FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSE, California - April 16, 2008 - Gaia Online, the world's most active online community, is offering New York Comic-Con attendees the first chance to win access to the Gaia Online casual massively multiplayer online game (MMO). In development since 2007, a closed beta version of the Gaia Online MMO is scheduled for release this summer, and will give the community a new way to play, socialize, and explore. The contest will take place Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20 in booth #1357 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
"The idea for our casual MMO came from our five million active members," said Craig Sherman, CEO of Gaia Online. "In our community forums, they asked for a new way to play games and interact with their friends. The MMO is our answer to their request, and our community is the perfect platform for this type of game."
Gaia Online's casual MMO is a wholly flash-based environment that is free and requires no downloads. Several new features will be available within the MMO including quests, monster battles and exploration, which only add to the current features that the Gaia community is familiar with, like playing mini games, customizing their avatars and socializing in-world and on the forums.
Gaians - the member community of Gaia Online - and visitors to Comic-Con, are encouraged to attend the convention and stop by Gaia Online's booth for a chance to win a ticket to the closed beta. The golden ticket contest will allow those lucky few the first chance to experience the MMO. More great prizes will be given away at the booth as well, such as Gaia Gold Cards, special promotional cards that carry various amounts of the currency used in Gaia Online.
All visitors are encouraged to attend the Official Gaia Online Panel in Panel Room 1 (1E08) on Saturday, April 19 from 5:00-6:30 PM for the opportunity to meet with the creators of Gaia Online and learn about new features coming to the site. And visitors to New York Comic-Con are encouraged to return on Sunday for the Official Gaia Gathering from 1:00-2:00 PM in Meeting Room 1 (1E02).
New images from the Gaia MMO are available for download from the following link: http://www.triplepointpr.com/dl/gaiaonline/GaiaCasualMMOScreens_4_16_08.zip
View various locations within the MMO world: Barton Town, Village Greens, Zen Gardens, Bill's Ranch as well as a map of the environment.
About Gaia Online
Founded in 2003, Gaia Online is the leading teen hangout on the web. More than five million visitors come to Gaia every month to make friends, play games, watch movies in Gaia Cinemas, Gaia's virtual theaters, and participate in the world's most active online community. Gaia provides a fun, social environment that inspires individuality and creativity. With everything from art contests to discussion forums on poetry, politics, celebrities and more, to fully customizable profiles, digital characters and cars, Gaia is a place where teens can create their own space and express their individual style. For more information, visit www.gaiaonline.com.