Sunday, May 7, 2006

Verizon Invests in Online Game Provider

Verizon has made an equity investment in Super Computer International (SCI), a provider of gaming client applications, on-game display technologies, backend infrastructure and support for high speed online multiplayer video gaming. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Verizon said it is workin with SCI on the the deployment of a next-generation, online game browsing and messaging platform called PlayLinc that will give gamers more control over their multiplayer gaming interactions, a richer set of social networking tools and a wider variety of gaming experiences. Among the features gamers can take advantage of on the PlayLinc platform will be support for a variety of gaming platforms, messaging tools including IM and VoIP, dynamic server launching, server browsing, team management, buddy tracking, player invitations, on-game controls, etc.

"Verizon's relationship with SCI will help us speed the development and distribution of an advanced online gaming platform with capabilities that we believe no other game messenger currently delivers," said Mitch Dornich, group product manager for new product development at Verizon. "We're bringing together Verizon's strengths in broadband, the Internet, communications and mass marketing with SCI's state-of-the-art gaming technologies and expertise to create an entirely new experience for the online gaming community."http://www.verizon.com

  • Super Computer International, which is based in Atlanta, operates server farms in San Jose, Dallas, Ashburn (Va) and Amsterdam.

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