Eidos, the games publisher behind the blockbuster title Tomb Raider, has joined the free Internet access bun fight.
Eidos has joined up with Internet service provider Easynet to provide a ?free of subscription? service. Initially it will only be offered in the UK, followed by a roll out into France and Germany.
The service will come with what is now the norm amongst free services - multiple email addresses, 20Mbyte of personal Web space and local call dialup. Telephone support, like other free providers such as Dixon Group?s Freeserve, will cost 50 pence per minute.
Aimed at satisfying the growing multi-player gaming community, Eidos is confident it will become the best connection for multi-player gaming on its titles across the Internet.
The service will be offered with Eidos PC CD-Rom based games sold in the UK. It will also be possible to subscribe directly from the Eidosnet web site at www.eidosnet.co.uk.
?It is becoming increasingly important for us to offer our customers a wide variety of services and a rich experience on the Web,? commented Charles Cornwall, chief executive of Eidos
Industry watchdog Oftel has been looking into the sudden trend for ?free subscription? services that have sprung up in the UK, triggered by Freeserve.
It confirmed it is releasing a ?consultation paper? on this and other Internet issues as early as next week.
?We have been looking at how revenues are split,? said an Oftel spokesperson, ?The industry has not come to any conclusions, so we are asking any interested parties and consumers to respond to comments we make in the paper.?
Oftel denied that it wants to see the demise of ?free of subscription? services. ?Absolutely not, we don?t see the end of them,? said the spokesperson.
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