RealNetworks Adds Monthly Game Service


RealNetworks Inc. is putting more into play with a new subscription-gaming

The Seattle-based streaming-media-technology and service provider has added a
new monthly discount service dubbed 'GamePass' to its 'RealOne Arcade' content
lineup. The new subscription service offers users a catalog of 90 popular games,
most of which are familiar card and board games. Prices for the games will range
from $9.99 to $19.99 -- discounts of 30 percent and 75 percent, respectively,
off the market price.

The monthly cost for the service is $6.95 for those using 'RealOne Player'
and a discounted $4.95 for premium 'Real SuperPass' members.

For that price, they get one monthly credit toward a free game download and a
$5 discount for any additional games purchased monthly. Once they buy the game,
subscribers can keep it permanently even if they decide to cancel service.

Members must sign up for an initial three-month commitment, but that is
waived if they buy a game upon sign-up.

'GamePass changes the rules for digitally distributed games, said Andrew
Wright, general manager of RNI's games division. 'By utilizing a media-club
subscription model, we deliver an unparalleled combination of value, selection
and convenience.'

RealArcade has so far delivered more than 20 million individual game
downloads with 700,000 game-purchase transactions.