Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/10/18/btopenworld_buys_games_domain/

BTopenworld buys Games Domain

Which is nice

By Tim Richardson

Posted in Broadband, 18th October 2001 15:17 GMT

BTopenworld has acquired Games Domain in a bid to boost its online gaming content.

Financial details concerning the deal were not revealed.

However, today's announcement does fit BTopenwoe's latest strategy to provide a few key destination sites for its broadband service rather than a walled garden of more general portal content.

Furthermore, BTopenworld believes online gaming in particular could be a big driver for increased Net use and the growth of hi-speed Internet services.

As part of the deal Games Domain - which serves the gaming community with news, reviews etc and has more than 800,000 users in the UK - will become part of BTopenworld's Games division, with BTopenworld taking management of the Games Domain operations in the UK and US including staff.

Games Domain was put up for sale by its parent company theglobe.com in July 2001.

Recognising the potential importance of online gaming, earlier this summer Telewest - which provides broadband cable access - poached a number of key staff from failed outfit, Gameplay, for its new improved gaming service. ®

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