LYCOS SHOWCASES FREE ONLINE INTERACTIVE "GAME SHOW" COMMUNITY WITH DEBUT OF CATCHUP COVERALL™ ON GAMESVILLE.COM
New online "Game Show" features Cash Jackpots, first-ever Massively Multi-Player Online Community Cash Winnings
WALTHAM, Mass. - Dec. 17, 2008 - Lycos, Inc. (http://www.lycos.com), a leading provider of social publishing, media and search services, today announced the debut of the all-new CatchUp CoverAll™ on Gamesville.com, the web's premier destination for free, massively multi-player online game shows. But unlike TV game shows, where only a handful of gamers play while the rest of the world watches, Gamesville game shows let everyone play together in real-time.
CatchUp CoverAll is a free, massively multiplayer online game show where thousands of people can compete in real-time to completely cover one bingo card and take home a cash jackpot worth up to one thousand dollars. CatchUp CoverAll is the first online massively multi-player game to also feature Community Cash Winnings: When one lucky player wins the progressive jackpot, up to four other players with the same "Lucky Ball" as the jackpot winner can each take home a bonus $25 cash prize.
"Bingo is a very social, very communal, massively multi-player experience," said Christopher Cummings, senior product manager for Gamesville. "In CatchUp CoverAll, it's not just about you or one of your friends winning big money. Now, each jackpot win is a chance for the entire community to share in the experience of winning."
Like TV game shows, CatchUp CoverAll is free to play, awards prizes to winners, and is supported by sponsors. However, unlike TV, in Gamesville's CatchUp CoverAll, everyone competes to win real cash. The interactive nature of Gamesville also includes chat functionality allowing gamers to create buddy lists to befriend other gamers who share similar interests in a safe, friendly environment.
Also similar to TV game shows, Gamesville is ad-supported, featuring video ads like traditional TV commercials. But unlike TV ads, Gamesville ads provide the immediate ability to act upon the advertiser's message and track the audience reaction to the message in real-time. "Our Gamesville members are very responsive to the video ads since they appear in between games and they understand that advertising during game breaks makes it possible for us to keep our games free to play," Cummings added. "Advertisers are also attracted to Gamesville due to our reach and frequency and our ability to leverage technology and campaigns from the leading video ad agencies including Tremor, Broadband Enterprises, and Advertising.com." Current Gamesville video ads, featuring top consumer brands, include Hershey's® Kisses®, Mucinex® DM, Airwick®, and Wal-Mart®, among others.
Earlier this year, Gamesville re-launched their classic online game show, Bingo Zone®, and launched a new subscription service called GV Gold. Gamesville's premium service, GV Gold, offers players a variety of ways to win big prizes (including automatic double jackpots in CatchUp CoverAll) and features game play with no ad interruptions, members-only rooms, exclusive avatar costumes and items, and all for $24.95 per year, or less than seven cents per day.
About Lycos, Inc.
Lycos is one of the original and most widely known Internet brands in the world, evolving from one of the first search engines on the web, into a comprehensive network of social media web sites that foster online communities.>Lycos has been a pioneer in intelligent spidering search technology, combining its proprietary technology with other best in class search services to provide a powerful and relevant search experience for its users.
Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving into digital media power house with two major divisions
Lycos, is a network of easy to use community and social sites. Lycos's award-winning products and services include tools for blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. The Lycos Network of sites and services include Lycos.com, Tripod, Angelfire, HotBot, Gamesville, WhoWhere, and Lycos Mail. Integrated, these sites help in bringing people together to interact, conduct commerce, have fun, and experience the best the Internet has to offer, is in our DNA. We offer 40 Local Sites in 120 Languages with a community spanning across 177 Countries. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.
Lycos employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide, including the US, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexico, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden, Serbia, Israel, China, Thailand, Panama, India, Emirates, Russia and Australia, and with representatives or partners in Spain, South Africa, and The Netherlands.www.lycos.com
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