Pocket Gamer makes The Guardian’s Top 100 websites for third year running

For Immediate Release

London, UK– 15th December 2009– Steel Media is proud to announce that PocketGamer.co.uk has been named as one of the Top 100 essential websites of 2009 by The Guardian newspaper. It is the third time the site has been selected as one of the leading representatives of gaming, having been included in both the 2007 and 2008 selections.

Pocket Gamer has, since 2006, tirelessly focused on portable play– be it on mobile or handheld– and has grown to adapt its coverage as new formats such as iPhone and Android have emerged. In its summing up of Pocket Gamer’s inclusion the Guardian referred to the publication as“still by far the best site on handheld gaming.”

“I'm absolutely delighted that we've been named in the Guardian's prestigious best 100 sites list for the third year running, although I can't really take any credit,” stated Chris James, Steel Media’s MD.“It's really a testament to all the hard work and dedication invested by site editor Rob Hearn and his brilliant team throughout 2009 and, of course, all our readers who've supported us over the last three years.

“With the advent of new smartphone platforms and app stores such as Android and Ovi, the seemingly unstoppable march of the iPhone and the renewed handheld efforts of Nintendo and Sony, portable gaming is going to be even bigger news next year and Pocket Gamer will remain dedicated to providing the very best coverage for gamers on the go.”

The full Guardian Top 100 essential websites of 2009 article can be viewed here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/dec/09/best-websites-internet

CONTACT

For more information, contact Chris James ( chris@pocketgamer.co.uk)

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About the Pocket Gamer network

PocketGamer.co.uk is the UK’s most popular destination website for mobile and handheld gaming news, previews and reviews. The site was established by Steel Media in March 2006 and now reaches an audience of over 450K readers per month, generating over 1.6 million page views online, plus an additional audience via our wap and iPhone editions. www.pocketgamer.co.uk

Steel Media also publishes a bi-monthly Pocket Gamer mobile games magazine in association with leading mobile operators in the UK which is distributed in-store and online with a readership of c.200K.

In addition, Pocket Gamer reviews and content appear on the wap portals of leading UK operators and handset manufacturers, providing a total estimated audience in excess of 4 million each month.

Building upon the success of the UK site, Steel Media extended its proven formula to the French market with the launch of a bespoke, fully localised portal written and edited by an experienced and dedicated team of French game journalists to deliver the same quality of expert news, features, reviews and opinion for which Pocket Gamer is renowned.

www.pocketgamer.fr

Launched in July 2008, sister site PocketGamer.biz is the UK’s mobile game industry-focused site from the highly experienced team behind PocketGamer.co.uk. It aims to cover the issues affecting the sector by providing the insightful news, features and opinion that it deserves, while working to help push this multi-billion industry forward. www.pocketgamer.biz

About Steel Media

Steel Media is a leading mobile consumer technology publisher based in the UK. Headed up by Chris James and with a team boasting over 50 years of experience in consumer and contract publishing, the company currently publishes mobile and handheld gaming websites PocketGamer.co.uk and PocketGamer.fr, industry focused site PocketGamer.biz and consumer friendly mobile entertainment site PocketPicks.co.uk. Steel Media also supplies mobile gaming news and other contract services to a number of third-party publishers and brands.

For further information the Pocket Gamer network or Steel Media,contact Chris James: chris@pocketgamer.co.uk

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