FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA - October 17, 2005 - Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) today announced the launch of GameTap, its first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network. Today GameTap officially opens its massive vault of great video game content and original programming to gamers across the United States. Announced last April, with previews at the E3Expo and the American debut of the Download Festival, GameTap is already critically acclaimed. It was dubbed "a great idea with great content at a reasonable price" by Tribune Media Services, and Computer Gaming World magazine said, "Somewhere between a TV channel and a Game-on-Demand service is GameTap, the smartest and most promising thing going."
GameTap is an "all-you-can-play" gaming service accessible from up to two household computers. The network will launch with some 300 games from 24 publishers, together with hours of original programming. Subscribers simply download the Turner-developed software from www.gametap.com. Subscriptions are $14.95 per month.
"We've taken GameTap on the road and hosted a few thousand gamers through our experiential marketing programs, and now we're ready to take GameTap to a mainstream audience," said GameTap General Manager Stuart Snyder. "GameTap puts an entire library worth of games-both current and classic -at your finger tips. The game community, and for that matter the Internet itself, has never seen anything like it."
GameTap will feature outstanding titles from the early arcades, PCs, and popular video game consoles, including the Sega Genesis and Dreamcast, Atari 2600, and Intellivision. Original programming will include magazine, reality, and lifestyle shows, interviews with the who's who of gaming, celebrity features, and "game trailers" for the GameTap service.
Publishers represented in the GameTap vault include Activision, Atari, Capcom®, Cyan, Codemasters, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, First Star Software, G-Mode, Intellivision Lives, Ironstone, Knowledge Adventures, Midway, Namco, SEGA, TAITO, Take-Two, Taurus Media, Team 17, Telegames, 3000AD, Ubisoft and Vivendi Universal Games. Games include such classics as Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and Rampage, and famously addictive titles like Mr. Driller, Sonic Spinball, and 3-D Ultra Cool Pool.
GameTap delivers hundreds of the greatest games-on-demand plus original programming via a broadband-connected PC. To access GameTap, players securely download and install Turner-developed client software from www.gametap.com that acts as a gateway to the GameTap vault. Because games reside securely on the PC, not across a network, they act just as
if they were still on the console or at the arcade. Fast response times, 3D effects, colors, and characters are all present and accounted for. New games and original programming will be added to the service each week. GameTap supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
Alyssa Sanders Misty Skedgell
Access Communications for GameTap TBS, Inc.