On Monday, the company announced it has taken a minority stake in Super Computer International (SCI), a company that hosts online games for multiplayer video-game developers and publishers, such Microsoft and Sony.

Verizon and SCI have been working together since last year, when Verizon introduced its Verizon Game Network (VGN), a video game messenger application that lets users easily join one another online to play interactive games. The service, which costs $7.95 per month, allows subscribers to create their own private servers and invite other players to play with them. Players can also track statistics for games they play and chat with friends using voice over IP technology.