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This story appears in the Jan 19, 2015 issue of VentureBeat:

WGT scores 3M downloads as it shifts its golf simulation to mobile

"WGT Media, a social-mobile game publisher which started life as World Golf Tour and makes realistic social sports simulations, has made a successful jump to mobile. The company told GamesBeat exclusively that its free-to-play WGT Golf Mobile title has hit 3 million downloads over the past year on iOS.

And now, between WGT Golf and WGT Baseball, the company has had more than 20 million downloads. It made the shift to mobile a year ago with the launch of WGT Golf Mobile on iOS, and the Android version is available in a few countries now. The Android edition will be more widely available in the U.S. and the rest of the world in February. With the results so far, WGT Media expects that the golf game will become the most-downloaded mobile golf title in 2015."

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About Topgolf Media

Based in San Francisco, Topgolf Media creates and distributes advanced media content, enabling the Topgolf community to experience the best times of their lives. The division enhances in-venue golf games as well as creating experiences outside of the venues with apps, websites and virtual experiences. In addition, Topgolf Media cultivates relationships with global partners, sponsors and ambassadors to promote innovation within the Topgolf brand.

WGT Golf (www.WGT.com and mobile app stores) is the #1 free golf game with over 450 million virtual rounds played and 5+ million mobile downloads. WGT Golf features 24 famous virtual golf courses including Bandon Dunes, Pebble Beach® and St Andrews. WGT Golf runs the annual Virtual U.S. Open in partnership with the USGA, and has partnered with NBC's Golf Channel and David Leadbetter. WGT Golf offers a range of virtual golf equipment from leading manufacturers, including Callaway, Cleveland, Nike, Ping, Srixon and TaylorMade.

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WGT Golf Mobile
iOS app
Pebble Beach on Apple iPad
Android app
St Andrews on Google Android
WGT Golf
Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach
St.Andrews Old Course
St.Andrews Old Course
WGT Virtual U.S. Open
Pebble Beach
Chambers Bay, Front 9
St.Andrews Old Course
Chambers Bay, Back 9
PGA Championship Virtual Challenge
Valhalla Hole 13
Valhalla Hole 13
Valhalla Hole 18
Valhalla Hole 18

WGT Virtual Golf Courses

  • Bandon Dunes (Bandon, OR) – the No. 1 Golf Resort in North America according to Golf Digest
  • Bethpage Black (Farmingdale, NY) – host of 2009 U.S. Open and 2013 Golf.com #36 Top Golf Course
  • Celtic Manor Twenty Ten Course (Wales, UK) – host of 2010 Ryder Cup and 2013 Wales Open
  • Chambers Bay (University Place, WA) – host of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship
  • Congressional Country Club (Bethesda, MD) – host of 2011 U.S. Open and 2013 AT&T National and 2011 Golf Digest #77 Top Golf Course
  • Edgewood (Lake Tahoe, NV) – host of 2013 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship and 2011 Golf Digest #65 Top Golf Course
  • Erin Hills (Erin, WI) – host of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship
  • Harbour Town Golf Links (Hilton Head, SC) – host of 2013 PGA Heritage Tournament and 2011 Golf Digest #21 Top Golf Course
  • Kiawah Island Ocean Course (Kiawah, SC) – host of 1991 Ryder Cup and 2010 PGA Championship, and 2011 Golf Digest #4 Top Golf Course
  • The Experience at Koele (Lanai, Hawaii) – Greg Norman design course
  • Challenge at Manele (Lanai, Hawaii) – Top 100 Golf Courses in the World
  • Merion Golf Club hosted five U.S. Opens including the 2013 U.S. Open, and 2013 Golf.com #9 Top Golf Course
  • Oakmont (Oakmont, PA) – hosted eight U.S. Opens including the 2009 U.S. Open and 2013 Golf.com #8 Top Golf Course
  • The Olympic Club (San Francisco, CA) – hosted five U.S. Opens including the 2012 U.S. Open, and 2013 Golf.com #9 Top Golf Course
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, CA) – America's greatest public golf course, the host of 13 USGA championships and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
  • Pinehurst No. 2 (Pinehurst, NC) – host of the 2014 U.S. Open Championships
  • Pinehurst No. 8 (Pinehurst, NC) – 2010 Golf Magazine #100 Top Golf Course
  • Royal St George's Golf Club (Sandwich, UK) – host of 14 British Open Championships including the 2021 Open, and 2013 Golf.com #29 Top Golf Course
  • St Andrews Old Course (St Andrews, UK) – the birthplace of golf, host of the most British Open Championships, and 2013 Golf.com #4 Top Golf Course
  • Valhalla Golf Club (Louisville, KY) – host of the 2014 PGA Championship
  • Wolf Creek (Mesquite, NV) – 2011 Golf Digest #28 Top Golf Course

