PR - GameTap Indies DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM PROVIDES NEW HOME FOR THE BEST INDEPENDENT GAMES

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Bill Loguidice
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GameTap introduces the “GameTap Indie Award” for top independent developers at 2007 Independent Games Festival

ATLANTA - February 27, 2007 - GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), announced today GameTap Indies, a marketing and distribution program specifically designed to introduce independent games to a broader gaming audience. Through this program, GameTap subscribers will be exposed to a variety of new games they are likely unfamiliar with, due to limited distribution. In addition, GameTap will emphasize its support for independent developers through the sponsorship of a new award called the “GameTap Indie Award”, to be presented at the 2007 Independent Games Festival Awards in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 7th.

The GameTap Indies program will take effect immediately, and serve as an added distribution channel for creative developers. By enlisting in the program, GameTap assumes responsibility for the digital distribution of each selected game. In addition to being promoted alongside popular GameTap Original titles, such as “Sam & Max: Season 1” and “Myst Online: Uru Live”, GameTap Indies will be showcased in a special Independent Games content area within the service.

“With GameTap Indies, we are giving developers and publishers the chance to put their game in front of an audience that otherwise might not see it,” said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap’s vice president of content. “There is a lot of innovation happening in gaming today that can only thrive on the hard drives and computer screens of gamers because of the boundless broadband frontier. With GameTap’s expansive reach and unique model, we will be able to offer forward thinking game designers a platform for success.”

For the first time, GameTap will also be presenting the GameTap Indie Award at the Independent Games Festival, which is part of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), and for which GameTap is Platinum Sponsor. The three hand-picked recipients of the GameTap Indie Award will have the opportunity to have their titles showcased on the GameTap Service. Sanchez selected these three games as outstanding examples of achievement in independent game development and each epitomize the quality and innovation in gameplay that GameTap hopes to present through the GameTap Indies distribution program.

One recipient will receive a $10,000 advance after signing a five year distribution deal to be a part of the new GameTap Indies label. Two additional recipients will each receive a $5,000 advance after signing the same five year distribution deal to be part of the new GameTap Indies label. The chosen developers will be announced onstage at the Independent Games Festival on Wednesday, March 7th.

GameTap representatives speaking on the following panels at GDC will discuss the company’s role as an independent game distributor and how this will revolutionize the market for developers who think outside the console box. .

Panel: Console/PC Distribution Gatekeepers

Time: March 5th – 11:15a.m. PT – West Hall Rm. 3018

Overview: Sandy Resnick, director of licensing at GameTap, will join a panel addressing how to pitch your game to distributors and exactly what content the “gatekeepers” are looking for.

Panel: What’s Next in Digital Distribution and Mainstream Gaming

Time: March 7th – 4:00p.m. PT – West Hall Rm. 3020

Overview: Ricardo Sanchez, vice president of content for GameTap, will speak on a panel focusing on the successes of various distribution models and how to capitalize on the growing trend.

In addition to GameTap Indies, GameTap provides subscribers with unlimited access to more than 800 games, along with over 600 original TV shows and videos that cater to fans of the video game lifestyle.

To register for GameTap, visit www.gametap.com and your first month of service is only 99¢.

About GameTap

GameTap is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched by Turner Broadcasting in 2005, it now delivers more than 800 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original and exclusive episodic properties. In addition to games for every age and interest, GameTap offers more than 600 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs. Continually updated with new games, programs and features, GameTap is a downloadable application that supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals.

About Turner
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

CONTACT:

Lee Mokri Wendy Rutherford

Access Communications for GameTap TBS Inc.

415-844-6203 404-827-5097

lmokri@accesspr.com wendy.rutherford@turner.com

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It is a sad situation, and

It is a sad situation, and I'm a bit miffed that GameTap isn't doing more. It isn't fair. My guess is that the problem is international copyrights or limited licensing agreements. Doesn't make much sense to me, particularly with a subscription service like GameTap. How can you "pirate" GameTap?

Matt

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Bill Loguidice
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I understand, Mark. It's

I understand, Mark. It's that whole licensing issue and why games from different regions don't automatically play in other regions. What boggles my mind is that even in Canada they don't get the full service that the US does apparently. Perhaps it has something to do with the draconian French/English requirements...

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Mark Vergeer
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Still bitter? You bet!

Still bitter? You bet! Things like this are pretty much commonplace for people in Europe who like videogames. We're always served, last - if at all...The only company who actually did something about that by giving Europe some sort of priority for a change was Microsoft when it launched it's X360!

It's pretty much all I can do I guess, reading about this increasingly nice service called GameTap whilst at the same time regretting that I cannot play it - probably never will.

With the increasing globalisation and ease of communication between citizens from different parts of the world it strikes me as getting increasingly odd that commerce is so restricted to certain area's. There's change on the horizon though, for example some movies are now released world wide instead of 6 months later or sometimes even more.
It has always striken me as odd to go see a Holiday season US blockbuster I've been reading about for months, in the middle of summer when it's finally released over here. It is even more odd that downloading the DVD-rip (which is actually not illegal to do in the Netherlands - yet) of the movie that is often out on DVD in the US before the movie hits European theaters. Ironic isn't it?

Anyways GamteTap seems like a great service, would love to be a customer but probably never will be able to be one.

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Bill Loguidice
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I prepaid for the whole

I prepaid for the whole year. I forget what it cost me, but I think it was $60. There's a lot more to it than just Dosbox and Vice stuff, but yeah, one must have a use for such a thing (in my case, the exclusives and no configuration emulation when I'm in a time pinch). It works on all my systems except for my work laptop, though there are several applications that won't install on that...

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yakumo9275
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Since it requires a monthly

Since it requires a monthly subscription, I avoid it, plus it has never worked on my XP pro machine. (Besides Dosbox+vice give me all I need without that $10 a month fee.)

They do have some great titles in their catalogue tho.

-- Stu --

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Bill Loguidice
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Still bitter about that

Still bitter about that US-only thing, huh Mark?

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Mark Vergeer
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Hmm very nice feature this

Hmm very nice feature this is. It does make this service even more desirable for those NON US consumers like me. Alas, GameTap still is US only.....

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