NEW YORK, April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- FunGoPlay, the first virtual world to bridge the gap between online games and offline, active play, has been nominated for Best Game Website in the 16th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, SHFT.com co-founder Adrian Grenier, Instagram mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio, creators of Angry Birds.
As a nominee, FunGoPlay is also eligible for The Webby Awards' "People's Voice Award", which is voted for online by fans across the globe. From now until April 27, FunGoPlay fans can cast their votes at http://pv.webbyawards.com/.
"Nominees like FunGoPlay are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."
"It is an honor to be recognized in this category alongside Disney and other top names," said FunGoPlay President, David Jacobs. "FunGoPlay provides an active, fun and positive social experience in both the real and virtual worlds. We created the site because we felt there was no sports entertainment brand that speaks directly to kids, and we had the opportunity to not only entertain them with great games online, but also to get them playing outside."
Targeted at 6-11 year old boys and girls, the online sports theme park features more than 30 single and multiplayer games for online and mobile platforms. A humorous and light-hearted online sports world, FunGoPlay offers funny characters and fully customizable avatars combined with ample rewards and achievements. FunGoPlay's vast universe is filled with different sports-themed venues and events based on everything from core sports like baseball and football to extreme and non-traditional sports such as skateboarding and outdoor games, plus generous helpings of the unexpected, from rampaging robots to radioactive hotdogs. Games consist of quick mini-games along with more elaborate single and multiplayer games.
What really separates FunGoPlay is the way it encourages kids to be physically active through "connected" sports gear that keeps track of usage and rewards kids for their real-world physical activity with points, rewards, and power-ups in the online world. The gear is available for purchase on amazon.com.
FunGoPlay offers kids access at a variety of levels. The site is always open and free for all visitors, but to fully explore the world and take advantage of the greatest FunGoPlay Sports Gear rewards, there are multiple subscriber options. For more information on FunGoPlay, visit www.fungoplay.com.
FunGoPlay (www.fungoplay.com) is an online sports theme park and the first virtual world to bridge online and offline play through the use of 'connected' sports gear. Conceptualized by industry veterans — including music industry pioneer and start-up expert Steven Lerner, children's content development, TV distribution, merchandising and licensing veteran David Jacobs (Sesame Workshop/HIT Entertainment), and writer and franchise director of kids properties Fabian Nicieza (X-Men, Hot Wheels. Transformers, etc.) -- the site caters to the online gaming needs of today's 6-11 year olds. FunGoPlay delivers customizable avatars, fun games, and a social community while rewarding active offline play.
About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 16th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Yahoo!, Vitamin T, MLB Advanced Media, Rackspace Hosting, JWT, The Atom Group, Financial Times, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Guardian News and Media.