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Friday, December 5th 2003
IGN and GameSpy Announce Merger Agreement
Posted: 10:34 am by Wolfy -
December 04, 2003 02:00 PM US Eastern Timezone
IGN and GameSpy Announce Merger Agreement; Combination Will Create Web's Largest Network of Gaming Destination Sites

SAN FRANCISCO & IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 4, 2003--

IGN Entertainment - home to IGN.com, the Web's largest gaming and entertainment destination for young males - and GameSpy Industries, a leading online entertainment and technology company serving game enthusiasts and game developers, today announced that they have signed a definitive merger agreement creating the Web's largest network of destination sites for gamers.
The combination will create the Internet's largest gaming audience and its highest traffic PC and console game content network with 673 million page views per month. According to comScore NetScore data, the two networks attract more than 22 million unduplicated unique visitors per month worldwide, and they rank number one in unduplicated U.S. audience reach with both comScore Media Metrix and Nielsen//NetRatings in the gaming information category.

Additionally, the combined companies service the biggest gaming information subscription base with 194,000 active paying subscribers and have registered over 26 million users. They also operate the highest volume download service with 6.1 million downloads per month and are the industry leader in online gaming tools and services.

"This combination offers tremendous synergies as GameSpy and IGN have very complementary strengths," said Mark Jung, IGN's CEO. "GameSpy is the market leader with the PC game audience, game downloads and online gaming technology. IGN is the market leader with the console game audience and in community services such as message boards. Both companies have very strong subscription acquisition and retention programs."

Each company's customer base should find advantages with this strategic grouping. Gaming and consumer advertisers will be able to reach the world's largest concentration of young males - predominately the key 18 - 34 year old male demographic - addressing the recent decline of male TV viewership. GameSpy's game developer clients will have expanded access to the large IGN audience for game demos and beta testing. Video game enthusiasts will benefit from the combined efforts of two leading editorial teams, who together generate an average of over 4,400 pieces of original gaming content per month.

"Combining IGN and GameSpy will create value for both our audience and our clients," said Mark Surfas, founder and chairman of GameSpy. "For the gamer, this merger will provide the broadest array of information, services and content choices. For game publishers and advertisers, it creates a platform with the widest reach and the deepest set of marketing tools to target gamers and young men in general."

Mr. Jung will serve the new company as CEO, and Mr. Surfas will serve as the Chief Strategy Officer and will join Mr. Jung on the Board of Directors. Because of their distinct audiences and strong loyalties, both the IGN.com and GameSpy.com brands will be retained. The companies expect to complete the merger in the first half of 2004.

About IGN Entertainment

IGN Entertainment, through its IGN.com(R) network, 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, services and gameplay. IGN offers its business customers a full spectrum of integrated marketing solutions to reach this large Web-centric audience, including fixed placement and impression-based advertising, sponsorships, permission marketing, custom publishing, e-commerce, direct e-mail marketing and content licensing. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with sales offices in New York and Los Angeles. For more information, please visit IGN.com

About GameSpy Industries

GameSpy is the Web's leading destination for online information, entertainment and communities serving the enthusiast gamer worldwide. The GameSpy network includes GameSpy.com, FilePlanet.com and GameSpyArcade.com, more than 60 Planet community sites and 7,000+ hosted sites. GameSpy is also the leading provider of technology for online game play in video games and has the largest gaming information subscriber base on the Web. Founded in 1995, privately held GameSpy is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. Gamespy.com

From Business Wire.com
Saturday, December 24th 2005
Happy Holidays!
Posted: 5:12 pm by Jag - Community
It's been sort of a slow news week, but on behalf of the Sector 7 Staff I'd like to wish you guys a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chaunakah, and a Peaceful Kwanza!

Stay safe!

~Jag
Saturday, December 10th 2005
Bungie WWU
Posted: 4:12 pm by Jag - Weekly Whats Update
I'm a bit late on posting this, but the Bungie WWU is up again this week, without fail. It includes some Xbox 360 issues, and a farewell from Ninja on Fire, and the triumphant return of Shiska!

