SAN FRANCISCO - July 31, 2008 Gamezebo, the premiere editorial Web site for casual game enthusiasts, today announced the winners of its second annual Zeebys Casual Game Awards and the launch of the exclusive video broadcast of the show on myLifetime.com.
The Zeebys honor innovators and leaders within the casual games industry and took place at Casual Connect in Seattle on July, 24 2008 hosted by the Casual Games Association. This year’s awards show raised $11,000 for its non-profit partner, the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation.
Winners of the Zeebys were selected from more than 40 companies nominated by the public and by peers in the casual games industry. Over 35,000 people cast their votes for the best casual games of 2007 in 17 categories including:
• People’s Choice Award for Casual Game of the Year: Agatha Christie: Death on the Nile, by I-play and Flood Light Games
• People’s Choice Award for Best Arcade&Action Game: Peggle, by PopCap Games
• People’s Choice Award for Best Puzzle Game: Jewel Quest II, by iWin
• People’s Choice Award for Best Web Game: Bloons, by Ninja Kiwi
• People’s Choice Award for Best Hidden Object&Adventure Game: Dream Chronicles, by PlayFirst and Kat Games
• Craft Award for Best Mobile Game: Guitar Hero III , by Hands-On Mobile and MachineWorks Northwest, LLC
• Craft Choice Award for Social Network Game: Who Has The Biggest Brain? by Playfish.
Lifetime Network, the ultimate digital destination for women’s entertainment and escape, recorded and produced the exclusive video of the show. To view the broadcast plus behind-the scenes interviews with the winners and links to the winning games, go to: http://www.mylifetime.com/fun-games/zeeby-awards.
Gamezebo is the leading editorial Web site and community for people passionate about casual games. Gamezebo features reviews, previews, strategy guides for the latest and greatest in casual games, as well as industry insider editorials and interviews. Gamezebo also provides the social tools to rate, share, and connect with casual gamers online. Founded by industry veteran Joel Brodie, former head of business development at Yahoo! Games, Gamezebo is a Webby Nominee for Best-Games Related Site of 2008. For more information, go to: www.gamezebo.com.
About Casual Games Association
The Casual Games Association is an international organization with a membership of more than 10,000 gaming executives, publishers and developers. Dedicated to promoting casual games for general consumers and providing educational resources for game development, the association hosts annual conferences in Seattle, Kyiv and Hamburg, publishes a magazine three times a year, and issues research reports on the industry. The association was founded in 2005 by members of the casual games industry
myLifetime.com ( http://www.mylifetime.com), the ultimate digital destination for women's entertainment and escape, is a site where more than two million women per month (comScore Media Metrix) connect, play and share. myLifetime.com offers lifestyle content in Beauty&Style, Home&Crafts, Entertainment, Health, Relationships, and Astrology channels, original broadband video series, and full episodes, behind-the-scenes content and features that enable women to engage deeper with Lifetime's television programming. The site's games channel offers hundreds of compelling online and downloadable games, and ranks among the top 25 online gaming sites for women. The site also features a vibrant community of more than 2.5 million members who connect with each other via an array of social networking tools. Combined with the reach of the Lifetime Networks, myLifetime.com provides national sponsors an unrivaled opportunity to reach women with targeted cross-platform experiences.
Kate Pietrelli, TriplePoint