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Userplane Adds Live Two-Player Games to Its Instant Message Platform


Wednesday, January 24, 2007; 05:41 AM

Userplane (www.userplane.com), a popular instant messaging platform among online communities and a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL, today announced the availability of online two-player games within the Userplane Webmessenger instant messaging platform. Users can now play games right from the IM window.

Userplane Webmessenger users have their choice of four two-player games: Fruit Mixup, a popular “match three” puzzle game; Seabattle, a game in which users try to locate the position of battleships; Truth, a question-and-answer game designed to help two people get to know each other; and Trivia, which tests trivia buffs’ brainpower.

“Userplane is always looking for ways to enhance online user interaction. These new two-player games offer users a fun and safe way to interact with each other,” said Michael Jones, CEO of Userplane and vice president of AOL.

Users of the free, ad-supported Userplane Webmessenger client can now play these games on their current instant messaging client. For larger online communities that do not use the ad-supported version of Webmessenger, site administrators can choose to turn on the online gaming feature for their users.

Spark Networks® plc (AMEX: LOV), a leading provider of online personals services, recently enabled the gaming feature for a number of its online communities, including JDate®, AmericanSingles® and CollegeLuv®.

“One of our primary goals at Spark Networks is to smooth the process of introduction by making it easier for singles to meet and get to know one another,” said Greg Liberman, president and chief operating officer, Spark Networks. “Userplane’s games allow our members to do just that in a fun, low-pressure environment.”

More than 100,000 online communities – from social-networking giant MySpace.com to tiny niche sites – power their own private-label IM and chat networks with Userplane Webmessenger and Userplane Webchat.

About Userplane

A wholly owned subsidiary of AOL, Userplane is the world’s premier communication platform for online communities. The company’s hosted applications enable instant community and communication for websites of any scale and audience. The combination of instant and elegant with robust and powerful has made the platform a must-have for thriving sites worldwide - supporting millions of daily users. Founded in 2001 by long-time partners Michael Jones, Nate Thelen, and Javier Hall, Userplane is a diverse and talented team headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.



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