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Total Entertainment Network Announces Upcoming Developer Day  

Online Gaming Industry Event to Precede 1997 Computer Game Developers' Conference

SAN FRANCISCO   March 27, 1997  Total Entertainment Network (TEN), the market and technology leader in online multiplayer gaming, today announced its first TEN Developer Day will be held Friday, April 25, 1997 at the Techmart at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  Taking place just prior to the annual Computer Game Developers' Conference (CGDC), the TEN Developer Day will be sponsored by Concentric Network Corporation, a leading network services provider with a high-performance network ideally tuned for multiplayer gaming, and will feature six highly-focused presentations and panels geared to game developers interested in better understanding TEN's technology, network and business strategy. 

A comprehensive day of sessions covering multiplayer game design and development, network and server strategies, and business and marketing issues, the TEN Developer Day will explore the challenges and opportunities currently facing the industry.  In addition, TEN will preview as case studies a number of games currently being integrated for online play during the appropriate conference sessions.  Pre-registration is required and seating is limited, so interested developers are encouraged to visit to sign up and view the conference agenda.

"One of the primary reasons we've become the leader in this market segment is the wealth of expertise we've assembled over the past two years in the areas of design, integration, deployment and support of online multiplayer games," said Jason Rubinstein, director of developer relations at TEN.  "Many developers and publishers are now waking up to online multiplayer gaming as a significant new revenue source  and that's half the battle.  This day of information sharing is intended to equip those same people with the tools and data necessary to fully exploit the opportunity that online gaming represents."

Other TEN events and activities during the CGDC include:

  • The Official CGDC QUAKEä Tournament: Sponsored by Intel Corporation, TEN presents the official CGDC QUAKE Tournament, open to all conference attendees.  The tournament's Championship round will take place in TEN's booth (#402) live on the CGDC show floor on the last day of the conference; the grand prize is a fully-loaded PC based on a 200MHz Pentiumâ processor with MMXä technology.  In support of the tournament, Concentric Network Corporation is offering all participants 30 days of free high-speed Internet access.  CGDC attendees will receive an advance invitation to participate in the tournament and information is also available at TEN's CGDC web site (
  • Previews of TEN Version 1.2:  TEN will also publicly unveil the next version of the TEN user interface, showcasing a host of new features to improve players' communications options as well as facilitating the integration of upcoming titles on TEN.  Further, TEN 1.2 will support the application of enabling technologies such as D.A.R.T. (Data Attribute Reduction Technology) and B.U.L.L.E.T ("Bill's Ultimate Lockstep Lag Eliminator Technology").
  • New Technology Demonstrations: TEN will demonstrate its proprietary game-enabling technologies, including D.A.R.T. and the newly created B.U.L.L.E.T., both of which are designed to address the need of low-latency applications that require reliable packet delivery over congested Internet links.
  • In-Booth Presentations: Senior executives and programmers from TEN will deliver abbreviated versions of their TEN Developer Day presentation onstage in TEN's booth (#402) throughout the three-day exhibition.  The schedule of booth presentations, including the addition of guest presentations from leading developers, is available online ( and will be posted in TEN's booth.

To become a registered TEN developer or to obtain a copy of TEN's Software Developer Kit (SDK), go to  For general information on the company, go to

Concentric Network Corporation, a leading national network service provider, offers customers guaranteed high-speed Internet access over a customized private network.  Concentric Network is known as "the gaming network" because of its state-of-the-art technology that delivers low-fixed latency and high-throughput, resulting in a smooth, real-time multiplayer gaming experience.  For more information, access the Web site at

Total Entertainment Network is the premier entertainment network for game playing consumers on the Internet.  TEN has online rights to more than 30 games  half of which are TEN exclusives  by leading software publishers including 3D Realms Entertainment, Apogee, Blizzard, Eidos Interactive (formerly Domark), id Software, GT Interactive, Maxis, MicroProse, Sierra Online/Papyrus, SSI and Westwood Studios.  Based in San Francisco, TEN was formed in 1995 from the merger of Planet Optigon, Inc. and Outland, Inc.  TEN received its initial funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, with subsequent investors including:  Ameritech; Goldman Sachs; Robertson, Stephens & Co. and Vertex Management.

For More Info, Call

TEN Press Contact:
Garth Chouteau
Tel:  (415) 778-3774
Fax:  (415) 778-3520

Concentric Network
Press Contact:
Katie Greene
Tel:  (408) 342-2885
Fax: (408) 343-2299

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T E Network, Inc.
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