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Women are Rising Stars among Online Gaming Community

Women love to have their strategic insight tested, reckons portal's pollsters.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Hilversum/London - March 8, 2006 - SPILL GROUP, a leading developer and operator of online gaming portals in Europe and Asia, has unveiled new findings that challenge the established view about the composition of the online gaming community. While younger people prefer action games and MMORG's (massive multiplayer online role-playing games), women aged between 20 and 34 prefer skill games that involve a combination of strategic insight and gaming ability. Women are increasingly opting for the play-for-real option, something that has traditionally been the preserve of men.

Women are joined by more mature men who are logging on to play games as a way to entertain themselves and combat stress, proving that online gaming is no longer limited to teenagers. The average gaming time is between 40-45 minutes and most users play on a daily basis.

"We are encouraged by these findings as they indicate that the online gaming community is becoming a broad church rather than a niche club. As a developer of online game portals, we recognise the need to adapt our offerings so that we can continue to meet the expectations of these new players for challenging and stimulating games," said Reinout te Brake, Marketing & Business Development Director, SPILL GROUP.

SPILL GROUP runs more than thirty online game platforms in Europe. Their UK sites www.gametoday.co.uk and www.startgames.co.uk offer round the clock gaming enjoyment. A wide variety of games is available - ranging from trendy arcade classics to sporting and multi user games that require different levels of skill. These are free, but those looking to add to the excitement can play for money, without complicated payment methods. Gamers just need to visit one of the sites and they can start playing right away.

About SPILL GROUP

The Dutch holding company SPILL GROUP was founded in 2001 and has subsidiaries in Europe and Asia. Its aim is to become the biggest source of the best games for PC and mobile devices. Currently, the company develops and runs more than thirty gaming portals in eight European countries as well as China, Malaysia and India. 1.2 million unique visitors a day look for gaming enjoyment on the SPILL GROUP portals. The portfolio contains 3.000 online games of all genres - skill games, casual games and fun games. The portals are kept simple and are specifically designed for every country. Those wanting to play a game do not need to register, but can start right away.

To experience the SPILL GROUP game services, visit the game-portals www.startgames.co.uk.

Company contact:

Reinout HM te Brake

SPILL GROUP Holding

+31 (0) 6 41 217 648

[email protected]

Press contact UK:

Ajay Nawathe

GlobalCom PR-Network UK

+44 1753 893 000

[email protected]

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