GAMESPOT E3 2011 LIVE VIEWERSHIP UP 300% OVER 2010
More than 2 Million Hours Spent on GameSpot during E3
Traffic Driven by GameSpot's Live Coverage of All Major Press Conferences, Exclusive Interviews And Live Reporting from the Show Floor
SAN FRANCISCO ‒ June 10, 2011 - GameSpot (http://www.gamespot.com/), a leading source for gaming information online, today reported it saw a 300% increase in live video views during E3 2011 over the previous year, with users spending a total of 2.2 million hours on the site. Across its Mobile platforms, GameSpot's iPhone and iPad apps and the GameSpot mobile site saw their highest daily traffic to date.
Gamers worldwide turned to GameSpot (http://e3.gamespot.com/) for live streaming coverage of all major press conferences from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, as well as hundreds of news articles and game reviews from GameSpot editorial staff. GameSpot was first to show PlayStation Vita's multi-media capabilities and first to offer a video walk-through of the controller for the Nintendo Wii-U. Exclusives also included live stage demos with the creative talent behind the show's hottest games including Batman: Arkham City, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Tomb Raider.
"E3 is the biggest and most important show for the gaming industry, and we wanted to create an experience that would make gamers feel like they were at the show with us. To do so, we delivered a record 80-plus hours of video streaming across GameSpot's online and mobile platforms and via partners like YouTube, Yahoo!, Ustream and Livestream," said John Davison, Vice President of Programming, GameSpot.
In addition to its live event coverage, GameSpot coverage featured two user-directed cameramen. Directed by real-time feedback from the GameSpot audience, the cameramen roamed the show floor getting shots of the games, booths and celebrities that the users at home wanted to see most.
GameSpot users showed most excitement about the latest installments in major franchises such as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Amongst hardware announcements, Nintendo's new tablet-like handheld, the Wii-U, seized the lion's share of attention on the site.
"The big surprise for me was Nintendo's Wii-U; clearly acknowledging the influence of devices like the iPad, it faces some major challenges, which provoked a lot of debate among GameSpot users," said Davison.
GameSpot's (www.GameSpot.com/) expert editorial team provides more than a million daily visitors with comprehensive, engaging and unbiased game information for console, PC and portable platforms. The site's award-winning coverage includes previews and reviews on the hottest titles, breaking news, live Web casts, online tournaments, game downloads, videos, guides, hints and more. GameSpot also has one of the most active online gaming communities fueled by a free, innovative social networking service that makes it easy and fun for gamers to meet and interact with other like-minded enthusiasts. The GameSpot family also includes GameFAQs, Game Rankings and GameSpot Trax, the industry's premier real-time market intelligence tool. GameSpot is a property of CBS Interactive.
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