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CNN/SI Interactive in Partnerships to Create Sports Games

CNN/SI Interactive said it formed three partnerships to create electronic sports games offerings for the computer game market.

The latest developments offer users news and reviews, a place to play online mu1ti-player games and a software store where users can purchase CD-ROM games.

CNNSI.com and Online Gaming Review (OGR) are creating The Playing Field, a site offering sports gameplayers the latest information on new and upcoming games, including previews, reviews, strategies, etc.

With electronic software distribution firm TestDrive Corp., the company recently launched the CNN/SI Sports Software Store, a store in which users can test interactive sports games and screen savers and purchase them through a secure online commerce system.

And, CNNSI.com and mplayer.com partnered to create the CNN/SI Sports Channel on mplayer.com, a sports game community where users can access popular online multi-player games and premier online events such as the upcoming CNN/SI Links Challenge, an online golf tournament.

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"There is a very strong correlation between sports gameplayers, PC usage and the attraction to sports Web sites," said Steve Zales, CNN/SI Interactive general manager. "We intend to meet the many interests of this audience by providing news, reviews, games and opportunities to purchase, in addition to the comprehensive sports coverage at CNNSI.com."

CNNSI.com is Time Warner's sports Web site featuring up-to-the minute scores, news, statistics and analysis of domestic and international sports, as well as free fantasy sports, live video-streaming and a local sports section for more than 150 cities.