Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2010 – The 14th Annual Webby Awards has named TheBeatlesRockBand.com as Best Games-Related Site of the year. The site is produced by the Web Development Team at Harmonix Music Systems Inc., the world’s leading developer of music-based games, in collaboration with Apple Corps, The Beatles’ company.
TheBeatlesRockBand.com introduces people to the unique interactive experience presented by The Beatles™: Rock Band™. Set in the game’s own distinctive style, it provides in-depth background information on the people, places and instruments featured in the game. Cutting-edge web design techniques and high-resolution, behind-the-scenes videos round out the experience. The Beatles: Rock Band was developed by Harmonix, the leading developer of ground-breaking music-oriented videogames that also include Rock Band, Rock Band 2, The Beatles: Rock Band and, the soon-to-be-released Green Day: Rock Band and Rock Band 3.
Harmonix and Apple Corps will be honored June 14 at a star-studded ceremony hosted by B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office” in New York City. Fans will be able to watch the ceremony on June 15, including Harmonix’s five-word speech, at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at:
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 websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Martha Stewart, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter’s Biz Stone.
“The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “Harmonix’s achievement is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”
“We are excited an honored to have TheBeatlesRockBand.com win the Webby Award for Best Games-Related Website,” said Jeff Chausse, Harmonix’s Web Director. “We wanted to capture the artistry and magic of the game on the web, and this award is further confirmation that Harmonix has created a truly unique celebration of The Beatles’ music, which has really captured the public’s imagination.”
The 14th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.
Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. 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.”).