LYCOS LAUNCHES LYCOS GAMES, WITH FIRST-TO-MARKET UNIQUE CONTENT AND PLATFORM FOR INDIE PUBLISHERS
Lycos is Only Portal to Offer Exclusive Access to Game Factory's Albatross18™, Popular Fantasy Golf Game; Enhanced Casual Games Content from SkillJamWALTHAM, Mass.- March 1, 2006 - Lycos, Inc. (www.lycos.com), a leading media destination for creators and consumers of quality content, today announced the launch of Lycos Games, the only game destination on the web to offer best in class skill and casual free games for cash prizes, combined with exclusive games content not available anywhere else. Lycos is the only portal to let gamers play what they want, how they want, with a choice of free, pay-for-play, monthly subscription or download selection, via the Lycos Games casual-gaming solution. Located at http://games.lycos.com, Lycos Games continues to demonstrate Lycos' strategy as a destination for consumers to discover unique content and a platform for independent creators and publishers to market content. Beginning today, Lycos is the first and only portal to offer gamers access to Albatross18: Realms of PangyaTM, an online, multiplayer, golf game users can download and play for free. Mixing traditional elements of classic golf play with the popularity of fantasy role-playing games, Albatross18 provides one of the most unique and exciting online gaming experiences available today. Albatross18 offers a completely new gaming style, giving users the power to decide how much they want to invest, if anything at all, into their game. "The launch of Lycos Games is another step toward providing consumers access to exclusive content like Albatross18, while giving creators a unique platform to showcase and market original games content," said Alfred Tolle, chief executive officer of Lycos. "Lycos has been pretty dormant in the games space over the past three years, but in the coming months, we will continue to partner with global companies, to bring exclusive new games content to the U.S., giving our millions of Lycos users access before anyone else." According to a recent Forrester Research report, North American Video Gaming: Surviving a Midlife Slowdown, published Feb. 21, 2006, PCs are the most popular video game platform. Forrester reports 39 percent of all North American households today use PCs for playing video games, and that number is expected to rise to 44 percent by 2011. Additionally, Forrester states the one aspect of video gaming that has grown significantly over the past year and holds new revenue opportunities is online gaming. "Digital distribution is already starting to play a huge role in the PC games business, with many PC games now available to play or download online," said Brian Kalinowski, chief operating officer of Lycos. "Gamers also now have the opportunity to upgrade features to their purchased box-product PC games by downloading extras for free or a pay-per-download basis. Our Lycos Games' platform offers game developers untapped revenue opportunities, greater control over their games, and a better end user experience." Dedicated Lycos Gamesville users will continue to find the same popular Gamesville offerings, under the umbrella of Lycos Games. To compliment its popular proprietary Gamesville content, Lycos Games now offers traditional tournament-style games for cash and prizes, and a revolutionary level of community features including avatars, leader boards and private gaming leagues from SkillJam, making the Lycos gaming platform one of the most comprehensive casual gaming environments online today. In the coming weeks, Lycos will continue to introduce partners providing additional content and digital media platforms, further enhancing Lycos' strategy gearing itself towards independent publishers.
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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