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New Editor for Edge Online

Michael French to helm internet counterpart of revered multi-format videogame magazine

22/08/05 - Edge Online, the internet counterpart of Edge, Future's internationally respected videogame magazine, has announced the appointment of Michael French as its new Online Editor.

French brings to the role considerable experience in videogame journalism, having previously held the positions of Reviews Editor on Future's Official PlayStation 2 magazine and Deputy Editor on MCV, the weekly videogame trade bible.

His appointment will enable Edge Online to further complement the content of the monthly print-based magazine, reinforcing its 'videogame culture' mission statement. Dedicated to the website but working as an integral part of the overall editorial team, French will be responsible for Edge Online's revamped content, presenting news stories, feature content, commentary and more. His contributions will give Edge additional flexibility and the opportunity to instantly recognise and respond to the issues that matter within the videogame industry.

The appointment will also see the long-awaited return of Edge's much-respected online discussion forum, as well as the introduction of a weekly Edge email newsletter, both launching in the coming weeks.

The website continues to advertise the best recruitment opportunities to those already in the videogame industry as well as gaming enthusiasts looking for a way into the business. In recognition of its value in videogame industry recruitment, Edge's popular 'Get Into Games' guide, completely revamped for 2005 and offering practical advice and details of educational courses and options available across the UK and beyond, is also now available online.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael French said:

"Future successfully relaunched Edge Online earlier this year, but as the first dedicated member of staff for the site I want to make sure that even more gamers bookmark the site and visit it daily. We'll be putting the Edge stamp on all manner of items on the gaming agenda - from news and features to recruitment. Edge Online will go much further than we can within the confines of a monthly magazine."

Matt Pierce, Publisher of Edge, added:

"This is just the initial stage in a very exciting series of developments for Edge Online. The relaunch of the forum will be an important step for the broad community of Edge readers online - it'll be a place where they can discuss the latest games, industry developments, and the magazine. With Michael at the helm, and increased investment across the site, Edge Online will deliver a compulsive mix of news, insight and industry recruitment to both gaming enthusiasts and industry professionals alike."

Edge Online is now available at www.edge-online.com


About Future

Future plc was founded in the UK in 1985. Today, it publishes over 150 special-interest consumer magazines worldwide with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. It is the fifth largest magazine publisher in the UK. Future employs 1,450 people in offices in the UK, US, France and Italy. Over 100 international editions of Future's magazines are also published under licence in 30 other countries across the world. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

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