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Gamesville, founded in 1995 in Boston, Massachusetts by Steven Kane, Stuart Roseman and John Furse, is a casual gaming portal that is part of the Lycos Network. Gamesville develops and publishes free online games and game shows that are played for cash and other prizes.



Initially, the founders of Gamesville were skeptical of launching a free online bingo game because bingo is traditionally associated with the elderly rather than with the prized demographics most advertisers seek. However, on the day launched in April 1996, the Wall Street Journal ran a story about Gen Xers playing bingo in bars, and Gamesville co-founder Steve Kane is quoted as saying, "It was as if God had whispered to us."

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