Earthlink and Gamestop Team Up To Offer Internet Access Through Retail Stores Nationwide
ATLANTA and GRAPEVINE, TEXAS, May 22, 2002 – EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK) and GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer, have begun distributing EarthLink Dial Up Internet Access software throughout GameStop's national retail chain of more than 1,000 stores.
EarthLink's Internet service will be promoted through co-branded CD-ROMs and counter-top displays located in GameStop, FuncoLand, Software Etc. and Babbage's stores across 49 states and the District of Columbia. A corresponding promotion offers new subscribers a $100 GameStop gift certificate when they sign up for EarthLink Internet access with a six-month commitment.
“By teaming with GameStop, we're able to tap a large group of computer-savvy individuals who demand quality products and services -- an attractive forum for distributing our award-winning Internet access,” said John Kortier, EarthLink's vice president of channel sales.
“For many of our customers, especially gaming enthusiasts, the Internet plays a central role in gaming interaction,” said Dan DeMatteo, GameStop's president and chief operating officer. “In that respect, EarthLink Internet access is a great addition to the products and services that make GameStop a major shopping destination for gamers and Internet enthusiasts alike.”
EarthLink, one of the nation's leading Internet service providers, is offering new subscribers signing up under this agreement all of the benefits of a standard EarthLink dial-up subscription including: EarthLink's award-winning customer service and technical support; EarthLink Internet access software; up to eight email addresses, Personal Start PageSM subscriber portals, and 10-MB personal Web sites; EarthLink Messenger, completely compatible with AOL Instant Messenger; the spaminator spam-filtering tool; and more.
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), is the nation's largest video game and entertainment software specialty retailer. The company operates 1,068 retail stores throughout 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, under the GameStop(R), Babbage's(R), Software Etc.(TM) and FuncoLand(R) brands. In addition, the company owns a commerce-enabled Web property, GameStop.com, and Game Informer magazine, a leading video and computer game publication.
GameStop Corp. sells the most popular new software, hardware and game accessories for the PC and next generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, and is also the industry's largest reseller of used video games. In addition, the company sells computer and video game magazines and strategy guides, action figures, and other related merchandise to more than 30 million customers.
General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Website: http://www.gamestop.com/investor-relations.
EarthLink brings the magic of the Internet to approximately 4.9 million subscribers every day. Headquartered in Atlanta, EarthLink provides a full range of innovative access, hosting and e-commerce solutions to thousands of communities over a nationwide network of dial-up points of presence, as well as high-speed access and wireless technologies. EarthLink is committed to doing an exceptional job of pleasing its subscribers, shareholders and the community by following the company's Core Values and Beliefs [http://www.earthlink.net/about/ourvalues/cvb/index.html]. Information about EarthLink services is available by calling 800-395-8425 and through EarthLink's Web site at www.earthlink.net.
Lori M. Milovich