LYCOS DEBUTS ALL-NEW BINGO ZONE® TO CELEBRATE GAMESVILLE'S 12TH ANNIVERSARY
Bingo Zone®, one of the web's longest-running free bingo games, now features all-new design and real cash prizes
WALTHAM, Mass. - June 23, 2008 - Lycos, Inc. (http://www.lycos.com), a leading provider of social publishing, media and search services, today announced "the cash is back" in a new version of an old favorite with the all-new Bingo Zone® on Gamesville.com, one of the web's premier destinations for casual, massively multi-player online games and game shows. Wasting YourTime Since 1996™, now in its 12th year, Gamesville is one of the web's friendliest online communities, where users meet and compete to win real cash prizes, for free.
Bingo Zone was the first game launched by Gamesville in 1996, and the web's first "free bingo game for real cash prizes." Bingo Zone uses essentially the same rules as ordinary bingo. Because Bingo Zone is advertiser- supported, it is always free to play, yet pays winners real cash. Prizes start at $1 and increase by $1 periodically until someone wins. Games last roughly six minutes, followed by a brief commercial break, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On its opening day, more than 20 percent of Gamesville members played the new Bingo Zone.
"Bingo Zone was 'casual games' before that term ever existed," said Christopher Cummings, senior product manager for Gamesville. "A truly social online experience, Bingo Zone combines the interactivity of a game show with the popularity of social networking and the community spirit and joy that comes when friends and family win real cash."
In addition to progressive cash prizes, the new Bingo Zone now includes:
* Fresh design with larger cards and clearer patterns for enhanced readability
* Unique bonus game, "Dickie's Bonus Balls", played via in-game chat
* Ability for players to select their own daubers
* Timed commercial breaks featuring both video and display ads
Over the years, Gamesville introduced other popular games with larger jackpot prizes, like Magic 21 and Three-Eyed Bingo. However, players are particularly excited to see the Bingo Zone make its triumphant return with smaller cash prizes and a whole new look. "I love the new Bingo Zone. Thanks for bringing back our old friend, better than ever!" comments ecstatic player Fran1442 in the Gamesville Blog.
Earlier this year, Gamesville introduced Gamesville Gold. For just $24.95 per year, gamers can now play other favorite Gamesville games like Magic 21, Frantic Fish and Three-Eyed Bingo, in a completely ad-free environment with the new Gamesville Gold. Gold members can also chat and play in special members-only rooms, pump up their avatars with exclusive content and get entry to the Gamesville Treasure Room where they can win up to $500 in cash or other prizes daily. Gamesville plans to roll out more exciting features with their Gold plan in the coming months.
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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.
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