GameSpy Industries Announces Official Launch of GameSpy.net - The Global Online Gaming Infrastructure for Game Developers and Publishers

GameSpy.net Infrastructure and Toolkits Ease the Implementation of Online And

Multiplayer Game Functionality Across All Platforms - PC, Mac, Console, And

Web



GameSpy.net Saves Game Developers and Publishers Time and Money



Mar 19, 2001, 00:00 ET from GameSpy Industries, Inc.

    IRVINE, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- GameSpy Industries, the leading
 provider of services and technologies to the retail and online games industry,
 today launched GameSpy.net, the global online gaming infrastructure.
 GameSpy.net enables game developers and publishers to offer critical online
 and multiplayer functionality in their games.  It provides easy-to-implement
 cross-platform tools and back-end services that support the features that
 gamers have come to expect in their games -- matchmaking, chat, online
 competition, and game persistence.
     GameSpy.net is an infrastructure of software, back-end servers, bandwidth,
 and network operations personnel that keep games with online features up and
 running.  GameSpy.net provides game publishers and developers access to its
 powerful functionality, thereby allowing developers and publishers to avoid
 the expense and headache of creating and running these back-end services
 themselves.  Game developers and publishers can rest easy knowing that the
 GameSpy.net infrastructure is rock-solid, thanks to the dedicated GameSpy.net
 team who runs these back-end services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The
 infrastructure can support significant volume.  It has served as the backbone
 of GameSpy's popular multiplayer game services, GameSpy Arcade and GameSpy 3D,
 for the past 5 years, supporting over 8 million installations and over
 300 million uses of the GameSpy client software in that time.  Since 1997,
 these reliable, round-the-clock servers have been running with an impressive
 99.9% uptime for the core systems.  The GameSpy.net infrastructure currently
 tracks over 20,000 game servers, hundreds of thousands of files and millions
 of gamers.
     Game developers gain access to the GameSpy.net infrastructure through the
 GameSpy.net toolkits, a dozen cross-platform tools that address common
 functions necessary to online games including multiplayer networking,
 matchmaking, chat, online competition, and anti-piracy detection.  Developers
 can pick and choose from these tools that work together as a suite or
 independently.  Designed to save time, lower development costs, and integrate
 seamlessly into existing code, the GameSpy.net toolkits were developed by
 GameSpy's crack team of expert software designers to simplify the process of
 adding online and multiplayer functionality to games.
     From PC to portable, gaming console to Linux, the GameSpy.net technology
 is ubiquitous.  There is simply no equal product if you are a developer
 creating a cross-platform product.  GameSpy is a Sony PlayStation2 and Sega
 Dreamcast Middleware developer allowing game developers for the PlayStation2
 and Dreamcast entertainment systems to use the GameSpy.net infrastructure and
 toolkits to enable online and multiplayer features in their games.
     GameSpy.net has already won widespread support from the game developer and
 publisher community.  It is the official online gaming infrastructure for top
 game publishers such as Activision, Interplay, Gathering of Developers, Crave
 Entertainment, Strategy First, and Wizard Works.  In addition, over
 100 developers use the GameSpy.net infrastructure today to enable popular
 multiplayer and online features in their games.
     "By making the GameSpy.net infrastructure and toolkits available to game
 publishers and developers, the industry can capitalize on our unparalleled
 expertise in building online gaming infrastructure and tools," explained Mark
 Surfas, CEO of GameSpy Industries.  "GameSpy has spent over four years
 developing these technologies and back-end services which overcome the
 challenges the industry faces in online and multiplayer game development and
 server maintenance.  GameSpy.net makes it easy to add critical features to
 games, such as online auto-patching and CD authentication, and removes the
 burden of maintaining back-end services from the game developer or publisher's
 shoulders."
 
