SEATTLE, Wa and LONDON, UK - October 17, 2005 - RealNetworks®, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK), the leader in downloadable PC-based casual games, today announced three new distribution deals dramatically expanding its casual games business in Europe. Belgacom Skynet's Arena 51, the largest Belgium ISP, RTL.FR, one of Europe's leading television, radio and production company, and ilse.NL, a leading Dutch media company, will provide RealArcade games through each companies' online web portals.
"Leading portals across the globe are constantly looking for compelling content that will bring customers back to their sites time and again - and our expansive catalogue of casual games was designed to deliver," said Marco Menato, Vice-President, Consumer Services Europe. "RealArcade provides European partners with hundreds of casual game titles with broad appeal, ease of gameplay, local language game titles, and exceptional value for their subscribers."
With over 320 downloadable games, over 100 online Web-based games, and a unique subscription service, RealArcade is the leading partner for portals and ISPs looking for casual game content.
"We are delighted to make RealArcade available to Download.nl customers," said Sander Remans, Entertainment Manager, Ilse Media, Netherlands. "This is an important step in our plan to grow the catalogue of Download.nl's digital entertainment store and to offer the best of breed quality games. Download customers now have more choices for all their entertainment, games and music needs. It allows Download.nl customers to have hours of fun for a very reasonable price."
As a leading games service on mobile and PC devices, Real provides downloadable games to millions of customers across Europe. European broadband operators in France, Germany and The United Kingdom now work with Real to provide exceptional service and electronic versions of classic board, puzzle, and card games with great titles like Zuma Deluxe, Feeding Frenzy, and Scrabble Download Edition. For more information visit www.realarcade.com
RealArcade offers consumers a fun, unique and compelling way to discover, acquire and play PC games - bringing together a wide array of games and services in a single, easy to use environment. RealArcade provides play-before-you-pay access to the best in downloadable games (titles such as Super Collapse II, Diamond Mine, and Red Ace Squadron), free online Web games, broadband games, and Palm games. Integrated game manuals, message boards and user ratings enable RealArcade users to play their games with greater ease and knowledge. RealArcade also recognizes
and manages retail CD titles and top shareware games, giving users a one-stop destination for games on their PC. Features such as download and installation management, automatic check of system requirements and integrated e-commerce make acquiring and playing games a fun, easy and
reliable experience for consumers. RealArcade is available for free at: www.RealArcade.com.
About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including the award-winning Rhapsody® Internet jukebox service and RealPlayer®, the first digital media player to integrate finding, organizing, buying, playing and managing digital audio and video in a single product. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks' consumer software at http://www.real.com. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. RealNetworks' systems and corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com.
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