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Codemasters launches online gaming portal

The new online gaming portal from software publishers Codemasters is now live, and all visitors who sign up to the newsletter will receive a free introductory game.

The new online gaming portal from software publishers Codemasters is now live, and all visitors who sign up to the newsletter will receive a free introductory game.

Funsta offers a vast selection of games to suit all tastes and is categorised into genres such as puzzle, sports, word, card, action adventure, arcade, mah-jong, casino and kids. There are over 80 free-to-play web browser games, including MSN favourite Bejewelled 2.

Using the Funsta Arcade section, users can purchase and download more than 300 titles in thirteen different categories, with new games added each month. The PC videogames section offers a download and 'try-before-you-buy service covering more than 450 PC titles.

Under the tagline of 'Games for Everyone', Funsta will also feature a range of sports management titles, with tickets to the 2006 World Cup Finals up for grabs for the best player in Fantasy Football Manager 05/06. The company has also partnered with Metaboli to provide a subscription-based Games on Demand service.

For a flat fee of GBP 6.95 per month, gamers can access a range of GoD titles like Colin McRae Rally, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II and many more.

Online gaming portals and Games on Demand continue to grow in popularity. Turner Broadcasting System will be launching its GameTap GoD service in autumn, and are offering various introductory deals to entice customers to sign up.

Codemasters claim that Funsta is the most comprehensive online games portal available, and will be adding more features and games in the coming months. Those wishing to sign up to the newsletter will receive a version of Super Pop and Drop, which is stated as holding a normal retail value of GBP 12.99.

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