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Stream Theory and eGames Partner for Online Rental of Family Friendly PC Games.

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2001

Stream Theory Technology Enables Dial-up and Broadband Users to Skip

Downloading and Installing Steps When Renting Popular Games Online

Stream Theory, Inc., an innovative start-up with proprietary technology to quickly deliver software applications over Internet, wireless, and other delivery platforms, and eGames, Inc.,(TM) (OTCBB:EGAM) a developer and publisher of a diversified line of personal computer software for family entertainment and personal productivity, today announced strategic initiative that will lead to the official launch of a Family Friendly(TM) online rental games web site this summer. The site will be an extension of the existing eGames.com web site that currently offers games for trial and purchase. Stream Theory's patent-pending streaming technology allows users to point, click and run PC game software over the Internet almost instantly and without installation.

"Stream Theory's online rental technology and customer billing solution will allow us to offer versatile play and payment options to our customers," says Jerry Klein, president and chief executive officer of eGames. "Game rental will compliment our retail and online sales programs and greatly expand our reach to customers on the Internet."

eGames rental customers will have access to free-play and subscription channels that span a vast library of family-oriented games. Stream It buttons easily identify the streaming games throughout eGames.com. After registration customers simply choose a game, click the Stream It button and, after a brief 'jumpstarting' period, play the game. eGames will offer an ever-changing assortment of titles, including 3D Creation Station, Bingo, Blast Thru, Casino, Mini Golf Master, Spooky Castles, and MahJongg Master 2.

"According to the Interactive Digital Software Association, video game rental revenue was $880 million last year," says Steig Westerberg, president and chief executive officer of Stream Theory. "Software rental is now migrating online through entertainment channels and pay-per-play. eGames, an innovator in retail sales and product marketing programs, is leading the way in the emerging software rental world by offering their Family Friendly games to consumers at the click of a mouse. We are excited to be working with eGames in this new venture."

The first time that users choose to stream, it will result in a brief process whereby the 1.9MB Stream Theory Player is installed on their PC. Because the software is streamed to the users desktop, there is no installation, no downloading, and no uninstalling of files. Users can simply play the game without having to worry about the game affecting their desktop settings or hard drive.

About Stream Theory, Inc.:

Stream Theory is a leading service provider for delivering and managing software applications across the Internet and on CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs. Windows 9X/Me applications are made available online for trial or rent on web sites of Stream Theory partners, including leading software publishers, portals and e-tailers. To initiate use of software applications on these web sites, users bypass cumbersome downloads and installations by simply clicking Stream It buttons. The patent-pending process enables local execution of applications, provides a secure environment to protect intellectual property, and simplifies software distribution and usage. The Internet service is an integral feature on many high-profile web sites. Stream Theory partners include Interplay.com, Infogrames, IDG Games Media Group, Babbage's Etc., NovaLogic and NewWorld.com. Hundreds of applications from over 80 software publishers are currently available for online streaming distribution. Founded in 1996, Stream Theory is a privately held company headquartered in Moffett Field, Calif. For more information, please visit Stream Theory at www.streamtheory.com.

About eGames, Inc.:

eGames, Inc., headquartered in Langhorne, PA, develops, publishes and markets a diversified line of personal computer software primarily for consumer entertainment and personal productivity. The Company promotes the eGames(TM), Game Master Series(TM), Multi-Pack and Galaxy of Home Office Help(TM) brand names in order to generate customer loyalty, encourage repeat purchases and differentiate eGames Software products to retailers and consumers. eGames, Inc. distributes its Family Friendly value-priced computer software to consumers worldwide in more than 30 countries through both direct relationships with many retailers, as well as through various distributor relationships. Additional information regarding eGames, Inc. can be found on the Company's web site at www.egames.com.
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