Internet giant Yahoo is to address falling advertising revenues by offering online gaming, the group said over the weekend.
Yahoo is testing its Games All-Star Package which will offer surfers the opportunity to use existing games with the option of forming leagues and host tournaments.
The offering, which will cost a minimum of $8 a month, will not add to the existing games currently operated by Yahoo, which include Blackjack, Checkers and others.
One major bonus is the option of forming private chat rooms, thereby avoiding "the riffraff in the public rooms", according to the company.
Yahoo confirmed that the services are undergoing tests but offered no further details at present.
Analysts said that online gaming would see a lot of experimentation before it becomes possible to gauge what the public will pay for.
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