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CNET buys Wireless Gaming Review

SAN FRANCISCO-CNET Networks Inc. announced it will acquire WGR Media Inc., which operates the Wireless Gaming Review Web site, in a cash transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The stars are aligning for mobile gaming, and we’re excited to be in the right place at the right time through this acquisition,” said Vince Broady, founder of GameSpot and senior vice president of CNET Networks. “Wireless carriers and games publishers now offer a wide array of fun, sophisticated games for people on the go, and even hard-core gamers are beginning to take notice. Wireless Gaming Review has established clear leadership in covering and championing the category and we are delighted to have them on our side.”

WGR Media offers tips, reviews and news on mobile games, as well as pricing monitors and consulting services. The company has a major deal to offer its information through Sprint PCS.

“We established ourselves as a wireless gaming resource for consumers and executives just as the market started taking off,” said Matthew Bellows, co-founder, editor and publisher of Wireless Gaming Review. “Now, with the market poised to double or triple this year alone, we’re proud to partner with GameSpot and CNET, so we can expand at a faster pace, get in front of millions of new users, and reap the benefits of a crack editorial staff, a state-of-the-art technology platform, and amazing media sales teams. We’re very excited to move to the next level.”

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