Quebec MSO Vidéotron Ltée has teamed with Reeves Interactive to launch a new service that will, for the first time, let subscribers experience multiplayer online games on a Quebec wide-area network.
Dubbed Microplay Online, the service draws technology from a collaboration of Vidéotron, Sun Microsystems, Reeves Interactive and Le SuperClub Vidéotron. Among the features the gaming service will offer is Teamspeak, allowing players equipped with multimedia headsets to communicate with each other.
Microplay will be offered to Vidéotron high-speed Internet subscribers ages 18 and older for $5.99 per month, or for $7.99 per month for non-subscribers. As part of the service launch, Vidéotron will offer a free two-week trial to subscribers and a one-week trial to non-subscribers.
The multiplayer games fielded on the service include Counter-Strike, Half-Life2 DM and Counter-Strike: Source, from Valve Software; Call of Duty from Activision; Battlefield 1942 from EA Games; Unreal Tournament 2004 from Epic Games; and Enemy Territory and Quake 3 from ID Software. Subscribers will not only be able to compete against each other, but also will be able to track how they rate with other players. Individual player stats will be posted, and top scorers will qualify for prizes.
With Microplay Online, Vidéotron is hoping to reach a large pool of gamers. A recent report issued by Statistics Canada indicates more than 51 percent of the population plays games on the Internet.
"This new service offers managed servers and amazing pings for Vidéotron subscribers," said Manon Brouillette, vice president of marketing and product development for Vidéotron's consumer division.