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Speakeasy: Hey gamers want a free PS2 or Xbox?

Mon, 09/23/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

What's sounds sweeter to a gamer's ears than a free game console? Speakeasy is hoping the answer is a resounding "nothing." The national broadband service provider is attempting to lure video game enthusiasts to its "Gamer Package" by dangling a free PlayStation 2 or Xbox in front of them.

The promotion, which runs through Sept. 30, offers new subscribers that sign up for one of Speakeasy's broadband gaming packages a free gaming console from either Sony or Microsoft. After the subscriber's DSL service is installed and the first month's payment for the online gaming service is paid in full, the gaming console will be shipped to the customer.

The Gamer Packages start at $59.99 a month, and offer the gaming audience a variety of features, including the ability to run a personal gaming server and online gaming tournaments. Speakeays has gaming servers at multiple POP sites and recently added regional network access points to give gamers improved Internet performance and more responsive connectivity, according to Speakeasy.

"Speakeasy is completely focused on meeting the demanding needs of power users and online gamers," said Erik Johnson, project manager at game developer Valve. "Now during the advent of broadband console gaming, Speakeasy is extending that commitment to a new audience and taking an aggressive approach to delivering new gaming experiences to its customers," he said.

Yesterday, Yahoo! launched an online gaming service, dubbed Games on Demand, to broadband subscribers. Games on Demand library consists of more than 40 titles, including Civilization III, Star Trek Armada II, Grand Theft Auto 2 and Tomb Raider Chronicles. The gaming service has four price points. Gamers can access one game for three days for $4.95, three games for 30 days for $9.95, five games for 30 days for $12.95 and 10 games for 30 days for $14.95.

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