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The HEAT Is On in Europe

Segasoft Networks Inc. is teaming up with Affinity Internet Holdings Plc, through its new subsidiary, EGO Maniacs.net , to bring the gaming community HEAT.NET to the United Kingdom and Europe.

The two companies signed an exclusive agreement to create Europe.HEAT.NET, a free service that will launch later this summer in the U.K. with 22 games. The service is scheduled to roll out across Switzerland, Holland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Italy by early next year.

"HEAT.NET is growing at a fantastic rate and we're ready for global expansion," said Greg Chiemingo, vice president and acting general manager of HEAT.NET. "The demand from European gamers for their own version of HEAT has been tremendous and we're more than happy to deliver."

After a 30-day trial period, high-speed game play will only be available through the network's exclusive dial-up connection provided by EGO Maniacs.net's sister company, Virtual Internet Provider Ltd. Players will only pay for the cost of their local call.

HEAT.NET claims to be the largest online game playing facility in the U.S. and Canada with over 500,000 users per month spending an average of 68 minutes per session.