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CNET Gamecenter Partners with Premier Gaming Sites to Create Elite Alliance

CNET Gamecenter Alliance links company's flagship gaming site with Stomped, Inside Mac Games, MS XBox & Gamers Depot

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - May 11, 2000 - CNET Gamecenter (, the premier online source for information on electronic games and related products and services, today announced a groundbreaking partner-program, the CNET Gamecenter Alliance, which includes four of the most popular and respected gaming sites on the Web - Stomped, Inside Mac Games, Gamers Depot and MS XBox. Gamecenter handpicked these independent gaming sites to launch the Alliance, the definitive destination for hard-core gamers in search of comprehensive, relevant gaming content.

"Gamecenter set out to very selectively forge alliances with the top independent gaming sites, setting a new standard for gaming networks along the way - partnering with these top-flight sites unquestionably satisfies that goal," said Michael Brown, director of CNET Gamecenter. "This network is the ultimate destination for serious gamers because it is the only network focused solely on gaming. What's more, we are actively pursuing other gaming sites to add to our roster which will further strengthen the alliance."

Through the program, CNET integrates partner content into CNET Gamecenter, increasing traffic and exposure along the way. CNET also acts as an ad network for its partners. The alliance solidifies CNET's position as the leader in online gaming editorial coverage and raises the bar for editorial excellence in the gaming press.

"We are very psyched to partner with CNET and think this will benefit everyone involved," said Gary Arndt, CEO of Stomped.

"This alliance with CNET is like a stamp of approval on our site letting our valued members know Inside Mac Games is in the top-tier of gaming sites," said Tuncer Deniz, editor in chief of Inside Mac Games.

"MS XBox's partnership with CNET is a shot in the arm that will help push our site to the forefront of the gaming industry," said Sol Najimi, CEO of MS XBox.

"We're very excited to be a part of the CNET Gamecenter Alliance because we know it will be the definitive online destination for gamers," said Duane Pemberton, editor in chief of Gamers Depot.

About CNET Gamecenter
CNET Gamecenter is the premier online source for information on electronic games and related products and services. In addition to expert product reviews, industry news, game play tips and strategies, and other editorial coverage, Gamecenter provides its users with a unique comparative shopping service - Game Shopper. Designed specifically for gamers, Game Shopper helps people find the latest prices on computer and video games, video game systems, peripherals, and accessories.

About CNET Networks, Inc.
CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET), is the leading content network providing news and information to buyers and sellers around the world. CNET Networks is a platform for two Internet brands, a computer product database, and television and radio programming for both consumers and businesses. CNET,, is the world's most trusted source of information on computers, the Internet and technology, serving millions of users each day. CNET's Web content has been localized for eight Asia Pacific markets: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Australia. CNET Data Services licenses its multi-lingual product database to U.S. and European online computer retailers, resellers and e-commerce companies. CNET's award-winning television and radio programs are broadcast in 100 countries worldwide, as well as on CNBC and other national distribution in the U.S. In February 2000, CNET acquired mySimon,, the Internet's largest comparison shopping service, with more than 200 categories and over 2000 merchants. CNET currently has investments in cash and marketable securities valued at more than a half-billion dollars.

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David Friel
CNET Networks, Inc.

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