro Media Group. "GamePro brings the true interactive gamer perspective to this dynamic gaming Web site." The site showcases five channels specializing in:

PC Games – Reviews, previews and tips for today's hottest PC games. Features breaking news, authoritative previews, detailed cheats, tips, and walkthroughs, coverage of trade shows and events, and detailed reviews of the newest games, all from the editors of PC Games magazine.

GamePro – GamePro covers it all with reviews, previews, timely industry news, and tons of tips and cheats for video console, PC, arcade, and online games, too. All brought to you by GamePro, the world's largest multiplatform gaming publication.

Game Downloads – The Web's largest library of demos and trial versions of soon-to-be-released games. Also features patches, updates, drivers, screen savers, and other downloadable treats.

Hardware – Reviews and PC World Test Center results of the newest gaming hardware, including video boards, game controllers, sound cards, speakers, monitors, modems, and desktop computer systems.

Community – Chats and discussion threads, online events, and live interviews with the industries leading game authorities, developers and celebrity game players. Launching December 1997.

About PC World Online

PC World Online includes a network of rich content including TipWorld, Dummies Daily, THE WEB Magazine Online, World Shopper, IDG Games Network, Computers Made Easy and PC World Online. PC World Online, ranked consistently among the Top 30 sites in the United States by Jupiter Research's AdSpend Report, reaches more than 1.25 million unique readers per month on the Web (http://www.pcworld.com), America Online (Keyword PCWORLD), and CompuServe (go PCWORLD), and distributes more than 2 million e-mail newsletter subscriptions each business day.

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 online users the largest network of technology specific sites around through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 200 targeted Web sites in 52 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 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.