GamePro Magazine and Versus Books Announce Exclusive Partnership

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — MAY 11, 2000–IDG Games Media Group, the world's largest interactive entertainment information provider for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and publisher of GamePro magazine: The World's Largest Multiplatform Gaming Magazine, and The World's Premier Entertainment Destination for the Y-Generation, today announced an exclusive partnership with Versus Books, the quality leader in game strategy guides.

Under the terms of the agreement, GamePro magazine will include content from the best-selling line of Versus Books strategy guides in future issues. In addition, the two companies will develop co-branded online and print promotions that will include special offers on Versus strategy guides and subscriptions to GamePro magazine.

"Versus Books has consistently produced a line of high-quality and timely strategy guides for the market's best-selling video games," said John F. Rousseau, president and CEO of IDG Games Media Group and Publisher of GamePro magazine. "Together GamePro and Versus will be able to provide the best game strategies to GamePro's more than 3 million(1) monthly readers and sell more magazines and Strategy Guides. This is the beginning of a very strategic relationship moving forward for our two companies!"

The first title to be featured will be Sony's Wild Arms 2 for the PlayStation(TM) game console. A select eight pages from the Versus Books Official Wild Arms 2 Perfect Guide will appear in the August 2000 issue of GamePro magazine. Future titles for each of the major gaming platforms, to be announced, will appear in GamePro magazine's fall and holiday issues.

"GamePro is the definitive magazine in the multiplatform gaming market, with the highest circulation and the most influence over consumers' buying decisions," noted Matthew Taylor, publisher of Versus Books. "We're excited to have GamePro as our exclusive partner, which will dramatically increase exposure for our strategy guides."

About Versus Books

Versus Books has established itself as the undisputed quality leader in the video and computer game strategy guide market. Consistently outselling its competitors and universally acclaimed by major press as the most reliable source for accurate gaming information, Versus Books has key alliances with major software publishers including Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Capcom, and Namco. For more information visit

About IDG Games Media Group

IDG Games Media Group, located in San Francisco, is the world's largest interactive entertainment provider for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and produces GamePro magazine,, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper.

About IDG

IDG Games Media Group is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at

Source: (1) Teenage Research Unlimited, Spring 2000 (Wave 35)


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