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LINK TO THE SIERRA NETWORK WILL BRING MORE FUN AND GAMES TO PRODIGY SERVICE MEMBERS

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prodigy service and the Sierra Network (TSN) have signed a letter of intent to form a strategic alliance that will significantly increase the potential market for both online services through electronic cross-linkages and joint product development and marketing.
 This is the first alliance between two major online networks and will allow on-demand access to an unprecedented collection of online information and content.
 The Prodigy service connects families with home computers to up-to- the-minute news, weather, stocks and sports scores; education and reference databases; games and entertainment; bulletin boards and electronic mail; brokerage, banking and tools for personal financial management; travel ticketing and electronic shopping.
 The Sierra Network is a nationwide, electronic amusement park that brings people together for live, interactive fun and games through IBM PC and PC-compatible computers. Its many action-packed multiplayer games include Red Baron, the World War I combat simulator, The Shadow of Yserbius, a fantasy role-playing game, plus Chess, Bridge and dozens of other classic games played by two or more people who may be thousands of miles apart.
 "Choice is what today's online customers wants, and that's what this alliance delivers in abundance," said James A. Galambos, general manager of Prodigy's entertainment and education line of business. Added Philip J. Monego, Sr., general manager of the Sierra Network, "These two networks, while distinctly differnet, complement each other well. Together, they run the gamut of interests for all ages."
 As part of the alliance, Prodigy and TSN will create a link so Prodigy service members will be able to access a unique Prodigy version of The Sierra Network. They'll be able to engage in real-time games and chat with TSN members. This linkage will be priced on both metered and flat-rate bases, and will be in addition to a Prodigy service membership. Over time, the companies plan joint development of more proprietary software content.
 Prodigy Service Company is a partnership of IBM and Sears. The Sierra Network is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra On-Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIER), located in Oakhurst, Calif., which publishes entertainment and education software for IBM PCs, PC-compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers, and Sega-CDs.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Hein of Prodigy Services Company, 914-993-8789; or Audrey Mann to Technology Solutions, 212-505-9900/
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CO: Prodigy Services Company; The Sierra Network ST: New York, California IN: CPR SU: JVN

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