For Immediate Release
Jason Freidenfelds, Ziff Davis Media Game Group
Randy Zane, Ziff Davis Media
Ziff Davis Announces Online and Print Media Alliance with Microsoft
SAN FRANCISCO, August 2, 2006 – Ziff Davis, the prominent gaming magazine and online publisher, today announced an integrated media collaboration with Microsoft. Ziff Davis will serve as the independent editorial voice for Microsoft's Games for Windows initiative. As part of the strategic relationship, Ziff Davis is launching a new magazine called Games for Windows: The Official Magazine and a companion website on the 1UP Network. Microsoft will drive traffic and readership to the magazine and to the 1UP Network, and will promote the Games for Windows magazine as part of their Games for Windows marketing efforts. The magazine and integrated online components will launch in Fall 2006.
Ziff Davis' online integration will include a Games for Windows website on the 1UP network. The website will host editorial features, social networking, and blogs, as well as game demos, patches, downloads, trailers and original video content from FileFront.com and GameVideos.com. In addition, Ziff Davis will collaborate with Microsoft in the area of online and interactive content for Games for Windows. Microsoft's website, GamesForWindows.com, will also link to the 1UP Network for users who want additional content.
"We believe Ziff Davis Game Group is the ideal industry partner for Microsoft as we advance the Windows platform and Games for Windows initiative," said Rich Wickham, director of Games for Windows at Microsoft. "We value Ziff Davis' innovation in integrating diverse media together and wanted that creative force driving the official Games for Windows magazine and website on the 1UP Network."
The collaboration with Ziff Davis Game Group represents a significant step in Microsoft's larger marketing push for the Games for Windows brand: the magazine shares the same "Games for Windows" branding that will appear on game packaging and in leading retailers throughout the U.S. beginning this Fall.
"We share Microsoft's passion for expanding the Windows gaming market," said Scott McCarthy, President of Ziff Davis Game Group. "This alliance will enable us to reach a wider audience than ever before, both in print and online, and it affirms Microsoft's commitment to gaming on the Windows platform. We're looking forward to working with Microsoft."
To ensure clear market leadership position, Ziff Davis will transfer Computer Gaming World's veteran editorial staff and mission to Games for Windows: The Official Magazine. The new magazine and web initiative will carry on the editorial, production and art staff of Computer Gaming World, incorporating CGW's best-of-class style and tone while broadening the outlet's reach, influence and editorial content to complement the coming renaissance in Windows gaming.
About Ziff Davis Game Group
Ziff Davis Game Group (gamegroup.ziffdavis.com), a division of Ziff Davis Media Inc., is the largest integrated gaming media publisher in the United States, reaching over 17 million gamers in print and 11 million gamers online. The Game Group publishes magazines including Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, and Computer Gaming World, as well as the 1UP Network of web properties, including social networking and editorial hub 1UP.com, file download destination FileFront.com, video site GameVideos.com, news and reviews aggregator GameTab.com, and video podcast The 1UP Show.
About Ziff Davis Media Inc.
Ziff Davis Media Inc. (www.ziffdavis.com) is a leading integrated media company serving the technology and videogame markets. Ziff Davis reaches over 28 million people a month through its portfolio of 32 websites, 7 award-winning magazines, and hundreds of consumer and b-to-b events, as well as business IT tools, custom publishing, and direct marketing services. The company is headquartered in New York and also has offices and labs in San Francisco and Boston. The Company exports its brands internationally in 40 countries and 20 languages.
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