Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced that Yahoo! Games will showcase online PC games that take advantage of the power of the Intel Pentium 4 processor. Intel will also be the sponsor of Yahoo! Games on Demand, an online gaming destination that offers streamed rental of PC games from various publishers including Activision, Atari Inc., and Vivendi Universal Games.
Games that are designed for maximum performance on a Pentium 4 processor typically feature advanced audio and visual effects, smoother animation, and life-like 3D graphics to deliver a more compelling gaming experience. Yahoo! Games and Intel have established the relationship announced today in order to provide the gaming community with advantages of digital distribution of PC games that utilize outstanding processor innovation. Enhanced titles that are available immediately at Yahoo! Games on Demand include: Empire Earth, Grand Prix 4, Independence War 2, Neverwinter Nights and Star Trek(R) Armada 2.
"Our relationship with Intel highlights games that take advantage of their latest processor technology and complements our mission to offer compelling, on-demand PC game play to millions of online consumers," said Dan Hart, general manager Yahoo! Games. "Yahoo! remains committed to building the world’s leading online games destination and further establishing the PC as a platform of choice for gamers."
With more than five billion minutes of online game-play per month, Yahoo! Games is ranked the number one online games site by Nielsen//Net Ratings (March 2003). Through Yahoo! Games on Demand, consumers can play a diverse selection of more than 90 popular PC games from leading publishers, giving users a choice of popular new and classic games, in genres ranging from action and strategy to simulation and arcade.
"The Pentium 4 processor will deliver the next generation of performance for PC games and deliver the kind of speed and quality gamers have come to expect on the PC," said Ann Lewnes, vice president, Intel Sales and Marketing Group. "Yahoo! Games on Demand is a fantastic platform for us to highlight the hottest games that take advantage of the Pentium 4 processor."