     Developers Find GameSpy.net Easy to Implement
     Game developers who have used the GameSpy.net infrastructure and toolkits
 to solve their game development problems will be the first to tell you how
 pleased they were with the experience.  Mark Brockington, Lead Research
 Scientist at BioWare Corp., says:  "When we were programming Baldur's Gate ...
 I had GameSpy support up and running in the game before the other programmers
 even knew I was doing it!  The support from GameSpy developers is fantastic.
 GameSpy should be at the top of your list if you need a matchmaking service
 for your multiplayer game."
     "We have made extensive use of the GameSpy.net In-Game Matchmaking
 Back-end Services and Toolkit and found them to be easy to implement,
 efficient, powerful and flexible.  GameSpy has always responded quickly with
 information or changes that we required and is an excellent source of
 information for general networking issues," explained Tim Rance, Director of
 Technology for Lionhead Studios.  In fact, Lionhead intends to incorporate
 GameSpy.net's technology into their highly anticipated title, Black and White.
     Fletcher Dunn, Programmer for Terminal Reality was amazed with the amount
 of time GameSpy.net saved him.  Explained Dunn, "You will spend more time
 implementing the UI for the additional functionality that GameSpy.net can
 provide than you will spend actually integrating the toolkit into your app.
 The support has been very good, as well, if you need the toolkits to do
 something that they weren't designed to do or need some tweak, the GameSpy
 guys are very easy to get in touch with and will actually reply to your
 questions and requests."
     Matthew Soares, Senior Software Engineer, Celeris agreed, "When I had
 questions and comments, the staff at GameSpy was very responsive and helpful.
 If you support remote play at all, adding support for GameSpy.net's matching
 service is about as simple as it gets!"
 
     GameSpy.net Answers Almost Every Need
     The twelve GameSpy.net Toolkits and their associated back-end services
 answer almost every online gaming need.  They solve matchmaking, community,
 administration, online competition, and networking development issues:
 
     Matchmaking Toolkits -- Multiplayer Made Easy
     Simplify your match-making development for both Dedicated Server or
 Peer-to-Peer multiplayer game environments:
     --  GameSpy.net Integration (All games)
     --  In-Game Server Browsing (Dedicated Server Games)
     --  In-Game Matchmaking (Peer-to-Peer Games)
 
     Community Toolkits -- Give Your Players Communications Features
     Unify your user community and build easy-to-use communications into your
 game:
     --  In-Game Chat
     --  Buddy List and Instant Messaging
 
     Competition Toolkit -- Enable Tournaments and Ladders
     Give your gamers the competition they crave:
     --  Online Competition
 
     Administrative Toolkits -- Protect, Patch, Store, Display and Analyze Your
 Game
     Incorporate everything from anti-piracy measures to storage solutions in a
 snap:
     --  CDKey Validation
     --  Auto-Patching
     --  Persistent Storage
     --  HTTP Data Transfer
     --  Usage Analysis
 
     Networking Toolkit
     Save development time by using this cross-platform flexible low-level
 networking system:
     --  Multiplayer Cross-Platform Networking
 
     For more information about using the GameSpy.net infrastructure and
 toolkits in your upcoming games, call GameSpy's Developer Relations at
 949-798-4200, email devrelations@gamespy.com, or visit
 http://developer.gamespy.com
 
     About GameSpy Industries:
     Founded in 1995, GameSpy Industries, Inc., is the leading online consumer
 and business services company focused on the expanding games market.
 GameSpy's Consumer Division creates superior game and editorial experiences
 for the enjoyment of more than eight million gamers located in over
 100 countries worldwide.  GameSpy's Business Services Division operates under
 the GameSpy.net brand and is the premiere provider of online gaming
 infrastructure and technologies to the PC, Mac, and console games industry and
 is the official online infrastructure provider for leading game publishers
 such as Activision, Eidos, WizardWorks, Interplay and Gathering of Developers.
 GameSpy's technologies have become the industry standard in multiplayer
 gaming, back-end systems/infrastructure and cross-platform developer tools for
 the $8-billion interactive entertainment industry.  GameSpy Industries is the
 manager of the gaming world's data -- tracking over 20,000 servers and
 millions of gamers and game installations.  GameSpy's advertising network, The
 Mplayer Entertainment Network, reaches over 16 million unique monthly
 visitors, making it one of the largest advertising properties on the Internet.
 The network offers advertisers access to a technology-savvy, affluent,
 receptive and responsive audience through attention-grabbing rich media and
 traditional online advertising products that typically garner higher response
 rates than the average rate for standard banner products.  GameSpy Industries
 is headquartered in Irvine, California.
 