WGT Best Of Virtual Courses

  • Best of Famous Holes – 18 of the most famous holes on WGT (stroke play)
  • Best of Hardest Holes – 18 of the hardest holes on WGT (stroke play)
  • Best of Par 3 Holes – 18 of the best Par 3 holes on WGT (stroke play)
  • Best of Par 4 Holes – 18 of the best Par 4 holes on WGT (stroke play)
  • Best of Par 5 Holes – 18 of the best Par 5 holes on WGT (stroke play)
  • Best of Famous Shots – 9 of the most famous shots on WGT (closest-to-the-hole)
  • Best of Water Shots – 9 of the best shots over water on WGT (closest-to-the-hole)
  • Best of Putting – 9 of the toughest putts on WGT (closest-to-the-hole)

WGT Media Coverage

  • Golf Channel
    Dansamcam captures major at Transamerica Championship

    "Dansamcam captured a major title at the Transamerica Championship, setting up a winner-take-all battle with fmagnets for top quarterly honors."
  • Golf Channel
    Fmagnets captures Congressional Open

    "After capturing the season-opening Bandon Dunes Open and claiming the first quarterly title of the 2015 season, fmagnets added another trophy to his collection when he took first-place honors at the Congressional Open."
  • GeekWire
    I just played five (virtual) holes at Chambers Bay, and here's my dismal golf score

    "This realistic game, produced by World Golf Tour, is certainly entertaining. The graphics are solid, and the game play is fun. The only thing missing: gentle breezes off Puget Sound."
  • Golf Channel
    Poldimaier claims first WGT major of 2015

    "Already with a major title to his credit, WGT user poldimaier cruised to victory at the Kiawah Championship, the first major championship of the 2015 WGT Virtual Tour season."
  • USA Today
    Surf Report: Tee off with these free golf apps

    "One of the highest-rated golf games at the App Store and Google Play, World Golf Tour (WGT) Mobile is a fun and accessible golf simulation that lets you hit the virtual fairways on world-famous courses, such as Pebble Beach, St Andrews, Chambers Bay, Pinehurst Resort and Bandon Dunes."
  • The News Tribune
    Chambers Bay to be featured in World Golf Tour video game

    "In March, Chambers Bay will be featured in a new World Golf Tour video game."
  • SkyTrak
    SkyTrak receives best overall ranking in the MyGolfSpy 2015 Personal Launch Monitor Buyers Guide

    "SkyTrak has recently entered into a licensing and development agreement with WGT Golf to integrate their golf game with SkyTrak to offer golfers everywhere the freedom to play championship courses with their own clubs in a stunning, high-definition virtual environment."
  • Post-Bulletin
    Top apps: Tee up with your smartphone

    "This golf-simulation game features some of the world's best courses, meticulously re-created; courses include St. Andrews and Pebble Beach."
  • Golf Channel
    Fmagnets wins Bandon Dunes Open

    "After winning the inaugural WGT Virtual Tour Championship in December, fmagnets took home the title from the Tour Legends tier at the season-opening Bandon Dunes Open."
  • VentureBeat
    WGT scores 3M downloads as it shifts its golf simulation to mobile

    "It made the shift to mobile a year ago with the launch of WGT Golf Mobile on iOS, and the Android version is available in a few countries now."
  • BunkerShot
    SkyTrak and WGT Golf Team up to Provide Golfers the Ability to Play Golf Virtually

    "Our partnership with SkyTrak adds another platform to WGT's presence across web, social and mobile, and puts WGT in the growing market of smart home sensor technology."
  • Golf Channel
    New WGT season begins with Bandon Dunes Open

    "After fmagnets was crowned as the first Virtual Tour champion in December, a new season has already begun with the best virtual golfers in the world taking their shot at the Bandon Dunes Open."
  • Golf Channel
    Fmagnets wins WGT Virtual Tour Championship

    "Fmagnets went wire-to-wire in winning the year's final 36-hole event, and he was one of four players from the Tour Legend tier to move on to an additional single-play, "final round" amid difficult conditions at Bandon Dunes. With a score of 8-under 46 on the par-3 course, he finished one shot clear of WaLk0fLiFe and five shots ahead of javiertorg."
  • iSeekGolf
    WGT comes to iseekgolf

    "From today, iseekgolf members will be able to compete on virtual golf courses for free, challenge their friends, improve their play with access to virtual golf equipment and win prizes by entering exclusive tournaments and sweepstakes."
  • Golf Channel
    Ujjbnjk wins major at Strike Out ALS Challenge

