Trends for the Best Game Websites Detailed in New Report from the Web Marketing Association

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Updated Web Marketing Association' Internet Standards Assessment Report Includes Historical Data Derived from a Decade of Hosting Internet Award Competition, WebAwards, and Provides Best Practices for Game Web Design

As the standard of excellence for websites continues to increase, consumers (and WebAward judges) are increasingly picky about what they consider to be an effective website

WebAward.org - The Web Marketing Association, host of leading website awards competition WebAwards, released the 2009 Internet Standards Assessment Report (ISAR) to help the gaming industry create more effective and engaging websites.

"As the standard of excellence for websites continues to increase, consumers (and WebAward judges) are increasingly picky about what they consider to be an effective website," said William Rice, president of the Web Marketing Association, Inc. "Game Websites tend to be some of the best websites available on the Internet for the past decade".

The WebAwards competition judges gaming websites on seven criteria that combined create award-winning websites:

  •     Design
  •     Innovation
  •     Content
  •     Technology
  •     Interactivity
  •     Copywriting
  •     Ease of use

Games sites have always posted stellar scores in the ISAR index. They are one of the few industries that have beaten the index every year. In fact, they have outperformed the 5-year criteria benchmark averages in all areas except interactivity where they are in line with the benchmark. Game sites are strongest in content,
design, technology, and innovation. They could use improvement in their interactivity scores.

The 2008 WebAward for Best Game Web site went to 7Seas Technologies Limited for http://www.onlinerealgames.com.

Other past winners include:

  •     2007 Mindshare Interactive for BSA Cyber Tree House
  •     2006 Ignited Minds for Knights of the Old Republic
  •     2005 BLITZ for Star Wars Mercenaries Game
  •     2004 Zugara and Sony for SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
  •     2003 Disney Online for Hot Shot Business
  •     2002 Large Animal Games for The Galidor Quest
  •     2001 Disney Online for Disney's Blast
  •     2000 Maddock Douglas, Inc for createsofdaweb
  •     1999 R/GA for the Mulitplayer Wheel of Fortune
  •     1998 Modern Media.Poppe Tyson for PlayStation North America
  •     1997 Intersphere Communications for WarGames Website

Companies and organizations wishing to have their game Web site evaluated against the ISAR Index and be considered for a WebAward, which can help boost a Website's credibility and marketing efforts, can learn more at WebAward.org.

To request your copy of the 2009 WebAward ISAR report, please visit: WebAward.org

The Internet Standards Assessment report and the 2009 WebAwards are sponsored by the following leading organizations: Burst Media, B2B Magazine, BGT Partners, PRWeb, AllBusiness, ExactTarget, ad:tech conferences, NewsUSA, Microsoft PhizzPop, Internet World, AllBusiness, Search Engine Strategies, Webmaster Radio, Rovion, and Website Magazine.

2009 WebAward Call for Entries
The Web Marketing Association will soon be accepting entries into its 13th annual international WebAward Competition. The WebAwards is the standards-defining competition that sets industry benchmarks that the Internet Standards Assessment report is based upon. The gaming industry represents an important category in the WebAward competition, and the Web Marketing Association will again be honoring the Best Game Web site of 2009. The deadline for entry is May 29, 2009 and the WebAward Web site is located at WebAward.org.

About the WebAwards
Now in its 13th year, the annual international WebAwards competition sets the standard of excellence in 96 industry categories by evaluating Web sites and defining benchmarks based on the seven essential criteria of successful Web site development. The goal of the Web Marketing Association, sponsor of the WebAwards, is to provide a forum to recognize the people and organizations responsible for developing some of the most effective Web sites on the Internet today. Entrants benefit from a Web site assessment by a professional judging panel and the marketing opportunities presented to an award-winning Web site. For more information, visit WebAward.org.

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