WEBSITE Freeloader http:/r’www.freeloadercom
All the games you could wish for- and they're free Harry Holmwood, chief executive of Pure Entertainment, seems to be stating the obvious when he explains the thinking behind PE’s new venture Freeloadercom. ’We had a long hard look at the net and decided that what people wanted were free games,’ he says. Launching at the end of May, Freeloader.com will offer premium software titles to the public for no charge. All that is required is a modem and the willingness to answer a few marketing questions as your game downloads. Seem too good to be true?
'When you hand over £30 to a shop for a game, at most only £2 reaches the developer,’ he says. 'A little research showed us that advertising on a website could pay this cost and allow users to download quality titles for nothing.’ And it would appear that developers agree. With 50 titles already licensed and plans afoot for a further 30 to become available over the next six months, Freeloader.com has much to offer. And there are many who are eager to take advantage. 'A month before our official launch and our beta test site has more subscribers than Lastminute.com,’ he claims. If all goes to plan Freeloader.com will be huge.
’We’ve taken our time, ensuring that everything works and works well,’ he says. 'Currently, we have 2000 servers up and running and will have 4000 more by the end of the year. This will ensure that downloads will be quick.’ How quick? ’The games are downloaded level by level so, at the moment, a game like GTA takes around twenty minutes for the game engine but less than five minutes for each subsequent level.
Once ADSL comes in you’re talking about under a tenth . of that time.’
And the games themselves? ’Apart from Pure Entertainment’s own software like Rat Attack, Take 2 have licensed us a good portion of their catalogue. GTA, Hidden And Dangerous and Wild Metal Country will all be available. It also gives an opportunity to those developers who find publishing games a loss-maker. Very soon we will have first-time games only available on Freeloader.’
Whether Freeloader.com will revolutionise the industry is uncertain. What is certain is that everyone loves a freebie. (lain Davidson)
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