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Digital River, MicroProse Partner for Online Sale Of Games

Digital River said it signed a partnership agreement with game publisher MicroProse Inc. to enable the online sale of MicroProse's PC games.

Digital River said it now manages the Internet sale and delivery of 19 of MicroProse's top-selling products, including MechCommander and Civilization II, as well as the five most recently released titles. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

Digital River hosts and manages MicroProse's electronic commerce site, including all order and secure credit card transaction processing. Additionally, Digital River handles the physical distribution of MicroProse's titles that are sold through Digital River's extensive network of online software dealers. MicroProse is also using Digital River's online phone ordering capabilities, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Digital River said it is providing physical fulfillment of all orders via FedEx or UPS. . . due to the large file sizes, these games will not be made available for electronic download, a spokesman said.

"Digital River's online marketing system provides a new opportunity to reach additional buyers," said Jeff Forestier, senior vice president of sales for MicroProse. "Digital River's reporting and graphic analysis systems give us the sophisticated tracking and reporting ability we need to measure the success of our promotional efforts."

Digital River provides more than 1,500 software publishers and online dealers with its proprietary technology for Internet delivery of more than 120,000 software and other digital products.

Global Retail Intra-Net Introduces New Web Site and Catalog Service Global Retail Intra-Net in Lino Lakes, MN said it has signed an agreement with Elite Fashions I.C.S., which will offer Global's GRIN Web site and interactive catalog development services.

The service is aimed at small to medium sized apparel companies. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The new GRIN service will specialize in offering an online presence by developing a "highly marketable Web site and state-of-the-art interactive electronic catalog capable of worldwide commercial transactions," the company said.

A demo is available here. Global Retail Intra-Net (GRIN) provides Internet-related knowledge networking solutions to small and medium sized businesses across the design, manufacturing and distribution segments of the apparel industry.