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World Opponent Network Announces First Major Third Party Game Agreement With GT Interactive And Epic Megagames To Bring Unreal To WON

Bellevue, WA - The World Opponent Network (WON), a FREE online gaming mega-site, today announced it's first major third party game agreement with Epic MegaGames (www.epicgames.com), developer of Unreal, and GT Interactive Software Corp. (NASDAQ:GTIS, http//www.gtinteractive.com), to bring the highly anticipated action game Unreal and future games based on the Unreal Engine to WON. The non-exclusive deal with both Epic and GT Interactive gives WON licensed rights to the Unreal Engine source code to as well as a marketing partnership with GT Interactive for the game itself.

WON has committed to hosting level editing contests as well as developing an online gaming environment for Unreal and games based on the Unreal engine. The recently launched WON, is yet another online initiative of Cendant, the largest membership based business in North America. The site, which officially launched April 13th, can be accessed at http://www.won.net/.

"WON is committed to partnering with the best games that can be played online and we are excited to have one of the hottest action titles of the year as part of our community." Proclaimed Bill Moore, President of WON. "WON will do more than just host a game on our service, we will add elements to help create the community around the game online. The level building contests and environment developments are examples of WON's dedication to assisting our partners in adding more value to the retail product."

"We are excited to be working with WON and providing content to their gaming audience," said Holly Newman, Vice President of Marketing for GT Internactive. "Unreal takes multi-player gaming and level editing to new heights, and WON will provide an excellent avenue for gamers to experience these features."

"The World Opponent Network really stepped up to the plate in terms of going beyond hosting our game to helping build our online community," explained Mark Rein, VP of Epic MegaGames. "Unreal is a great online game with tons of ways for the players to get involved with the title."

Heralded by Next-Generation magazine as "the best looking game of all time," and PC Gamer magazine as "the future" of gaming," Unreal offers heart-pounding, single-player action; intense multi-play for up to 16 gamers; as well as the Unreal Level Editor - one of the industry's most advanced, easy-to-use level editor programs. The level editor allows even novice players to create their own Unreal levels or customize virtually any aspect of the game itself in "1/4" the time of other editors.

Designed for the Windows95®/Windows98®/Windows NT platforms®, Unreal transports one or more players to a beautiful yet deadly planet which, as a result of a mysterious ore, has become the "Bermuda Triangle" of space, entwining alien races from across the galaxy in a battle for survival. Unreal's visuals set a new standard for realism - water is transparent, flames randomly flicker, moving clouds cast shadows - while dynamic lighting and music changes complement the on-screen action.

WON differentiates itself from the plethora of other multi-player gaming sites on the web by the fact that it offers the widest variety of content and is absolutely free. Won features daily game news from the industry leading site Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/), strategy guides from Prima Publishing, the largest publisher of PC game guides, the most complete internet search engine focused soley on games, professionally-executed gaming tournaments, extensive download libraries, community message boards, extensive links and research tools, and other informational and entertainment oriented content.

WON currently has over 30 active games from seven major developers live and playable making it one of the largest aggregators of internet enabled games. Games which are currently available include: Lords of Magic, Red Baron II, Civil War Generals 2, Lords of the Realm II, Front Page Sports: Trophy Rivers, Outpost 2: Divided Destiny, MissionForce: Cyberstorm, 3D Ultra Minigolf, The Time Warp of Dr. Brain, Front Page Sports: Football '97 & '98, Front Page Sports: Golf, Trophy Bass 2, Shivers 2, Birthright, Hoyle Black Jack, Hoyle Poker, Hoyle Board Games, Hoyle Cards, Hoyle Casino, Power Chess and Power Chess '98. (NOTE: although the service is free, players must have purchased the actual CD-ROM versions to connect and play).

Also, gamers may participate in one of 17 free online only games (which do not require the pre-purchase of a CD-ROM): YOU DON'T KNOW JACK the netshow, YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Sports the netshow and Acrophobia by accessing Berkeley Systems' wildly successful http://www.bezerk.com , which is an integrated brand within WON and a series of online only Hoyle products which include Backgammon, Battling Ships, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Chess, Spades, Hearts, Gin, Bridge, 5-Card Draw, 5-Card Low Ball, 7-Card Stud, Texas Hold 'em and Black Jack.

Epic MegaGames Inc. is a privately held company based in Rockville, MD, with offices in the U.K. Established in 1991, Epic produces, markets and distributes cutting-edge PC games. Best know for Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball, the company has released more than 20 products. In addition to worldwide retail publishing arrangements, Epic distributes its products directly to end users using the sharware model. Additional company and product information may be obtained through Epic's World Wide Web site at http://www.epicgames.com.

Headquartered in NY, GT Interactive Software Corp. is a leading global publisher of entertainment and edutainment software under the GT Interactive, Cavedog Entertainment, SingleTrac and MacSoft brands for personal computers as well as game consoles from Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and Nintendo. The company operates development studios in Seattle, Salt Lake City and San Luis Obispo, CA, as well as MN-based GT Value Products, a market share leader in budget software under the WizardWorks, CompuWorks and Slash brands. Located on the World Wide Web at http://www.gtinteractive.com, GT Interactive is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol GTIS.

World Opponent Network (WON) corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue, WA. WON is an autonomous business unit incorporated within Cendant, the largest membership based business in North America and owner of Cendant Software the largest publisher of consumer PC software in the world.


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