Jacksonville, Fla. (PRWEB) August 20, 2008
The Association of Virtual Worlds proudly announces the launch of its on-line virtual headquarters, opening to public beta August 20 in celebration of the first annual Virtual Worlds Day.
"I like to think that the AVW has created a kind of 'virtual United Nations,' " says Edita Kaye, Founder, "a place where members of all virtual spaces--virtual worlds, online games, and social networks--can meet, learn and share in the exciting industry that is the next generation of the Internet and the future of online global work, play and life."
"As an association dedicated to the advancement of virtual worlds and web3D it only makes sense for the Association's headquarters to be entirely virtual," says David Elchoness, Executive Director. " The best part about the Association's environment is that it's highly accessible even to those who are unfamiliar with virtual worlds and web3D. As virtual worlds and web3D move further into the mainstream, we will have this virtual headquarters to introduce newcomers to the technology and to all of the other fantastic virtual worlds and web3D products out there."
The first glimpse of the virtual headquarters shows a campus, with a flag-lined path. Inside, there is a main hub and welcome area anchored by a massive globe sculpture. There are wings for office and conference center; and both an auditorium and a media center. Under construction is a virtual world and games pavilion; a career and recruitment pavilion; and one of the most comprehensive research and information centers. There are informal networking areas with sofas, chairs and coffee tables, and a bar with tables and chairs and 'virtual' refreshments for personal avatars.
Using highly accessible web3D technology, the AVW now has a 3D place of its own for members to use, no special download or plug-in required.
In just six months the AVW attracted over 2,400 members, established a publishing division, launched its virtual headquarters using cutting edge, and highly accessible web3D technology, was first to create Virtual Worlds Day (August 20), the Virtual Person of the Year Award, a powerful network of Global Ambassadors and attracted some of the industry's most respected and influential leaders to its Advisory Board.