Go read!
Friday, December 9th 2005
New Playlists Up!
Posted: 5:12 pm by Jag - Halo 2
The new playlists for Halo 2 have been up for a while if you've missed them! And they're a blast!

Team Action Sack: This playlist is what you should be playing if you're looking for a chaotic and unpredictable experience! Some games include Rocket CTF, or SWAT Fiesta, Ninja Assault - and much more! These games were submitted by the fans - I submitted Invisaball a while ago, and now you can play it in Matchmaking! Bungie does listen to the fans!

Rumble Armory: This is also an action-packed playlist, abiet less insane! This playlist pits you against up to 7 other people, with games that feature a single weapon set - games include Brutes, Swords, Sentinal Beams, and other similar games! Give it a try!

6 vs 6 Battle: This is basically something to fit between Team Skirmish and Big Team - 6 vs 6 battles using a mixture of the Big Team playlist and Team Skirmish.

Additional Changes: The Head to Head and Major Clanmatch playlists are gone - forever... Minor Clanmatch has been renamed 'Clanmatch' and now supports up to 5 people, but your Minor Clanmatch ranks remain intact. Team Snipers is now ranked - and your 'invisible' rank is now visible! If you played a little, you may be a 5 or 6, but some people are in the upper 20's! Big Team now supports only 7 or 8 players per team, to make way for 6 vs 6 Battle.

...a pretty significant update, to say the least.
Saturday, December 3rd 2005
Team ActionSack?
Posted: 3:12 pm by Jag - Weekly Whats Update
Bungie finally posted another WWU - and this one contains some very, very important information regarding the new playlists:

Quote:
~Major Clanmatch and Head to Head have been removed.

~Minor Clanmatch has received a change in configuration. It will now be called Clanmatch and will allow for team of 4-5 clan members each. Your Minor Clanmatch ranks will persist to the new Clanmatch playlist.

~Two new unranked playlists have been added, Rumble Armory and Team ActionSack.

~6v6 Team Battle has been added as a ranked playlist featuring team sizes of 5-6 players each.

~Big Team Battle now supports only larger team sizes of 7-8 players each.

~Team Snipers is now a ranked playlist and has a total of 15 maps. Your hidden rank will now be displayed.

~WE DID NOT WIPE ANY STATS, STOP LISTENING TO RUMORS! CALM DOWN!


Important information indeed! The WWU also contains a little bit of an FAQ on how to change your 360 theme, and some stuff about the Halo Movie... Read it here!
Wednesday, November 23rd 2005
Black T-Shirts!
Posted: 5:11 am by Wolfy - Site News
We are now offering Black 'Oddball Series' t-shirts in our store! Buy while supplies last!
Tuesday, November 22nd 2005
Xbox 360 launch!
Posted: 9:11 pm by Jag - Xbox
Well, the 360 went on sale early this morning to eager fans - one guy in Seattle camped out for four days! Frankie posted a brief retrospective on Bungie.net. Several members of ours have 360's - I'll try to get an interview of someone to see how it is...

Have fun!
Saturday, November 19th 2005
WWU - November 18
Posted: 7:11 am by Wolfy - Weekly Whats Update
Another Friday, another Weekly Whats Update -- you know the drill. This week they take on the Xbox 360 launch, playlist updates coming soon, Dead or Alive 4 special Spartan character, and more. Includes a crazy old-school Mister Chief.
Thursday, November 17th 2005
Humpday - Seasoned Gamers
Posted: 8:11 pm by Wolfy - Bungie
The latest Humpday match report is now up from Bungie. This week they take on the Seasoned Gamers, a group of older-aged gamer guys. It looked like an intense few matches, though Bungie has really downright lost (not terribly, they just lost 2 games to 1). Go check out the postgame carnage reports!
New Poll - Halo 2 on the 360
Posted: 3:11 pm by Wolfy - Community
Go vote in the latest poll! Will you be playing Halo 2 on the Xbox 360? This is regarding the latest information brought out by an article on Oregonstate.edu, that was mentioned earlier, stating that Halo 2 won't be that great in high-definition (as determined by looking at the more technical aspects of it). Comments are welcome! Again, go vote!