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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

SHEFFIELD, England - March 13, 2014 – GameSessions, a new service that uses super-fast downloads to give players a chance to try full games before they buy them, today announced that its public beta is now live. DiRT Showdown GameSessions Edition, the high-octane, full-contact arcade racing game from Codemasters packed full of speed, style and destruction, is the first title available on service. Gamers interested in checking out the service can go to:

A GameSession is a trial of the full game, with the whole experience digitally delivered to your PC via new super-fast download technology. You get to play the aspects of the game that interest you for a time determined by the publisher and then if you like the game, you can purchase the whole game instantly, in-game. There’s no waiting for a different version to be delivered, the GameSessions Edition is simply unlocked and you can play on from where you left off.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with GameSessions to give gamers the chance to play the full version of DiRT Showdown for free before purchase,” said Edd Newby-Robson, Senior Brand Manager, Codemasters. “GameSessions offers a fantastic way to reach new gamers in a new way - our games are our best advert, so for players to get the full DiRT Showdown experience before buying is a unique and exciting prospect for us.”

 “We believe that every good PC game will reach its widest possible audience through GameSessions and that one day every game will allow free play before purchase,” Ed French, CEO of Tangentix Ltd.

Thanks to the ground-breaking Tangentix technology that underlies GameSessions, you can download a full copy of DiRT Showdown today in less than 1/3rd of the normal bandwidth and be ready to play in 1/3rd of the normal time. There’s also no streaming, so you won’t experience buffering problems or lag issues as the game runs at its full frame rate on your PC.

Once downloaded, you can explore the game as you wish. If you like action-packed, full-contact racing, you can spend your trial putting pedal to metal on courses from Miami to Michigan, or if you want to send your rival’s cars to its metallic death by plunging it from an elevated arena, then Knock Out is going to be your mode. With GameSessions, you’re not tied to a ring-fenced demo – so enjoy the whole game, however you choose. All the code is running on your PC, so you can get a good idea of how much you like the game before you part with any money.

GameSessions will work for nearly every title available on Steam, and after you purchase the game, it joins your Steam library and is managed and, if necessary, patched from there.

GameSessions is from Tangentix Ltd, a team of keen and bright programmers, who also happen to be gamers, based in the UK. It has been born from new mathematics developed at the University of Bradford and a series of patent-backed innovations that change the way games are discovered, delivered and purchased. The company is venture backed and has deals with a number of major publishers and media partners.

NOTE to Media:


A press meeting will be held at 4:30pm on Wednesday 19th March at the GameSessions suite at the St Regis Hotel, San Francisco- only yards away from the Moscone Center where GDC is taking place.

Please contact: for an invite.

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Sean Kauppinen

International Digital Entertainment Agency (IDEA)