    "Sweden's ujjbnjk emerged from the competitive Tour Legend tier at the Strike Out ALS Challenge, successfully navigating Merion Golf Club to claim the third major title of the 2014 season on the WGT Virtual Tour."
  • Golf Channel
    Mannyankees wins The First Tee Open

    "Mannyankees took home the top prize in the Tour Legend tier at The First Tee Open, capturing first place in a tiebreaker after posting a two-round total of 106 on Bethpage Black."
  • Golf Channel
    Poldimaier captures Transamerica Championship

    "It looks like poldimaier is on a roll this summer, after winning the 2014 Virtual U.S. Open champion, and now a adding the title of major winner."
  • GolfWeek
    Fans again can pick Sunday pin for PGA Championship

    "World Golf Tour is providing an online feature that allows fans to play each of the hole locations in a video game before casting their vote."
  • USA Today
    How you can influence the PGA Championship

    "One difference in the promotion this year, according to the PGA of America, is the World Golf Tour will have an interactive that will allow fans to 'play' each of the four locations on PGA.com before casting a vote."
  • PGA.com
    Golf fans to select hole location at PGA Championship

    "New this year, World Golf Tour (WGT.com) will provide an interactive experience, which allows fans to 'play' each of the hole locations on PGA.com before entering their selection."
  • Golf Channel
    Dansamcam nabs fourth win of 2014 at Criquet Cup

    "The Virtual Tour season race still close, as the regular events have 200,000 credit purses, but the major events have 400,000 credit purses, with the majors happening in March, July, September and November."
  • Golf Channel
    VIDEO - Will Gray talks to WGT GolfNow Championship Winner

    "I'm Will Gray joined today by Jon, whose username is FrenchConnect on the WGT Virtual Tour..."
  • Fortune
    Win the U.S. Open without leaving home

    "...is the first year the competition has been opened up to mobile gamers...this is the largest virtual golf tournament in the world..."
  • Grain Golf Magazine
    Virtual U.S Open now a USGA Tradition

    "Last year 3.3 million virtual rounds were played at Merion."
  • Golf Channel
    CptWomp captures Cutter & Buck Classic

    "With the winners crowned from May, the season-long race is starting to take shape."
  • Link Golf Magazine / HotLinks
    The Online Open

    "Last year 3.3 million virtual rounds were played on Merion."
  • Pebble Beach - The Magazine
    Virtual Online Golf

    "...the World Golf Tour (WGT) website, www.WGT.com - offers a virtual golf community so anyone with a computer can play family, friends or gamers from the other side of the world."
  • Golf Channel
    Dansamcam wins third event of 2014

    "The win allowed Dansamcam to regain the top spot in the season-long points race from frenchconnect, who captured the season's first major at the GolfNow Championship."
  • Golf Channel
    FrenchConnect wins GolfNow Championship

    "Thanks to a final-round 54, FrenchConnect took home the title at the GolfNow Championship, the first major of the 2014 season on the WGT Virtual Tour."
  • Golf Channel
    Transamerica Runner-Up BolloxInBruges Offers Tips

    "A WGT member since 2009, he carded an 18-hole score of 54 in each of the two rounds of the stroke-play event..."
  • Golf Channel
    IOA Open Champ Dansamcam Shares Insight

    "While some players may fire up a computer and head immediately to the first tee box, dansamcam prides himself on his thorough preparation..."
  • Marketing Week
    In-Game Advertising: Mind Games

    "Allianz advertising within the game World Golf Tour enables it to target golf fans in digital media..."
  • Sports Business Journal
    World Golf Tour Makers Create Year-Long Virtual Golf Tour

    "WGT Media, makers of online golf game World Golf Tour, have created the WGT Virtual Tour..."
  • Sports Business Journal
    Comings & Goings

    "Former ESPNer Ed Willett is joining WGT Media as vice president sales and sponsorships from a newly established Manhattan office..."
  • VentureBeat GamesBeat
    World Golf Tour game says virtual golfers have played 10M virtual U.S. Open rounds

    "The combined total of more than 10.3 million virtual rounds over five years reflects a 28 percent average annual growth rate."
  • Back9Network
    9 Best Free Golf Apps

    "The No. 1 golf game on the internet makes its way to mobile. You can only play closest-to-the-hole games, not full stroke play, but World Golf Tour allows you to play some of the world's most famous courses."
  • GameSauce

    "Mission accomplished. The result of WGT's efforts has been nothing short of spectacular. Today, over 6-million virtual golfers from 120+ countries..."
  • Links Magazine
    The Virtual Open

    "More than two million rounds have already been played in the 2013 Virtual U.S. Open, and you thought qualifying for the real U.S. Open was tough!"
  • Golf Channel
    Merion Golf Club Hole 18 Previews with Trip Isenhour (video)

    "Take a virtual tour of Merion Golf Club hole No. 18 with Tripp Isenhour."
  • CBS Philly
    Want To Watch the US Open But Can't Get To Merion? There's An App For That, Too.

