Newton, Mass. - August 16, 2005 - WorldWinner, Inc. (www.worldwinner.com), the leader in online game competitions, today announced an exclusive skill-based games partnership with United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD), a leading provider of consumer Internet subscription services. Through this agreement, WorldWinner will be the exclusive provider of online skill-based games to United Online's properties, including Juno, NetZero and Classmates.com, which collectively reach approximately 20 percent of the total Internet population*.
Available immediately, Juno, NetZero and Classmates.com customers can enter competitions in more than two dozen WorldWinner games, including 8-ball pool, solitaire and SwapIt!, a popular arcade game, for cash and prizes. WorldWinner matches players of similar playing ability in game competitions of their choice, and the outcome of each is determined by the player's skill.
"Partnering with United Online dramatically extends WorldWinner's reach to nearly 31 million unique visitors," said Stephen Killeen, president and CEO of WorldWinner. "Customers of Juno, NetZero and Classmates can now experience a heightened level of entertainment by challenging millions of others who comprise the WorldWinner community to competitions of their favorite games for cash and prizes."
"Skill-based gaming is growing in popularity and WorldWinner is the market leader in this segment," said Michael Goodman, senior analyst, Yankee Group. "The chance to win cash and prizes will make the anticipation of victory that much more thrilling for Juno, NetZero and Classmates.com subscribers."
About WorldWinner, Inc.
WorldWinner (www.worldwinner.com) is the leading global provider of online games for cash and prizes, where the outcome of each competition is determined by the player's skill. With 14 million registered players internationally, WorldWinner hosts more than four million tournaments and awards millions of dollars in prizes every month. The privately held company was founded in 1999 and has received funding from leading venture capital firms, including HarbourVest Partners and Benchmark Capital. WorldWinner is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts.
About United Online
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD) is a leading provider of consumer Internet subscription services through a number of brands, including NetZero, Juno and Classmates. The company's services include Internet access, accelerated dial-up services, premium email, personal web hosting, domain services, photo sharing services and social-networking. The company's access services are available in more than 8,200 cities across the United States and in Canada. United Online is headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA, with offices in New York, NY; Renton, WA; San Francisco, CA; Orem, UT; Munich, Germany; Jarfalla, Sweden; and Hyderabad, India. For more information about United Online and its Internet subscription services, please visit http://www.untd.com.
*Nielsen//NetRatings NetView rankings for June 2005