ROCKBAND.COM NOMINATED FOR BEST GAMES-RELATED SITE IN THE 13th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS|
Rock Band® Fans Go Online Now to Vote for RockBand.com to Win Internet's Top Honor http://pv.webbyawards.com
Cambridge, MA April 29, 2009 Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., the leading developer of music-based games, announced today that RockBand.com has been nominated for Best Games-Related Site in the 13th Annual 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.
As a Webby Award nominee, RockBand.com is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 30th,Rock Band® fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at http://pv.webbyawards.com
"Nominees like RockBand.com 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."
RockBand.com is the official destination site for fans of the Rock Band video game phenomenon. In addition to game information, fans can get behind-the-scenes information on the more than 640 tracks available in the Rock Band Music Store, create 3D photos and merchandise of their in-game characters, get a taste of the rock lifestyle in theRock Band blog The Zine, and plug into the very active Rock Band Community.
When we built RockBand.com, we wanted to make it much more than just another game site, said Jeff Chausse, web director for Harmonix. Rock Band is a genuine cultural and social phenomenon. To honor its significant impact on music and gaming, we strove to create a website that truly connects our rabid Rock Band fan base, and celebrates the social aspects of the game, as well as the hundreds of musical artists whose work make it possible.
Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 8th hosted by Seth Meyers. Winners will be able to share one of the Webby's famous five-word speeches with the world. Past Webby Award winners - and their speeches - include Al Gore ("Please don't recount this vote."), Beastie Boys ("Can anyone fix my computer?"), and Stephen Colbert ("Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.").
The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.
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About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
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, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th 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: Microsoft Silverlight; The Creative Group; .ORG; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Wired; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.
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