ATLANTA– July 5, 2007– GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) announced today that it is expanding its offerings to the Mac community. Intel-based Mac users now have access to GameTap’s Lite Player, which offers more than 500 titles to play from GameTap’s massive library of new and classic video games, as well as more than 600 streaming videos of original programming from GameTap TV.
“Mac users will now be able to enjoy hundreds of games that have never been playable on a Mac before,” said Stuart Snyder, Turner’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of Animation, Young Adults&Kids Media.“GameTap’s expansion into the Mac community reflects our commitment to being the premier destination for people who love to play games.”
This expansion to the Mac community comes on the heels of GameTap’s newly launched, free-to-play, ad supported service that allows players to sample a rotating selection of their favorite titles, and access to more than 600 streaming videos of original programming through GameTap TV.
Among the games that Mac users are now able to access are Metal Slug, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Neo Turf Masters, and King of Fighters‘95. In addition, gamers can watch exclusive content from GameTap TV, including original streaming videos and interview segments with My Chemical Romance, Akon, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy, and GameTap’s Digital Downlow, their popular daily news show.
The availability of GameTap for the Mac is made possible through the use of TransGaming’s Cider portability engine, which enables PC games to run on Intel-based Macs. With TransGaming’s Cider technology, all of GameTap’s free and Gold level membership features will run on all Intel-based Macs including Mac Books and Mac Minis.
“The availability of GameTap on Mac represents an amazing inflection point for Mac gamers. GameTap is a great boon to the gaming world and it’s wonderful that GameTap is making their content available to the thriving Mac community,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming.“We worked with GameTap to bring Myst Online: Uru Live to Mac players and we’re pleased to be working with GameTap on a larger scale to bring some of the greatest video games to the Mac.”
Later this summer, Mac users will receive access to GameTap’s Deluxe Player, which offers a richer game environment, with full-screen gameplay, customizable control settings, the ability to download games while playing another, and more. To experience GameTap for the Mac please visit www.gametap.com, and your first month of a Gold level membership is only 99 cents.
TransGaming is a leader in the development of unique software portability products that allow game developers and publishers to develop games for one system and deploy them across multiple platforms. Supported platforms range from Linux, Mac to consoles and next generation systems. TransGaming is a registered Microsoft Xbox developer and a licensed Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable developer. TransGaming is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and maintains a research and development center in Ottawa, Canada. More information about the company can be obtained at www.transgaming.com.
GameTap (GameTap.com), a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched in 2005, GameTap delivers more than 900 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games, including original and exclusive episodic titles such as Myst Online: Uru Live, Sam&Max: Season 1, Galactic Command - Echo Squad, and American McGee’s Grimm. Visitors to GameTap.com can play free games on its ad-supported website, purchase top PC and catalog titles from its digital retail storefront, and tune into GameTap TV’s original programming that includes Retrospective documentaries and new ReVisioned animated series. GameTap paid members receive unlimited access to its massive library titles, community and multiplayer features, original games, and content.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
Beth Gardiner Wendy Rutherford
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