     For more information, visit the company's site at:
 www.gamespyindustries.com.
 
 

SOURCE GameSpy Industries, Inc.
    IRVINE, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- GameSpy Industries, the leading
 provider of services and technologies to the retail and online games industry,
 today launched GameSpy.net, the global online gaming infrastructure.
 GameSpy.net enables game developers and publishers to offer critical online
 and multiplayer functionality in their games.  It provides easy-to-implement
 cross-platform tools and back-end services that support the features that
 gamers have come to expect in their games -- matchmaking, chat, online
 competition, and game persistence.
     GameSpy.net is an infrastructure of software, back-end servers, bandwidth,
 and network operations personnel that keep games with online features up and
 running.  GameSpy.net provides game publishers and developers access to its
 powerful functionality, thereby allowing developers and publishers to avoid
 the expense and headache of creating and running these back-end services
 themselves.  Game developers and publishers can rest easy knowing that the
 GameSpy.net infrastructure is rock-solid, thanks to the dedicated GameSpy.net
 team who runs these back-end services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The
 infrastructure can support significant volume.  It has served as the backbone
 of GameSpy's popular multiplayer game services, GameSpy Arcade and GameSpy 3D,
 for the past 5 years, supporting over 8 million installations and over
 300 million uses of the GameSpy client software in that time.  Since 1997,
 these reliable, round-the-clock servers have been running with an impressive
 99.9% uptime for the core systems.  The GameSpy.net infrastructure currently
 tracks over 20,000 game servers, hundreds of thousands of files and millions
 of gamers.
     Game developers gain access to the GameSpy.net infrastructure through the
 GameSpy.net toolkits, a dozen cross-platform tools that address common
 functions necessary to online games including multiplayer networking,
 matchmaking, chat, online competition, and anti-piracy detection.  Developers
 can pick and choose from these tools that work together as a suite or
 independently.  Designed to save time, lower development costs, and integrate
 seamlessly into existing code, the GameSpy.net toolkits were developed by
 GameSpy's crack team of expert software designers to simplify the process of
 adding online and multiplayer functionality to games.
     From PC to portable, gaming console to Linux, the GameSpy.net technology
 is ubiquitous.  There is simply no equal product if you are a developer
 creating a cross-platform product.  GameSpy is a Sony PlayStation2 and Sega
 Dreamcast Middleware developer allowing game developers for the PlayStation2
 and Dreamcast entertainment systems to use the GameSpy.net infrastructure and
 toolkits to enable online and multiplayer features in their games.
     GameSpy.net has already won widespread support from the game developer and
 publisher community.  It is the official online gaming infrastructure for top
 game publishers such as Activision, Interplay, Gathering of Developers, Crave
 Entertainment, Strategy First, and Wizard Works.  In addition, over
 100 developers use the GameSpy.net infrastructure today to enable popular
 multiplayer and online features in their games.
     "By making the GameSpy.net infrastructure and toolkits available to game
 publishers and developers, the industry can capitalize on our unparalleled
 expertise in building online gaming infrastructure and tools," explained Mark
 Surfas, CEO of GameSpy Industries.  "GameSpy has spent over four years
 developing these technologies and back-end services which overcome the
 challenges the industry faces in online and multiplayer game development and
 server maintenance.  GameSpy.net makes it easy to add critical features to
 games, such as online auto-patching and CD authentication, and removes the
 burden of maintaining back-end services from the game developer or publisher's
 shoulders."
 
