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RealNetworks Announces a Major Innovation in Social Casino Games: A Sweepstakes With $100,000 Cash Prizes

SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK) today announced GameHouse Casino Plus — the first social casino game to use a sweepstakes to offer U.S. consumers an opportunity to win a life-changing cash prize. Based on Real's highly regarded GameHouse Casino product on Facebook, Casino Plus offers this breakthrough via a seamless connection with a monthly sweepstakes promotion. Each month, one lucky entrant will win $100,000. The cash sweepstakes will be available to Facebook users in 31 states and Washington DC beginning tomorrow, August 1, 2013. Consumers who live outside of these territories will be eligible to enter a monthly virtual coins sweepstakes.

Rob Glaser, founder and interim CEO of RealNetworks, revealed this industry game-changer during a keynote speech today at Casual Connect in San Francisco.

"The social casino space is ripe for innovation," Glaser said. "Now all games on GameHouse Casino Plus — slots, video poker, blackjack and roulette — will offer players the opportunity to collect Golden Tickets, which they can use to enter the Golden Dreams Sweepstakes and have a chance to win $100,000. This goes far beyond the industry standard of virtual coins and makes a fun game even more exciting."

"This is a powerful approach," said Ken Murphy, vice president and general manager of GameHouse. "GameHouse Casino Plus now delivers the excitement of a chance to win real cash through a staple of American culture, a sweepstakes."

Additional details about GameHouse Casino Plus and the Golden Dreams Sweepstakes:

  • Available on Facebook. Mobile platforms coming soon.
  • GameHouse has implemented a rigorous system to ensure sweepstakes entrants are eligible to win only if they meet certain age and residency restrictions. For more information on eligibility, visit apps.facebook.com/gamehousecasino.
  • The first nationwide sweepstakes runs from August 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013, and the final winner will be announced in September 2013.
  • New sweepstakes will launch on the first of every month and close on the last day of each month.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter or win the Golden Dreams Sweepstakes. To enter, visit apps.facebook.com/gamehousecasino. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules for details.

About GameHouse
GameHouse develops and distributes games that people love to play and share —all across the widest mix of channels including social, smartphone, tablets, and download. Today more than 50 million players enjoy GameHouse games, a number that grows daily through a diverse business model that includes direct-to-consumer websites, social game development, and cross platform publishing, licensing, and technology. For more information, please visit www.gamehouse.com or for a list of Facebook titles, visit: http://www.gamehouse.com/facebook-games.

About RealNetworks, Inc.
RealNetworks creates innovative products and services that make it easy for people to connect with and enjoy digital media. RealNetworks invented the streaming media category and continues to connect consumers with their digital media both directly and through partners, aiming to support every network, device, media type and social network. Find RealNetworks corporate information at www.realnetworks.com  

RealNetworks and its respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of RealNetworks. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including statements relating to the launch of GameHouse Casino Plus, and expectations regarding the cash sweepstakes promotion. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements.  Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted include the quickly evolving nature of the market and competitive factors such as the emergence of new entrants in the market. More information about potential risk factors that could affect RealNetworks' business is included in RealNetworks' annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent year ended December 31, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and in other reports and documents filed by RealNetworks from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which are in effect as of their respective dates.

SOURCE RealNetworks, Inc.

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