Foxtel has dropped its interactive games service, Gamesworld, effective from today.
On Channel 555, it offered three genres of games, Kids Family, Brainteaser Trivia and Casino Sport as an additional fee-based service between $6.95 – $16.95 per month. It had also partnered with the Australian organisation TwoWayTV for its Brainteaser Trivia games.
Foxtel issued a brief statement saying: “From Tuesday 30 June 2009, Gamesworld will no longer be available as part of Foxtel’s service. After carefully considering Gamesworld’s place in Australia’s growing games market, Foxtel has decided to remove the service and use this bandwidth to provide even greater customer choice through the addition of new channels and more interactive services in 2009.”
In 2007 when it offered a free weekend of gaming access as part of a re-launch, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Content, Product Development and Delivery Patrick Delany said: “Part of the Foxtel offering is providing services above and beyond core television programs. Our interactive services, such as games, complement our TV offerings and have enjoyed strong support in the past.”