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Press Release -- June 23rd, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion

Level 3 Wins Bigpoint GmbH Online Game Delivery

Largest German Online Games Developer/Publisher Selects Level 3 for CDN, Caching Services

LONDON, Jun 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has been selected by Bigpoint GmbH, a worldwide leader in browser-based online games, to deliver content delivery network (CDN) and caching services to support multiple titles within Bigpoint's browser games catalog.

With more than 125 million registrations worldwide, Bigpoint is currently the largest gaming portal in Germany and one of the fastest-growing gaming portal websites in Europe. The company acts as a developer, operator and publisher of browser-based online games and provides game content for media partners around the world. Level 3 is providing CDN and caching services for Bigpoint for multiple titles in both Europe and the U.S.

"With new locations in Berlin and San Francisco, in addition to our Malta offices and our headquarters in Hamburg, this is a big expansion year for Bigpoint, and so it became critical to enlist a CDN provider with the ability to easily scale to support our growth," said Dr. Jan Wergin, chief technology officer with BigPoint. "Level 3 has both the expansive IP network and advanced CDN we need to help ensure a high-quality game playing experience for our users."

Bigpoint's game portal has been translated into several languages, and the company's most popular games are currently played in a number of countries around the world. Bigpoint operates an essentially free game-playing structure, with options available for purchasing "goods" and premium subscriptions within many games. With this largely open model for game-play and a consistently updated catalog of games, the company has experienced significant growth since opening its portal in December 2006.

Whether just a few or hundreds of thousands of users are playing one of these games at once, Level 3's CDN services are designed to support a quality game-playing experience - offering fast, reliable downloads and patches, intelligent traffic management and metrics that inform smart decisions for developers and publishers.

"With Level 3, Bigpoint has access to a team of experts in online media delivery who understand the particular challenges that come with successful online game delivery, such as the importance of download speed and network fault-tolerance," said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. "Leveraging the Level 3 CDN and caching services, Bigpoint can provide end-users with reliable access to its digital games content backed by one of the world's largest Tier 1 IP backbones."

For more information on Level 3's services for the online game industry, please visit www.level3delivers.com/tags/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.

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.

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