GameSpy Industries Completes Acquisition of Mplayer

 

GAMESPY NEWS ALERT

For Immediate Release June 18, 2001

For more information, contact: 

Frank Rogan GameSpy Industries 
(949) 798-4235
 [email protected]
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GameSpy Industries Completes Acquisition of
Mplayer Successful Merger of Two Leading Online Games Companies Transforms How
Games Are Made, Marketed and Played GameSpy Industries Successfully
Incorporates Mplayer, Poising the Company for Continued Leadership

IRVINE, Calif., June 18 — GameSpy Industries,
www.gamespyindustries.com <http://www.gamespyindustries.com>, today
announced the completion of its acquisition and integration of the popular
award-winning Mplayer online games service. The company acquired Mplayer in
January of 2001, and has now fully merged staff as well as their respective
online games services, Mplayer.com and GameSpy Arcade (www.gamespyarcade.com
<http://www.gamespyarcade.com>). The acquisition, which cements
GameSpy’s position as a powerhouse in the online games space, allows GameSpy
to revolutionize the games industry at several levels, transforming how games
are made, marketed and played. 

Through the acquisition, GameSpy acquired a
strong management team that is credited with revolutionizing the online games
industry with the decision to move Mplayer from a subscription service to an
advertising-supported business, allowing millions of people around the world
access to FREE games and entertainment over the Internet. 

The combined team, led by Chief Operating
Officer Chris Early, has been instrumental in managing the transition plan for
the various Mplayer properties and relationships, in addition to other assets
of the business. Furthermore, they have put into place new plans for strategic
growth and new products that will make it possible for partner companies to
exploit GameSpy’s many years of experience in the online games industry. 

The combined company has also completed the
merger of its two respective consumer online games services, Mplayer and
GameSpy Arcade. The new and improved service, operating under the GameSpy
Arcade name, is the leading online multiplayer game service, delivering
superior online gaming experiences to millions of gamers around the world,
free of charge. Immensely popular, the new service already boasts more than
one million new software installations.

 In another impressive joint effort, the
combined team launched GameSpy.net, a suite of tools and infrastructure that
enables game developers and publishers, as well as media delivery giants such
as GameSpy partner, RealNetworks, to save development time and money. These
toolkits address common online and multiplayer game development issues —
rather than building these components from scratch, partners can simply rely
on the GameSpy.net affordable, easy-to-integrate, cross-platform toolkits.

 “The Mplayer acquisition cemented our
leadership in the online games industry,” explained Mark Surfas, president
and CEO of GameSpy, “We have combined the creative forces behind both staffs,
and the results have been phenomenal: In six months we have launched an
incredible suite of infrastructure and tools for developers and publishers and
created one of the most popular online games services in the world. These
coups are just the tip of the iceberg — our next six months should be equally
ground-breaking!” 

About GameSpy Industries: Founded in 1995,
GameSpy Industries, Inc., www.gamespyindustries.com, is the leading online
consumer and business services company focused on the expanding games market.
GameSpy’s Consumer Division creates superior game and editorial experiences
for the enjoyment of more than eight million gamers located in over 100
countries worldwide. GameSpy’s Business Services Division operates the
GameSpy.net brand and is the premiere provider of online gaming infrastructure
and technologies to the PC, Mac, and console games industry. It is the
official online infrastructure provider for leading game publishers such as
Activision, Eidos, WizardWorks, Interplay and Gathering of Developers and
Internet media delivery giants like Real Networks. GameSpy’s technologies have
become the industry standard in multiplayer gaming, back-end
systems/infrastructure and cross-platform developer tools for the $8-billion
interactive entertainment industry. GameSpy Industries is the manager of the
gaming world’s data — tracking over 20,000 servers and millions of gamers and
game installations. GameSpy’s advertising network, The Mplayer Entertainment
Network, reaches over 16 million unique monthly visitors, making it one of the
largest advertising properties on the Internet. The network offers advertisers
access to a technology-savvy, affluent, receptive and responsive audience
through attention-grabbing rich media and traditional online advertising
products that typically garner higher response rates than the average rate for
standard banner products. GameSpy Industries is headquartered in Irvine,
California. 
For more information, visit the company’s site at: www.gamespyindustries.com.

INFO — This email includes important GameSpy
news that supplements our news releases. For further information about this
release and other GameSpy news, please contact Frank Rogan at [email protected]
For more information about GameSpy Industries, please visit
http://www.gamespyindustries.com.

ABOUT GAMESPY INDUSTRIES — Founded in 1995,
GameSpy Industries, Inc., is the leading online consumer and business services
company focused on the expanding games market. GameSpy’s Consumer Division
creates superior game and editorial experiences for the enjoyment of more than
five million gamers located in more than 100 countries worldwide. GameSpy’s
Business Services Division operates under the GameSpy.net brand and is the
premiere provider of online gaming infrastructure and technologies to the PC,
Mac and console games industry. It is the official online infrastructure
provider for leading game publishers such as Activision, Eidos, WizardWorks,
Interplay and Gathering of Developers. GameSpy’s technologies have become the
industry standard in multiplayer gaming, back-end systems/infrastructure and
cross-platform developer tools for the $8 billion interactive entertainment
industry. GameSpy Industries is the manager of the gaming world’s data —
tracking over 20,000 servers and millions of gamers and game installations.
GameSpy Industries is headquartered in Irvine, California.