Disney Gambles on Skillgames

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by Sarangel, May 10, 2001.

  1. Sarangel

    Sarangel <font color=red><font color=navy>Rumor has it ...<

    Jan 18, 2000
    Walt Disney Co. is backing an online pay-to-play games venture set to begin operating next month, dismissing criticism that the operation smacks of Internet gambling that's contrary to the No. 3 media and entertainment company's family-friendly image, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    "It does raise eyebrows,'' said Andrew Wilder, press secretary for Senator Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican and chief Senate sponsor of a bill to ban Internet gambling, the Times reported.

    Disney says that unlike gambling, where payout is determined by chance, the new Internet pay-to-play game will reward knowledge and skill, the newspaper said. The Web site and company running it will be called Skillgames, the Times said.

    "From Disney's perspective, all of it has been incredibly carefully vetted,'' said Dick Glover, an executive vice president in Disney's Internet Group, the newspaper reported.

    Skillgames, an idea of Priceline.com Inc. founder Jay S. Walker, will pay $1 million prizes and bar children under 18 from the games and limit each player's losses to $300 a month, the Times reported. Disney is the third-largest media and entertainment company, training AOL Time Warner Inc. and Viacom Inc.
    Source: AOL News
  2. DVC-Landbaron

    DVC-Landbaron What Would Walt Do?

    Jul 21, 2000
    How sad!!:( :( :confused: :( :(
  3. JeffJewell

    JeffJewell DIS Veteran

    Oct 5, 2000
    ...Eisner demonstrating a crystal clear vision of the type of productions upon which Disney built its revered status and zealous fan loyalty.


  4. Mousekateer55

    Mousekateer55 DIS Veteran

    Nov 16, 2000
    What is the [Walt Disney] World coming to?

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