Sydney games company scoops two Webbys

16 April 2012

Sydney games company Bubble Gum Interactive has won two honours at the 16th annual Webby Awards, the leading international awards honouring excellence on the internet.

The company’s Little Space Heroes internet game has been rated as amongst the very best of the web in both the "Games" and "Youth" categories.

The NSW Government helped Bubble Gum Interactive develop Little Space Heroes with assistance from NSW Trade & Investment’s Interactive Media Fund.

Little Space Heroes, a virtual universe that provides kids with a safe, social, fun and interactive experience online, has experienced rapid growth and praise since launching in late 2011 and is now played in over 50 countries.

To be honoured twice in the Webby Awards is an honour for Bubble Gum Interactive given Little Space Heroes only came out of beta production three months prior and is already being recognised alongside offerings from companies like Disney and the Cartoon Network.

Hailed as the internet's highest honour by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are the leading international awards honouring excellence on the internet and receive nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries.

The Webbys have been held every year since 1996 and are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, an executive 1,000-member body of leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries, creative celebrities, and associate members.

Bubble Gum Interactive CEO Phil Mason said: "Our team has been working very hard to create an amazing new gaming experience for kids worldwide and we’re thrilled to learn that Little Space Heroes made it onto the Official Honoree List in not one but two categories of the Webby Awards. It’s onwards and upwards for Little Space Heroes in 2012 as we continue to develop the story in the virtual universe as well as mobile games and cartoons."