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Total Entertainment Network Selects Concentric Network for Access to Premier Multiplayer Online Gaming Action

Total Entertainment Network Selects Concentric Network for Access to Premier Multiplayer Online Gaming Action

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- May 16, 1996 -- Concentric Network Corp., a leading provider of online network services and Total Entertainment Network, the leading interactive entertainment network for game playing consumers, announced today that the Concentric Network has been selected as the preferred means of access for TEN. As an alternative to using a standard Internet connection, TEN users will have the option of connecting to TEN through the Concentric Network, which provides a reliable low-latency connection for top-performance fast-action game play.

"The Concentric Network provides the high performance, low latency network access needed to take advantage of the advanced features of today's online games," said Jack Heistand, TENs president and CEO.

Concentric Network will provide local dialup access to TEN over 30,000 local exchanges and 3,000 communities in North America. The two companies are beta testing the virtual private network for TEN and expect to launch services commercially later this year.

Total Entertainment Network is committed to creating the premier consumer network for online gaming, and chose the Concentric Network as its preferred gateway after analyzing network performance. By building the most technologically advanced Internet platform, TEN enables software publishers to make their content, including fast-action games, playable across the country. On top of the platform, TEN provides a full-featured service so that the interaction of the games is supported within a stylized, cohesive, social environment.

"Comparisons of the online gaming experience on the Concentric Network versus an Internet connection show that Concentric can provide the high performance and low, fixed latency necessary to really experience the advanced virtual reality feel of TENs highly graphical games," said Henry R. Nothhaft, Concentrics president and CEO. "The performance advantage is key for competitive multiplayer action."

About TEN

Total Entertainment Network, based in San Francisco, is committed to creating the premier consumer network for gaming on the Internet. TEN has online rights to more than twenty different games, over half of which are TEN exclusives, by leading software publishers including 3D Realms/Apogee, Blizzard, Domark, Maxis, MicroProse, Spectrum HoloByte, and SSI. 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; and Robertson, Stephens & Company; and Vertex Management. TENs web address is

About Concentric Network Corporation

Concentric Network Corp., based in Cupertino, Calif., is a leading provider of custom communications solutions designed to connect people to information, entertainment and other people. Founded in 1991, the company is privately held. The company has designed and is building a "next-generation" network. Today, the network provides low latency and fast file transfers using high-performance frame relay technology. Delivering access at speeds of up to 28.8 kilobits per second, the Concentric Network offers fast, high-quality, individual dial-up service to consumers in the United States and Canada and network access on a custom basis to businesses across North America. Concentric Networks web address is

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