SALT LAKE CITY, May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Jam – Play Wild! by WildWorks was named "Best App for Kids" at the Google Play Awards at Google I/O 2017, highlighting the year's best apps and games across twelve categories. With more than 85 billion apps and games downloaded on Google Play over the past year, Animal Jam was chosen from the five nominated kid-focused apps for its family-friendly design that encourages creativity, exploration and education for kids.
The twelve winners, in worldwide categories ranging from standout startups and indies to most innovative app designs, were selected by cross-functional teams throughout Google who work hand-in-hand with the relevant categories and product areas. Each category had its own specific criteria, but met common requirements for all chosen apps including high star ratings, freshness and technical performance.
"It's a huge honor for Animal Jam - Play Wild! to be recognized by Google with such a prestigious award," said Clark Stacey, CEO of WildWorks. "Our hope is that we inspire kids to learn about the natural world through our online world, and empower them to learn the skills they need to safely navigate the Internet. Google's three pillars for this category – creativity, exploration and education – are especially meaningful for us because we're always looking for different and engaging ways to help kids explore their passions for animals and the outdoors."
In Animal Jam – Play Wild!, players can chat with friends, play games, and learn about the natural world around them from in-game videos, animal facts and downloadable e-books. The app has garnered over 5.5 million lifetime downloads and has consistently been among the top three most-downloaded apps for iOS and Android devices in the Kids and Family categories in the United States.
Play Wild! is available for free in the Amazon App Store, Apple App Store, and Google Play Store. To learn more about Animal Jam, visit www.animaljam.com.
WildWorks is an interactive entertainment company that creates super fun games for kids. Its audience expertise, brilliant game design, and dedication to ethical online commerce ensures that both parents and kids feel happy and safe during playtime. A kid's attention is a terrible thing to waste, which is why WildWorks is committed to constantly innovating new ways to educate and delight through purposeful play. For more information, please visit www.wildworks.com.
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