Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced it is providing content delivery network (CDN) services, including caching and storage, for Berlin-based startup wooga GmbH, a developer of popular games for social networks like Facebook. As of June 2010, wooga’s Bubble Island game was one of the top-25 Facebook games in the world, with more than six million users in approximately 150 countries. The company also currently ranks as the eighth largest game developer on Facebook. At present, wooga has three live game titles, Brain Buddies, Bubble Island and Monster World. Under the terms of the contract, Level 3 is providing CDN support for all three titles. “Since our first game launched in 2009, our monthly active user numbers have grown exponentially – we’re currently seeing more than seven billion requests for our game content per month. As our business grows, we need a CDN that can grow with us,” said Jens Begemann, founder and chief executive officer of wooga. “Level 3’s caching and storage services allow us to focus on creating games that people around the world want to play, without worrying about meeting bandwidth demand or adding infrastructure to accommodate growth.” With Level 3 Origin Storage services, developers and publishers like wooga have direct access to Level 3’s Tier 1 IP backbone and the ability to scale their storage as the need arises without having to incur the cost of building out or managing additional infrastructure on their own. Level 3 Caching services provide gaming companies with a cost-effective means of securely delivering game content leveraging Level 3’s highly connected IP network and more than 35 strategically placed caching locations around the world. When an end-user requests wooga’s game content, the request is intelligently directed to the optimum Level 3 caching location, resulting in the same fast, reliable user experience whether the user is playing in Berlin or Boston.
“For game companies like wooga, who’ve experienced rapid growth over a short period of time, Level 3’s caching and storage solutions provide a particularly attractive alternative to costly infrastructure investments,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. “By working with Level 3, wooga has access to the network reach and scalability they need to consistently deliver quality content to customers all over the world, supported by a team of experts in content delivery.”From content capture to consumption, Level 3 works with game developers and publishers to tailor solutions – from intelligent traffic management to metrics to support for major launches – to meet their specific needs. For more information on the services Level 3 provides for the gaming industry, please visit www.level3delivers.com/channels/gaming. 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. Forward-Looking Statement Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3’s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.