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Level 3 Powers Gaikai's State-of-the-Art, Cloud-Based Streaming Video Game Experiences

Gaikai 's Unique Cloud Gaming Service Increases Reach and Performance - Targets 100M users by end of 2012
Broomfield, CO(10/11/2011) -

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:  LVLT), which provides content and IP-based delivery solutions for some of the world's largest online gaming companies, today announced an agreement with Gaikai, Inc. to deliver a complete high performance, low latency online infrastructure for its cloud gaming service.

Gaikai's interactive network is a cloud gaming service that provides the ability to instantaneously deliver high-end video game experiences directly online, using any Web browser, with no special plugins or downloads required. Partners include Electronic Arts and Walmart, and an affiliate network reaching over 10 million users. To ensure Gaikai is able to provide seamless, superior quality experiences for popular games such as "The SimsÒ," "Mass Effect 2Ò" and "Crysis 2Ò," the company is using Level 3's High Speed IP (HSIP) and Colocation services.

"We've built the fastest, lowest latency interactive network in the world, and plan to expand the capacity to reach even more gamers using Level 3's incredible array of IP services," said David Perry,  CEO of Gaikai.  "We have focused religiously on the quality of the experience and are confident of being able to reach an audience of over 100 million users within the next year."

"We know that when it comes to leading-edge online experiences like cloud gaming, the ability for a gamer to begin playing immediately and become fully immersed in a game is critical," said Jeff Storey, president and chief operating officer at Level 3. "Gaikai's foundation is built upon providing an unparalleled gaming experience that eliminates the need for expensive hardware and cumbersome registration requirements. Their decision to use Level 3's Internet backbone for its services is a testament to the quality and performance of our global network platform."

The Level 3 network is trusted by many leading entertainment and media companies to deliver content to audiences worldwide. The company's services for the gaming industry are similarly designed to seamlessly deliver high-quality online content to end-users, allowing developers and publishers to spend more time designing and developing the best games possible and less time thinking about how to deliver them online.

For more information on Level 3's services for the gaming industry, visit www.level3.com/en/Solutions/industry/Digital-Entertainment/Gaming.aspx

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.  Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. 

About Gaikai Inc.
Gaikai is the world's first interactive cloud streaming platform that provides its partners with the ability to instantly stream state-of-the-art video game and software experiences through the Internet to any web browser, running on any operating system. Headquartered in Southern California, Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon, NEA, Intel Capital, Qualcomm and Limelight Networks. To add Gaikai powered video games to your website please visit: www.gaikai.com/affiliates

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