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Ganz Issues Official Press Release for Webkinz Friends


Ganz has officially launched Webkinz Friends on Facebook, as they have issued an official Press Release announcing the new game! Many of our members have been enjoying the new game and, thanks to our Webkinz Friends Interview with the Creative Director, are anxiously awaiting the iPad version of Webkinz Friends due out this summer.
 
Our members have been putting together a great deal of Webkinz Friends information in our Webkinz Friends WIki and have been answering questions in our Webkinz Friends forum! If you think you're an expert in Webkinz Friends, we need your help in continuing to build the Webkinz Friends Wiki. If you're new to the game and have a question, feel free to stop by the Webkinz Friends forum and ask for help!
 
Ganz, creator of Webkinz World, the original kids' online world, is excited to introduce a game-changing innovation in family-friendly virtual fun: Webkinz Friends on Facebook. Now teen and adult Webkinz fans (and you know who you are even if you won't admit it) can play the new Webkinz Friends social game. Players will enjoy growing their Webkinz Friends family and creating the Kinzville of their dreams.
 
The Webkinz Friends team worked with Facebook to launch some exclusive innovations in Facebook gaming:
 
Webkinz Friends has the first virtual representation of plush pets in a Facebook game
Players can register new Webkinz pets within the game, receive a fun pet- specific prize and choose between KinzCash and an additional room for their home-- and see their virtual pet walk around Kinzville on Facebook
Players of Webkinz Friends will also earn great prizes which they can send to a Webkinz World account online! (Their children and friends will love it!)
 
The game is based on building the best Kinzville possible and sharing with friends to help you enjoy the process. Homes, businesses, community centers, restaurants, stores and of course, the Clubhouse can all be added to your own Kinzville. With 50 levels at launch and more in development, the challenges and rewards will keep Webkinz fans playing.
 
"Webkinz World is a family-friendly brand, and we want fans to enjoy our online world on the platforms they have embraced", said Howard Ganz, president of Ganz and creator of Webkinz. "In the 7 years since we introduced Webkinz World, we have seen players grow up with the game. They still have accounts, they still love their pets but they are ready for a more social environment. Webkinz Friends on Facebook lets teens and adults enjoy the sharing and caring aspect of Webkinz World in a format that suits them best. We wanted parents to be able to play a Webkinz game on Facebook and send prizes to their children's Webkinz World accounts. It's the new face of co-play, where everyone can have fun in their own age-appropriate environments."
 
Webkinz Friends is free to play. To enhance gameplay, a Webkinz pet can be registered in Webkinz Friends (and Webkinz World too!) for virtual prizes; your virtual pet will join you in Kinzville. There are lots of exclusive prizes which can be sent from the Webkinz Friends game to Webkinz World accounts without ever disclosing any personally identifiable information or user's identities in any way.
 
"When imagining Webkinz Friends, we looked at the areas of our site that could be fun if shared; the elements that require creativity, imagination and over-the-top urban planning skills", said Creative Director Karl Borst. "You want to live in a loft, surrounded by sushi plants and cupcake trees? Go ahead. Park a fleet of mobile homes beside a mansion? Done! You can visit your friends' Kinzville and let them know on their Facebook page what needs improving. You know you will."
 
While Webkinz Friends is the first Facebook game for the family-friendly Webkinz brand, Ganz has also extended the co-play experience to Apple's platform with Webkinz arcade-style mobile applications developed for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The entire family can earn rewards for Webkinz World accounts by playing Webkinz iOS games such as Polar Plunge, Goober's Lab and the newest, Cloud Corral. Up next? Webkinz Friends for the iPad, bringing this new Kinzville game to all ages of Webkinz fans.
 
About Webkinz World: The original kids' online world, Webkinz World introduced the concept of web-enabled toys. Webkinz pets come alive online in magical virtual world called Webkinz World. Webkinz pets combine the timeless fun of plush with the interactivity of the Internet. Members adopt pets, play games, go on quests, create rooms and keep their virtual pets happy and healthy. The company's success allowed the Ganz family to create Webkinz Foundation in late 2007, to develop programs and donate funds to programs that benefit children. Over $1,500,000.00 has been donated since 2007.

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LOL I found the part about if you want to live in a loft surrounded by sushi plants and cupcake trees hysterical!

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played this game - so fun! creative director said over 20 prizes avail for WW right? too cool.

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Over $1,500,000.00 has been donated since 2007.
Now that is a lot of money

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Love this game

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I've started playing it this week. So far, so good. Not wanting to spend any (real) money on this just something to do when out and about.

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Awesome, the Webkinz Friends game is so much fun and the Wiki is coming along very well

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I'm still trying to decide if it's worth opening a FB account just to play it.

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Thank you very much for the updated info, Justin! I really wish Ganz could make this amazing new universe available to everyone by computer. I am not going to get a Facebook for this and I don't think my parents will want to purchase an expensive Ipad just because I want to participate in the amazing expierence of Webkinz Friends. Oh well I guess.

Justin, do you know why Ganz doesn't release this to everyone? Like a new Webkinz Website? How could that be so hard to do? If you don't know, could you maybe ask the creative director sometime since it seems like you can contact him. It would mean a lot to many members I would assume.

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I wish they would do an android apps.

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View Post Originally Posted by extravaGANZa
Thank you very much for the updated info, Justin! I really wish Ganz could make this amazing new universe available to everyone by computer. I am not going to get a Facebook for this and I don't think my parents will want to purchase an expensive Ipad just because I want to participate in the amazing expierence of Webkinz Friends. Oh well I guess.

Justin, do you know why Ganz doesn't release this to everyone? Like a new Webkinz Website? How could that be so hard to do? If you don't know, could you maybe ask the creative director sometime since it seems like you can contact him. It would mean a lot to many members I would assume.
They've already answered that question. They are targeting the audience that is already on Facebook. They are trying to get kids and adults who prefer to use FB to continue to play Webkinz games.

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View Post Originally Posted by poobears
I'm still trying to decide if it's worth opening a FB account just to play it.
I am thinking the same thing

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awesome...............

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Okay, I was questioning getting a facebook, but now I'm definitely getting one since webkinz as games on it!

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Check this out, you can win an exclusive webkinz friends hat on the game! Here is a picture of my Arctic Polar Bear (Cece) wearing the hat.

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none of my "friends" will play this game. need some WI buddies on my friends list. message me if you need friends too.

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I need more webbie friends on my facebook for this!!!

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coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllll!!!!!!

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I just love this game..but need more friends on Facebook who play...can't wait to find more friends!!

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cool finally
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