     Developers Find GameSpy.net Easy to Implement
     Game developers who have used the GameSpy.net infrastructure and toolkits
 to solve their game development problems will be the first to tell you how
 pleased they were with the experience.  Mark Brockington, Lead Research
 Scientist at BioWare Corp., says:  "When we were programming Baldur's Gate ...
 I had GameSpy support up and running in the game before the other programmers
 even knew I was doing it!  The support from GameSpy developers is fantastic.
 GameSpy should be at the top of your list if you need a matchmaking service
 for your multiplayer game."
     "We have made extensive use of the GameSpy.net In-Game Matchmaking
 Back-end Services and Toolkit and found them to be easy to implement,
 efficient, powerful and flexible.  GameSpy has always responded quickly with
 information or changes that we required and is an excellent source of
 information for general networking issues," explained Tim Rance, Director of
 Technology for Lionhead Studios.  In fact, Lionhead intends to incorporate
 GameSpy.net's technology into their highly anticipated title, Black and White.
     Fletcher Dunn, Programmer for Terminal Reality was amazed with the amount
 of time GameSpy.net saved him.  Explained Dunn, "You will spend more time
 implementing the UI for the additional functionality that GameSpy.net can
 provide than you will spend actually integrating the toolkit into your app.
 The support has been very good, as well, if you need the toolkits to do
 something that they weren't designed to do or need some tweak, the GameSpy
 guys are very easy to get in touch with and will actually reply to your
 questions and requests."
     Matthew Soares, Senior Software Engineer, Celeris agreed, "When I had
 questions and comments, the staff at GameSpy was very responsive and helpful.
 If you support remote play at all, adding support for GameSpy.net's matching
 service is about as simple as it gets!"
 
     GameSpy.net Answers Almost Every Need
     The twelve GameSpy.net Toolkits and their associated back-end services
 answer almost every online gaming need.  They solve matchmaking, community,
 administration, online competition, and networking development issues:
 
     Matchmaking Toolkits -- Multiplayer Made Easy
     Simplify your match-making development for both Dedicated Server or
 Peer-to-Peer multiplayer game environments:
     --  GameSpy.net Integration (All games)
     --  In-Game Server Browsing (Dedicated Server Games)
     --  In-Game Matchmaking (Peer-to-Peer Games)
 
     Community Toolkits -- Give Your Players Communications Features
     Unify your user community and build easy-to-use communications into your
 game:
     --  In-Game Chat
     --  Buddy List and Instant Messaging
 
     Competition Toolkit -- Enable Tournaments and Ladders
     Give your gamers the competition they crave:
     --  Online Competition
 
     Administrative Toolkits -- Protect, Patch, Store, Display and Analyze Your
 Game
     Incorporate everything from anti-piracy measures to storage solutions in a
 snap:
     --  CDKey Validation
     --  Auto-Patching
     --  Persistent Storage
     --  HTTP Data Transfer
     --  Usage Analysis
 
     Networking Toolkit
     Save development time by using this cross-platform flexible low-level
 networking system:
     --  Multiplayer Cross-Platform Networking
 
     For more information about using the GameSpy.net infrastructure and
 toolkits in your upcoming games, call GameSpy's Developer Relations at
 949-798-4200, email devrelations@gamespy.com, or visit
 http://developer.gamespy.com
 
     About GameSpy Industries:
     Founded in 1995, GameSpy Industries, Inc., is the leading online consumer
 and business services company focused on the expanding games market.
 GameSpy's Consumer Division creates superior game and editorial experiences
 for the enjoyment of more than eight million gamers located in over
 100 countries worldwide.  GameSpy's Business Services Division operates under
 the GameSpy.net brand and is the premiere provider of online gaming
 infrastructure and technologies to the PC, Mac, and console games industry and
 is the official online infrastructure provider for leading game publishers
 such as Activision, Eidos, WizardWorks, Interplay and Gathering of Developers.
 GameSpy's technologies have become the industry standard in multiplayer
 gaming, back-end systems/infrastructure and cross-platform developer tools for
 the $8-billion interactive entertainment industry.  GameSpy Industries is the
 manager of the gaming world's data -- tracking over 20,000 servers and
 millions of gamers and game installations.  GameSpy's advertising network, The
 Mplayer Entertainment Network, reaches over 16 million unique monthly
 visitors, making it one of the largest advertising properties on the Internet.
 The network offers advertisers access to a technology-savvy, affluent,
 receptive and responsive audience through attention-grabbing rich media and
 traditional online advertising products that typically garner higher response
 rates than the average rate for standard banner products.  GameSpy Industries
 is headquartered in Irvine, California.
 
     For more information, visit the company's site at:
 www.gamespyindustries.com.
 
 SOURCE  GameSpy Industries, Inc.