Los Angeles Resident wins $50,000 USD Prize from New, Global Video Contest
Video of bird playing miniature basketball tops all worldwide entries
SAN ANTONIO, TX / ACCESSWIRE / January 22, 2019 / Can a bird make $7,143 per second? Apparently so.
That is how much Windy the Bird earned her owner, Anne Gaw of Los Angeles, by starring in the WGVS: World’s Greatest Videos winning beta contest entry, “1 bird vs. 4 cows.” In fact, Gaw will receive her $50,000 USD* prize tomorrow when WGVS president Makayla Allen delivers the check to Gaw’s home.
“A friend encouraged me to post a video on WGVS,” Gaw said. “First, I won a $2,000 USD monthly prize; and, then I won a $50,000 USD yearly prize! It has been an exciting couple of months!”
According to WGVS, this prize is just the beginning. The company launched globally on New Year’s Eve 2019. This marks the first time a company has combined video hosting, social media engagement and a big prize game show contest in one technology platform. And if that were not to get everyone’s attention, the addition of a $1,000,000 USD* yearly grand prize certainly will.
WGVS is the first global, viral video site with an app-driven countdown and continually running weekly, monthly and yearly contests. By providing major and minor prizes for user-driven, user-ranked short-form videos, the company is capitalizing on a growing trend: the steady migration of Gen Z and Millennials from traditional television viewing to app engagement on any screen.
Although the prize money is certainly a perk, company founders believe it is the site’s sense of community that will keep Members coming back time and again. In addition to uploading, voting and sharing videos, members may also follow some of their favorite video producers. And, they plan to keep adding site features, and improving the user experience.
“Our beta launch in November of 2018 was a tremendous success,” says Allen, the company’s 26-year-old president and co-founder. “Plus, we just launched our phone app and will be adding pre-populated reactions and gamification features like badges over the next couple of months.”
“The WGVS site was really easy to use,” says Gaw. “There’s nothing else like it. I can’t wait to enter a new video!”
Gaw is certainly not alone in her passion for posting videos. With YouTube boasting some five billion video viewings daily, the anticipated interest in a company that pays for outstanding submissions should prove keen. And although the subject matter of videos submitted to WGVS is often lighthearted, the prize money is not.
The WGVS community is broken into six regions. In each one of those regions, the company distributes 21 weekly cash prizes. Winners from weekly contests further compete in a global, monthly contest. And, monthly contest winners from January through November will compete in the global, yearly competition throughout the month of December, with that winner being announced at midnight GMT on Jan. 1, 2020.
“It’s an extremely exciting time,” says James Allen, CEO and co-founder of WGVS. “After spending years on research and development, focus groups, brand creation and technology testing, we’re proud to showcase the world’s best videos, and start paying people for a pastime they enjoy anyway!”
While fun is a big part of the equation for WGVS, founders also believe they have an important role to play in making internet content, experiences and feedback a more positive experience. When ranking videos, Members will choose from among several positive reactions. However, they will not have the opportunity to demean or bully anyone. If they do not like a certain video, they simply don’t vote for it.
“Because there is so much negative content on the internet, WGVS has built a site that focuses on positive feedback,” says Rita Mort, Executive Vice President of Marketing. “We’re fostering a global community where users from all cultures can come together on an engaging and level playing field.”
With active, registered members in all six regions already, WGVS is proud to be the first site of its kind to “go global” on it first official day of operation. Through traditional and social media, as well as exposure with heavy users and influencers in the video creation and posting space, WGVS expects registered users to increase exponentially throughout the first quarter.
Those who wish to register for the WGVS community should visit http://wgvs.com.
World’s Greatest Videos (WGVS) is a global technology company, entertainment platform and brand. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the continuous, WGVS short video competition rewards talent across all cultures with recognition and major cash prizes. WGVS is the only social video platform where people across the global share and compete together - a destination and community where empowering discovery, visual communication, creativity, learning and laughter are shared by viewers and members who prove, through their lens, that “Talent Has No Borders.”
For additional information, please contact Rita Mort, Executive Vice President of Marketing, at 214-604-9058, or Rita
*The $50,000 USD Beta Contest Prize for 2018 offered payment options of $10,000 a year over five years, or one lump sum of $30,000. The $1,000,00 USD Grand Prize for 2019 offers payment options of $25,000 a year for 40 years, or a lump sum payment.
Rita Mort, Executive VP, Marketing
SOURCE: World’s Greatest Videos