or


[03/26/08 - 12:19 PM]
Building on Early Success, USA to Expand Its Casual Gaming Site
The new features include 20+ new games, enhanced ad offerings, community features and an affinity program.

[via press release from USA]

Building on Early Success, USA to Expand its Casual Gaming Site

New Site Features to Include More Game Development, New Ad Sales Offerings and Social Networking

NEW YORK, March 26 -- On the heels of a successful foray into casual gaming this past November, USA Network's casual gaming site, CHARACTER ARCADE (formerly the Character Game Lounge), will expand its core offerings to position the site for growth and deeper ad partnerships. New features to include 20+ new games, enhanced ad offerings, community features and an affinity program. The CHARACTER ARCADE can be found at http://www.characterarcade.com and currently features over 25 character-based flash games - a combination of show-themed applications (e.g. Monk-shui and Psych In Training) and original takes on popular online games (e.g. Character Sudoku and Character Solitaire). The announcement was made today by Chris McCumber, executive vice president, marketing, digital and brand strategy.

USA has capitalized on the growing casual gaming sector with great success. The CHARACTER ARCADE has generated 30 million+ page views since its launch -- growing +304% in its first three months to 14.3 million page views in February. The CHARACTER ARCADE was ranked by comScore as one of the Top 50 Gaming sites in February and already has 165K+ registered users.

"CHARACTER ARCADE has exceeded our expectations in such a short time," said McCumber. "With this additional content and features, we expect to be a Top 25 casual gaming site by July. The site will be coveted by advertisers who want to reach a targeted and engaged demographic."

NEW GAMES

Developed and built collaboratively with design agency Glow Interactive, the CHARACTER ARCADE currently houses 25 character-themed games with plans to double the site offerings by year's end. New offerings will include new twists on classics, holiday themed games and multiplayer games. Launching this week is BLACKJACK, the classic casino game with helpful tutorials for novice players; and BLACKJACK CARD COUNTING TRAINER, for advanced players brave enough to learn the notorious art of card counting.

COMMUNITY FEATURES

Among the expanded features of the CHARACTER ARCADE will be a focus on integrating social networking applications to the site. The CHARACTER ARCADE will offer gamers a way to create personal profiles, make friends with fellow players, track the performance of elite gamers and friends, send direct challenges to rival gamers, and "talk smack" to anyone at the Arcade. By 3Q08, CHARACTER ARCADE will also gain a presence on the popular social networking site Facebook by allowing users to play embedded CHARACTER ARCADE games right on their profile page.

AFFINITY PROGRAM

To encourage repeat gameplay and increase the stakes for playing, USA will allow users to earn points for winning challenges, setting high scores or just for trying new games on the site. Initially points earned will be for vanity but by year's end, players will be able to redeem them for virtual and/or hard goods such as coupons, advertiser products and USA merchandise.

ADVERTISER OFFERINGS

In addition to customary ad banners, advertising offerings on the CHARACTER ARCADE include presenting site sponsorship, product integration, custom game development, branded rails, full-screen branded canvas before games and mid-game interstitials. All sponsorships include a companion on-air presence to create a full 360 offering.

MOBILE

The CHARACTER ARCADE will expand to the mobile space by 3Q08, as gamers will be able to play the site's most popular games right on their mobile phone.

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 network in basic cable, USA Network is seen in nearly 94 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.





  [march 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[03/24/17 - 10:05 AM]
Discovery Channel Revs Up Motor Line-Up with New Series "House of Cars" (W/T)
The series, produced by Coolfire Studios, is an original unscripted series that proves building cars isn't just for the pros - it's for anyone who thinks they have what it takes to test their chops on a big build.

[03/24/17 - 10:00 AM]
Leah Remini and Kevin James Reunite on the Two-Part Season Finale of the #1 New Comedy "Kevin Can Wait"
In the two-part finale, Kevin agrees to come out of retirement briefly to reprise his undercover assignment in an ongoing police investigation where he and fellow cop Vanessa Cellucci (Remini) will, once again, pose as husband and wife.

[03/24/17 - 09:30 AM]
AMC to Air Special Edition of "Talking" After Show Following the "Better Call Saul" Season Three Premiere and Finale Episodes
Hosted by Chris Hardwick, the hour-long talk show will feature series cast, producers and celebrity fans discussing the Emmy(R) nominated series' third season.

[03/24/17 - 08:41 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Pulls in Front with NCAA Coverage
The Eye wins the night among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/24/17 - 08:02 AM]
"J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, A Dreamville Film," The Grammy-Nominated Music Star's Second HBO Special, Debuts April 15
In the spirit of his previous outing, this exclusive presentation is a multi-narrative show that combines music performances with intimate interviews documented through Cole's lens.

[03/24/17 - 08:00 AM]
"Charlie Hustle" & "The Big Hurt" Reunite as MLB Analysts for FOX Sports' 2017 Season
"Charlie Hustle" and "The Big Hurt" add to an already impressive baseball cast for FOX Sports, which also includes World Series Champions Alex Rodriguez, and Nick Swisher.

[03/24/17 - 07:26 AM]
Giada De Laurentiis Returns to Her Family's Homeland and Showcases the Food and Culture of Florence in New Season of "Giada in Italy," Premiering Sunday, April 9th at 12PM ET/PT
The series shares Giada's passion for all things Italy - especially the food.

[03/23/17 - 02:46 PM]
CBS Announces Mario Lopez as Host of "Candy Crush" Premiering Sunday, July 9 on CBS
In the new CBS series, the game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology.

[03/23/17 - 02:32 PM]
National Geographic Announces Ensemble Cast for Global Scripted Event Series "The Long Road Home," Based on Martha Raddatz's New York Times Best-Seller
Michael Kelly, Jason Ritter, E.J. Bonilla, Kate Bosworth, Sarah Wayne Callies, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Sisto star in the eight-part series.

[03/23/17 - 01:49 PM]
Bobby Moynihan Cast as Titular Voice of "Happy" for Syfy!
Moynihan joins the previously announced cast led by Chris Meloni, along with Lili Mirojnick, Patrick Fischler, Ritchie Coster and Zabryna Guevara.

[03/23/17 - 01:31 PM]
Amazon Studios to Launch Season Two of "Fortitude" on Prime Video in the US on Friday, April 14
Season two resumes as an Amazon Original Series with noted actor Dennis Quaid (Vantage Point) joining the ensemble cast.

[03/23/17 - 11:15 AM]
Eliza Dushku Joins the #1 New Series "Bull"
Dushku will play J.P. Nunnelly, the savvy head of the best criminal defense firm in New York, who is hired by Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) when a member of his Trial Analysis Corporation team faces prison time.

[03/23/17 - 10:35 AM]
Spike TV Renews "Ink Master" for Season Ten and Greenlights "Ink Master Angels" Special
Season 9 of "Ink Master" debuts this June along with new episodes of spin-off series "Ink Master: Redemption."

[03/23/17 - 10:14 AM]
Final Four Episodes of "Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" Beginning April 25 at 10PM on Science Channel
Freeman will challenge audiences once again to think about daring questions while taking a deeper look at the science behind topics such as hidden forces in the universe, aging, the future of Earth, and gun violence.

[03/23/17 - 10:07 AM]
Peabody Award-Winning Drama Series "The Leftovers" Returns for Its Third and Final Season April 16 on HBO
The Peabody Award-winning drama series follows the lives that were forever changed by the event that shook the world on October 14.