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iVirtua Communities Launch Final Update to Online Community Aimed at Gaming and Creative Sectors of Busines

November 6, 2006; 04:40 AM

Virtua announced the latest update to its online community designed for media, gaming and creative businesses. New features include a dedicated articles and reviews section, an easy to use gallery, drag and drop file storage, customisable calendar and over thirty ways to subscribe to iVirtua, including del.icio.us, Windows Mobile and RSS2PDF.

iVirtua was founded in March of 2006; primarily by Sam England (16) at the time, and William Tildesley (17); based in the UK, with high aspirations.

New Features

iVirtua has made vast improvements to its community focusing on what customer really wanted. The community team spent a lot of time discussing what could be improved and what customers wanted to see in iVirtua. Community Manager Jakob Rauschenbach said, “A lot of our customers not only wanted to come to iVirtua to read and discus the latest business news but also a place to relax and have fun; this is why we’ve introduced our Games Arcade as well as the ability to play online games such as Battlefield and Counter Strike on our own dedicated server with customers from the community. Customers also wanted a place were they could read articles and reviews and this is another feature iVirtua has announced. We hope all these features new and updated will keep our customers coming back as well as introducing new customers.”

These new features include an articles and reviews section, over thirty ways to subscribe to iVirtua, instant syndication from large sites including gamespot and Microsoft giving the customer all the information they want in one place, file storage, gallery, loyalty points (giving customers access to more features!), Live Chat, A games arcade (over 200+ games), the ability to play computer games online, better online security, bugs fixed, inclusion of AJAX features and Search Engine Optimization (for better search engine rankings).

The community is now run from its own dedicated server from the London Meridian Gate Redbus Interhouse located in the Docklands area of London, this dedicated server allows our customers to access the community from around the world without any problems.

iVirtua is a powered by integrated collection of web applications and scripts that are developed in-house which together create the iVirtua WOS. They hope this creates an easy to use, rich and immersive community experience. More information about the iVirtua WOS (Web Operating System) can be found at:

Looking Ahead

Jay Taylor (iVirtua Public and Customer Relations) said, “The new features which iVirtua offers will allow us to increase our overall percentage of customers as well as allowing customers to aggregate, share and read the latest articles, reviews and discussions without having to turn on their computer. We hope that this will encourage customers to use iVirtua as their main source of information concerning media, gaming and creative business news.”

This update will allow iVirtua to stay ahead of competition in what is becoming a competitive market to provide customers with the content they want. Features such as the in built Plusmo aggregator will allow users to quickly access content from their mobile phone which is all part of iVirtua’s plan to make the community accessible not just from a computer. Sam England (Development and Community) said, “With the advent on mobile browsing iVirtua needs to set itself apart as a contender, we also have plans to make the community accessible on both the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3, which will both have opera browsers built in.”

iVirtua employs some of the finest writers from inside the gaming, media and creative industry world this means that their members get exclusive articles and reviews as well as world exclusive news relating to the creative business sector. This is another reason why their customers use them over other communities.

iVirtua will soon be releasing a Podcast on the topics covered by the iVirtua Community, and also they are going to release a learning environment with HTML, Computing and Media courses all costing 99p.

Jay Taylor
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