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IGN Announces the Launch of GameStats.com; New Online Destination Offers the Simplest Way to Gauge Daily Press and Reader Buzz on More Than 23,000 Videogames

Entertainment Editors

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2004

IGN Entertainment -- home to IGN.com(R), the web's largest gaming and entertainment destination with over 15 million unique visitors -- today announced the launch of GameStats.com (http://www.gamestats.com), a consumer website focused on providing daily popularity and review statistics for more than 23,000 games, both released and unreleased.

GameStats.com is the destination for videogame enthusiasts and industry insiders seeking unbiased videogame facts in a smooth online interface. GameStats.com uses the web's most detailed game database, courtesy of gaming and entertainment network IGN.com. The searchable archive offers information and media for games spanning more than 80 different platforms, including descriptions, release dates, cheats, walkthroughs, screenshots, movies, company data, and more.

GameStats.com provides ranking and scores that clearly communicate a specific title's presence through a variety of venues. GameStats.com tracks review scores from major online and print publications from around the world and adds in reader opinion to generate a final GameStats.com Score (GSS). GameStats.com also compiles data from wishlist and collection list activity, email requests, message board activity, article, walkthrough, and cheat code pageviews into a number between 0 and 100, to generate the Game Popularity Metric (GPM). This daily changing number shows how popular each game is at that exact point in time in terms of expressed buzz, desire to play the game, awareness, and post-release activity. The site also offers an automated newsletter system that sends readers links to new content from around the web by email.

"GameStats.com is a necessity for anyone looking for straight and objective views on any videogame," said Peer Schneider, Network Director of IGN.com. "By offering daily statistics based on activity and opinion, GameStats.com is not only an invaluable tool to aid gamers in making purchasing decisions, but can also help game publishers determine the strength of their own brands."

According to GameStats.com today's most popular games are:

1. Ninja Gaiden - Xbox (Tecmo)

2. Halo 2 - Xbox (Microsoft)

3. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes - GameCube (Konami)

4. Gran Turismo 4 - PS2 (SCEA)

5. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow - Xbox (Ubisoft)

6. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - PS2 (Konami)

7. Final Fantasy XII - PS2 (Square-Enix)

8. Kingdom Hearts II - PS2 (Square-Enix)

9. Fable - Xbox (Microsoft)

10. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles - GameCube (Nintendo)

About IGN Entertainment

IGN Entertainment, through its flagship network IGN.com, is the Internet's leading information and entertainment destination for teen and young adult gamers. IGN serves its audience by providing both free and subscription-based content and services. IGN's award winning content -- two Webby People's Voice Awards and two Wired Magazine's Readers Raves Awards -- attracts more than 15 million unique visitors a month, including over 6.2 million registered users and more than 82,000 paying subscribers. IGN offers its business customers a full spectrum of integrated marketing solutions to reach this large web-centric audience. These products include fixed placement and impression-based advertising, sponsorships, permission marketing, custom publishing, e-commerce, direct e-mail marketing and content licensing. For more information, please visit http://www.ign.com.

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