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WorldWinner and Sony Partner to Introduce Online Competitions in Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!
Online Gamers Invited to Spin the Wheel and Test Their Trivia Skills for Cash and Prizes
Seattle and Newton, Mass. - July 23, 2008 - Today at the Casual Connect conference in Seattle, WorldWinner (www.worldwinner.com), the leader in online game competitions, announced an agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. to create skill-based online versions of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! Beginning in September, Wheel of Fortune fans will be able to compete in online tournaments of the game for cash and prizes. WorldWinner will also develop a skill-based Jeopardy! game, scheduled to be available in 2009.
Both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! will also be available as free Flash games on GSN.com, which is powered by WorldWinner. In addition to providing free and cash competitions of the popular game shows on GSN.com, WorldWinner will leverage GSN's television viewing audience of 66 million households to promote the online versions of the game. Game show fans have demonstrated that their passion for classic game shows transcends to the online world. Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! will soon be added to the cross-platform experience on GSN, WorldWinner and GSN.com, allowing fans to enjoy their favorite shows on the air, and also as free games or as cash competitions.
"Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are America's most popular TV game shows. Millions of people tune in to play along every evening, while trying to solve the puzzles or answer the questions faster than the actual contestants," said Peter Blacklow, president of WorldWinner. "WorldWinner's agreement with Sony to create cash competition versions of these classic game shows will allow fans of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! to truly test their skills, much like the contestants on TV."
Wheel of Fortune is currently celebrating its 25th season and is ranked America's number one syndicated series, and Jeopardy! begins its 25th year this fall. Both shows have been renewed through 2012. With today's announcement, fans will soon be able to test their skills online at www.worldwinner.com and through WorldWinner's partner sites, which include AOL Games, GSN.com, MSN Games and Pogo.com.
"Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! have maintained a dedicated following of loyal fans, whose passion extends to the PC, mobile and downloadable versions of the shows," said Gregory Economos, senior vice president, Sony Pictures Consumer Products. "We're looking forward to working with WorldWinner to offer our dedicated fans - both television and online audiences - the opportunity to compete to solve puzzles, all from the comfort of their own home."
WorldWinner (www.worldwinner.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, is a leading provider of online game competitions. It hosts competitions in some of the most popular casual games - including Solitaire, Bejeweled 2, Family Feud, SCRABBLE® Cubes and Luxor - in which players compete against one another for cash and prizes. WorldWinner's broad network of partner sites includes leading global brands, such as AOL Games, EA-Pogo, GSN.com, Lycos, MSN Games and MyPoints. WorldWinner has more than 30 million registered players worldwide.