It Now Pays to Play – Planetwide Games Enables Players to Earn Money While Playing "RYL: Path of the Emperor"

Innovative business model for revenue generation is changing online video game market.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) May 18, 2005 -- Planetwide Games (http://www.ryl.net) publisher and distributor of "RYL: Path of the Emperor" has announced today an innovative business model and patent pending process that will enable the player to earn cash while playing "RYL: Path of the Emperor."

Many online games only offer a paid subscription model to player who plays their online games. Planetwide Games is now offering to gamers an alternative way to pay for their online game play. Players who purchase the game will be offered the option to take online surveys that will pay for their monthly online subscriptions and can also earn them income. Online surveys are hosted by GMI, a leading supplier to the global research industry with customers in 40 countries. This new innovative business model (an industry first) rewards players by taking survey and pays cash. Players who earn cash above and beyond their monthly subscription have the ability to earn additional income as they play "RYL: Path of Emperor" according to Planetwide Games President, Kevin Donovan.

"GMI is delighted to secure this partnership. The online gaming industry is evolving rapidly. The need for game publishers to understand online gamers is at an all-time high, not just in the United States, but around the world. This agreement provides a win-win for both gamers and game developers," said Rob Monster, President of GMI.

"RYL: Path of Emperor" is currently available online at www.ryl.net or in trial version at retail outlets like EB Games, EB Canada, GameStop and Best Buy with the full version becoming available at retail June 21, 2005. "RYL: Path of the Emperor" is the first MMORPG to offer a $1,000,000 Grand Prize to the winner of a Player vs. Player Skill-Based Tournament. The "RYL" qualifying tournament will start July 1, 2005 and will end April 30, 2006, culminating in a "RYL: Path of the Emperor" Final Tournament event to be broadcast live and to take place in conjunction with the E3 Video Game Expo in May 2006. Interested players can view more details about the tournament rules and regulations at http://www.RYL.net.

"RYL: Path of the Emperor" is a persistent universe or role-playing game (RPG). RYL players start off at Level 1, with minimal skills and abilities, but over time they gain experience points, through achievement, which allows them to advance to Level 2, and beyond. As "RYL" players advance to each level they discover new and stronger skills, which assist them in their ability to try and survive during all encompassing battles against powerful monsters. In the game, players can choose from 20 character classes and assume the role of a Warrior, Cleric, Mage, and Assassin and then explore the many exotic locations within boundless miles of terrain and virtual real estate. In "RYL: Path of the Emperor," players meet other players in a diverse, real-time environment where thousands of players simultaneously compete and take part in specific quests and missions, fight monsters and other players, battle in Guild vs. Guild duels, buy, sell and trade virtual merchandise, build fortresses and even raise their own virtual Dragon. Lastly, "RYL" players have the chance to receive the ultimate video game reward; to become the actual Emperor of "RYL: Path of the Emperor," Rule over the Land and win $1,000,000.

Some of the many innovative features of "RYL: Path of the Emperor" include:

-- True Player vs. Player (PVP) Action
-- Guild vs. Guild Battles
-- Customized Character Creation
-- Hundreds of Quests
-- Compelling and Intuitive Combat System
-- Innovative, Customizable "Skill System"
-- Upgradeable and Limitless Armor and Weapons System
-- Build Fortresses
-- Create Flying Siege Gliders
-- Commandeer Battering Rams
-- Persistent Universe
-- Thousands of Miles of Treacherous and Exotic Terrain
-- Virtual Real Estate Ownership
-- Become the Emperor and Rule the Land

About Planetwide Games
Based in Costa Mesa, CA, Planetwide Games (a Bluetorch On-Line Games, Inc. company) is establishing itself as a provider of leading online video games and interactive entertainment. Bringing Worlds Together™, Planetwide Games also develops proprietary online technology, software products, and is building a worldwide network of affiliates to distribute video games. Visit http://www.RYL.net or http://www.PlanetwideGames.com. RYL: Path of the Emperor is available for online purchase at http://www.RYL.net and can currently be pre-ordered through video game retailers throughout North America, including EB Games, EB Canada, GameStop, and Best Buy with the full version becoming available on June 21.

About GMI
GMI is the only company that provides integrated Internet applications for global market research, including Net-MR software, 24/7 service bureau capabilities and double opt-in managed panels to provide a single vendor solution for global sample. One of the world’s largest panels, GMI contains 200 country panels, more countries than any other supplier. Rounding out the solutions, GMI also offers the GMIPoll, the only survey that polls global opinions in real time, on-line, and with statistically accurate results. Founded in 1999, GMI has operations on five continents.

More information is available at www.gmi-mr.com.

Company contact:
Mark Politi
VP Sales and Marketing
Planetwide Games
(800) 560-2993 x202
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Media contact:
Rita Tennyson
Terpin Communications
(310) 821-6100 x104
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