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For EA: Mary Leddy, CHEN PR
WorldWinner Inks Exclusive Agreement
with EA for Cash Tournaments on Pogo
No. 1 Free Game Site Adds Around-the-Clock Cash Tournaments
NEWTON, Mass. - March 31, 2003 - WorldWinner (http://www.worldwinner.com), the leading provider of online skill-based tournaments for people looking to outsmart and outplay their competitors for cash, has signed an exclusive agreement with Electronic Arts to provide cash tournaments for EA Online's Pogo channel. Pogo is the most frequented destination on the Web for free game enthusiasts, according to the most recent report from comScore Media Metrix.
Under terms of the multi-year agreement, WorldWinner cash tournaments will provide the Pogo community with an easy way to compete in games that test a player's logic and skill for the opportunity to win real cash instantly. Visitors to Pogo.com simply select from a myriad of games that offer cash contests such as: Solitaire Rush, 8-Ball Pool, Word Cubes, and a variety of fast-paced WorldWinner games.
"Online gaming represents a rapidly emerging opportunity within the gaming industry," said Schelley Olhava, Senior Analyst at IDC. "Whether it's via fast-paced multiplayer gaming experiences or casual games such as chess, checkers and cards, as more companies leverage this burgeoning market, and the game experiences themselves become more rich and compelling, consumers will inevitably become more tied to playing games online as part of a new digital lifestyle."
"WorldWinner cash tournaments are the perfect complement to EA Online's overall strategy to provide the best new game offerings and experiences for our player community," said Lesley Mansford, vice president of EA Online Publishing. "The decision to work with WorldWinner was a logical one, as both companies are leaders in their respective spaces and their primary audiences mirror the fastest growing segment of today's online gaming population."
The agreement underscores the increasing popularity of WorldWinner cash tournaments among the online gaming community, where over $100,000 is won daily in the United States and across 20 countries worldwide at www.worldwinner.com, and through some of the most popular game sites and Web portals today.
"WorldWinner cash tournaments offer Pogo players a unique opportunity to enjoy the same classics that have attracted a timeless following for years in the offline world, but with an exciting new twist," said Stephen Killeen, president and CEO of WorldWinner. "Already over 250,000 Pogo players have competed in WorldWinner competitions, proving that this is the next evolution in online gaming."
ABOUT ELECTRONIC ARTS
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA GAMES, EA SPORTS BIG and EA.COM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.
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.
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