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Reuters Internet Report
Yahoo Launches New Fee-Based Games Service
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Reuters) - Yahoo! Inc. (YAHOO - news) on Thursday launched a new fee-based games service, saying the growth of the online games business was outpacing other forms of online entertainment.
The new service, call Yahoo! Games All-Star, will let serious players run their own private game rooms, and set up tournaments and chat rooms.
Subscription to the new service will be priced at $7.95 for one month, $19.95 for three months and $59.95 for one year.
Yahoo said it will continue to make its online games available for free, but will charge people using the new community and personalization features.
``With this new service, Yahoo! Games is evolving to meet the entertainment needs of a growing base of online games enthusiasts,'' Dan Hart, senior director of Yahoo Games, said in a statement.
Yahoo said its games site hosts 140,000 simultaneous players at peak times, and hosts 3.5 billion minutes of online game-play per month.