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Online Game Site Shockwave Offers Retail Subscriptions

1 Apr, 2003 By: Hive News

Internet games leader Shockwave.com announced today that for the first time ever, consumers can purchase prepaid access to its online subscription service, Shockwave.com GameBlast, at retail stores nationwide.

"Shockwave.com GameBlast subscription cards are a unique marriage of prepaid technology and digital entertainment," said Shockwave.com CEO Mika Salmi. "We are excited to provide retail shoppers with this powerful new way to play the Web's best games."

GameBlast subscription cards are in a first wave of retail distribution with partners including the PRE Solutions, Inc. Retail Network and Uni-Marts, Inc. Shockwave plans to announce other retail partners later this spring, with total retail distribution exceeding 7,500 outlets by summer.

Shockwave.com GameBlast provides subscribers online access to more than 40 premium games, plus a monthly collection of jigsaw puzzles. Subscribers get advertising-free games packed with special features including full-screen play, unlimited levels and exclusive gameplay modes.

Collectively, the titles available on GameBlast have a retail value of more than $500, a Shockwave spokesperson said, but the new GameBlast subscription cards deliver two months of service for $14.95 or 6 months of service for $29.95.

Consumers will find that using a prepaid GameBlast subscription card is fast and easy. After a card has been purchased and activated at retail checkout, the cardholder must complete a brief registration form online and is instantly authorized to begin playing. The cards aim to make GameBlast accessible to teens and other game players who may be unable to use credit cards online.

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