.....The week after we got back from Aur we were visited by Jeff Liebowitz, the president of Engage Games Online in the States.
was a company dedicated to putting games on the Internet, much like TEN or Mpath.
Despite the similarity of their name, they were not related to us.
They were the owners of the American gamesonline.com domain, however, which we had asked Sembawang
to reserve for us some months earlier, when it was still available.
That nasty chicken had come home to roost.
was in town to talk with Pacific Internet
, and was making a general tour of Asia.
We gave him the GOL tour and showed him Cyberpunk Online.
was enthusiastic, and told us that he
would like to put Cyberpunk on Engage
We were encouraged, since we'd had little advanced warning of his
visit and had delivered an on-the-fly presentation.
A relationship with Engage
seemed like a possible answer to the issue of how to distribute CP Online, although it raised some financial questions, as the return per-hour would not be very high and none of the online game services were making money.
Still, it meant an outlet and a possible marketing partner.
had weaker content than the other Internet gaming services, and we thought Cyberpunk would make a nice addition to their catalogue.
We stayed in touch with Liebowitz
was closed down, keeping him updated on our progress (or lack thereof).
We thought he
might provide a link to Engage's parent company, Interplay, when we were looking for investors, but nothing ever came of it.
Nick Lee, CEO of Pacific Internet and COO of Sembawang Media built on his relationship with Liebowitz, however.