BRISBANE, Calif. - Sept. 8, 2005 - IGN Entertainment's GameSpy, the supplier of multiplayer technology used in more than 300 PC and "PlayStation2" game titles, has joined Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s (SCEI) tools and middleware license program, making its in-game technology available for "PSP" game title developers.
GameSpy technology lets game developers add sophisticated online gaming features to their "PSP" game titles just as they have with the PC and "PlayStation2" platforms
-- and with the same confidence.
GameSpy technology can significantly extend the capabilities of online game titles by taking advantage of the interconnectivity provided by WiFi hotspots. Using GameSpy's solution, game developers can give their players freedom to find and compete with each other anywhere in the world via a WiFi hotspot - home, coffee shop, office - just as conveniently as from a connected PC or console.
GameSpy's tools open a world of possibilities for "PSP" game title designers. Some of the most compelling elements of PC and console games -- such as leader boards ranking a player's accomplishments among others, awards systems that reward skills and frequent play as well as team-based competition and tournaments -- are now as easy to implement on game titles for "PSP" as on games for GameSpy-connected PCs and consoles. In addition, GameSpy's Professional Services Organization is now able to assist designers with development of online titles for "PSP" and with implementation, including server-based real-time game processing.
"New online elements in console and PC games like Battlefield 2 are increasing hours of game play and attracting more players," said Mark Stieglitz, Vice President and General Manager of IGN Entertainment's Publisher Services. "Now we are able to help add functions such as persistence and team play to the online game titles for "PSP". Plus, developers are familiar with our technology already, having used it to create more than 300 PC and "PlayStation2 games, so they should be able to adapt quickly to this new tool."
The tools use the familiar GameSpy application programming interfaces (APIs) that are already available on the PC, "PlayStation2", Xbox, Nintendo DS, Linux and Macintosh. This consistency should reduce the cost of porting games from other platforms to the "PSP" and speed development.
"Over time, GameSpy's new infrastructure may change the way portable games are played. Developers can create games that span platforms; for example, a player can use a "PlayStation2" while in the dorm and a portable system like a "PSP" at the library, with both systems contributing to the same game and the player's results. Game developers can even include combined statistics on custom web-based pages, encouraging the dynamic community that is central to many successful games,"
About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment is a leading community-based Internet media and services company for video gaming. IGN owns and operates a network of branded web sites that provide content and services to consumers, advertisers, and publishers and developers of video games and other forms of digital entertainment. IGN also provides technology for online game play in video games. The company's major video game-related properties include IGN.com, GameSpy, FilePlanet, TeamXbox, 3D Gamers, Direct2Drive, GameStats.com and a number of web sites within the company's Vault and Planet
networks. IGN also owns and operates two entertainment web sites focused on movie-related content, IGN FilmForce and Rotten Tomatoes, and a male lifestyle web site, AskMen.com. Collectively, IGN Entertainment's properties attracted an average of approximately 26.8 million users each month in the three-month period ending June 30, 2005, and the company has over 250,000 active paying subscribers
to its online program for premium video game content, services and information.
The privately held company has its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S.
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