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Partnership intended to enable rapid deployment, reliable delivery and improved experiences for today's developers and online gamers

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today announced a partnership with Solid State Networks, a leading provider of game deployment solutions and resources that provide game developers and publishers with a platform to quickly and reliably deploy, deliver and manage online games.

Solid State Networks and Akamai will work together with the goal of accelerating game downloads, updates and player interactions. The integration is intended to enhance speed and security across cloud, web and online platforms, including mobile devices. It also pairs a flexible and reliable global infrastructure with the business intelligence companies leverage to cost-effectively deliver the ultimate online gaming experiences while driving uptake and reducing abandonment.

"The online game industry is a continuously evolving and highly competitive market, and our mission is to provide developers and publishers everything they need to get their online game ready to play," said Rick Buonincontri, CEO at Solid State. "By partnering with Akamai, we are leveraging an unmatched capacity, scale, and geographic reach to further reduce friction that can negatively impact player acquisition and retention. We expect our customers to benefit from a fully optimized and integrated workflow deployment solution that delivers on today's gamers' expectations, so they can focus on making great games."

Thanks to the partnership, game studios are afforded the opportunity to incorporate Akamai during the early stages of development and take advantage of those benefits throughout the entire game lifecycle. This can help smaller and independent studios more easily scale to support their success.

"Game files are getting bigger and being released more frequently than ever. Launches, updates and patches all pose unique delivery and security challenges for game developers and publishers," said Kris Alexander, chief strategist, connected devices and gaming, at Akamai. "We believe that the Solid State Networks DIRECT solution, when coupled with Akamai's Intelligent Platform, will allow developers and publishers of all types and sizes to deploy their games globally with confidence and deliver at the speed of player demand."

As part of the arrangement, Solid State joins Akamai's NetAlliance Program. The program extends the existing capabilities of Akamai's content delivery solutions and includes best-of-breed partners that provide robust and superior workflow solutions to customers worldwide. By partnering with Akamai, Solid State gains access to the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, a distributed network of more than 170,000 servers and software across 102 countries within more than 1,300 networks.

Akamai will be exhibiting in Game Developers Conference booth 2310, March 4-6, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About Solid State Networks

Solid State Networks is the developer of the industry leading game deployment solution DIRECT. Solid State Networks has worked with the leading game studios and publishers to facilitate the digital deployment of online content-driven games to players worldwide. For more information about Solid State Networks and how DIRECT can optimize the deployment of your online games, visit www.solidstatenetworks.com, you can also follow @SolidStateNet on Twitter.

About Akamai

Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.