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NEW YORK and SEATTLE - It's World Series time and Verizon Online customers can step up to the "virtual" plate and bat against big leaguers' actual pitches with FOXSports.com's "Hit the Pros" game. This and many other games-on-demand are now available to try for free on Verizon Online's new Game Center.
According to Datamonitor, a UK-based research firm, the market for online games will reach $2.9 billion in 2005, up from $670 million this year. Another research report estimates that 114 million people worldwide are expected to be playing online games by 2006.
"Every generation loves games and ours are some of the most challenging, fast, and enjoyable ever," said John Wimsatt, vice president - Marketing, Verizon Advanced Services. "The games we now offer are even better when played over a high-speed DSL (digital subscriber line) connection because the action is more realistic than with a dial-up connection."
The Verizon Online Game Center, featuring WildTangent's games, includes the popular Blasterball 2 and Blackhawk Striker games. Customers can play a demonstration version of all the action, puzzle, sports and arcade games for free before deciding whether to buy and download the full versions at http://dsllive.verizon.net/games. Prices for the games range from $9.99 to $19.99. The Center also has gaming news headlines, chat rooms, tips and tricks.
"WildTangent delivers CD-ROM quality games that appeal to a broad audience, particularly broadband users who demand the best Web entertainment experience possible," said Greg Enell, director of business development at WildTangent. "By adding truly compelling game content like FOXSports.com's 'Hit the Pros,' Verizon Online is providing the type of value-added offerings that consumers want."
New WildTangent games, including upcoming releases, will be added to the Game Center this fall.
Verizon Online is a full-service Internet service provider, offering dial-up, DSL and dedicated Internet access services for residential consumers and small and mid-sized businesses. DSL Internet access services are available in 27 states and the District. Verizon Online also offers businesses a selection of Web hosting and business e-mail services across the country.
WildTangent, http://www.wildtangent.com, the leading provider of technology and services for premium online games, enables the creation and distribution of interactive games that can be subsidized through TV-like methods such as advertising, pay-to-play, subscription and sponsorship. WildTangent's Web Driver(tm) technology provides unprecedented performance on a web page by interfacing directly with DirectX. Web Driver takes full advantage of 3D hardware acceleration to scale content to an optimal level, allowing users to experience the same quality of gameplay regardless of the speed of their computer processor or their Internet connection. Currently there are more than 30 million Web Driver client applications in distribution. Thanks in part to its groundbreaking technology and the quality of its games, WildTangent was selected as one of Computerworld's Top 100 Emerging Companies for 2002.
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.1 million access line equivalents and 30.3 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and approximately 241,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.