    "And you can get on the fairway yourself with Tiger and Bubba and Rory — virtually, of course, with a high-def online video game version of Merion...it's just like playing like the pros."
  • GamerHub.TV
    World Golf Tour Allows Gamers To Compete At Merion For Real Prizes

    "The Virtual U.S. Open just keeps growing. Over the past five years, we've seen over ten million virtual rounds played in the Virtual U.S. Open, and have delivered over three billion impressions to USGA sponsors."
  • The Sun UK
    Play the US Open course with SunSport

    "Take to the tee today with ultra-realistic World Golf Tour simulator game"
  • Golf.com
    Play Merion video game online – for free!

    "If, like most of us at Golf.com, you narrowly missed qualifying for this year's U.S. Open, here's your chance to take on Merion anyway."
  • Golf Channel
    Holly Sonders WGT Merion Hole 1 Preview (video)

    "Watch Holly Sonders take on a challenging shot at Merion hole 1."
  • VentureBeat GamesBeat
    WGT partners with NBC's Golf Channel for online golf game

    "The Golf Channel Virtual Tour will be promoted both online and on air, with Golf Channel's popular morning show, Morning Drive, taking the lead. Co‐hosts, including Gary Williams and Holly Sonders, will talk about their favorite WGT courses, favorite holes and may even compete against each other virtually."
  • Hollywood Reporter
    Golf Channel Goes Virtual With 'World Tour Golf' Video Game

    "The video game world and real golf continues to blend. Golf Channel, a division of NBC Sports, is giving its viewers a chance to play some of the best golf courses in the world for free through a new partnership with WGT, makers of the free-to-play online game World Golf Tour."
  • Broadway World
    Golf Channel Embraces Online Gaming Campaign with WGT Partnership

    "As the best-in-class among online golf gaming platforms, World Golf Tour offers our users unmatched service and experience. And to have the experience to compete against the team from Morning Drive is a unique opportunity only Golf Channel and the World Golf Tour can provide."
  • Golf Vacation Insider
    The One Golf Game That's Not Playing Around

    "That is, I've never found one that does a great job simulating real golf...until now. The developers of World Golf Tour have figured it out, and with more than six million players, they've quickly become the No. 1 online golf game in the world."
  • Golf.com
    Eight Golf Apps You Need Right Now
    Best App for Playing Kiawah Without Going to Kiawah: WGT Golf Lite

    "This escapist app lets you play a match against your buddies on a virtual layout that looks strikingly real."
  • Fortune
    How To Beat Tiger Woods

    "Although EA's Tiger Woods title still rules the console business, with 30 million copies and $1.2 billion in revenue to date, Cheng says WGT attracts 20 to 30 times as many players as EA's Tiger Woods online game."
  • Hooked on Golf Radio (audio)
    Interview #2 with Chad Nelson, WGT co-founder and president

    "We work directly with the USGA, and obviously Mike Davis has a great influence on how they want to setup the course and create that great sense of challenge...This is far more precision golf than what you see in some of the other championships and events."
  • GamerLive.TV
    Virtual US Open Offers PC Golfers Opportunity to Compete for Real Prizes at the Olympic Club

    "Tiger Woods isn't the only one playing golf this weekend. WGT and the United States Golf Association (USGA) saw a record two million rounds of golf played in the Virtual U.S. Open online golf championship."
  • Gamezebo
    WGT teams with USGA to recreate the Olympic Club's Lake Course

    "WGT is the team behind World Golf Tour, a highly popular browser-based golf game. The game tends to see an influx in users over the course of each US Open, as fans of the sport have taken to playing while they watch the event. Given my inability to multitask, I can't help but give them props here."
  • Luxury Daily
    Lexus Online US Open Campaign to See 100M Impressions

    "The video game is a fun way for Lexus to message to potential car buyers as the people who have an interest in the U.S. Open are affluent golfers..."
  • Hooked on Golf Radio (audio)
    Interview #1 with Chad Nelson, WGT co-founder and president

    "We have a motto that it's always sunny in World Golf Tour. Every course that we feature from Bethpage to this year's U.S. Open course at The Olympic Club..."
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WGT Patents

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,847,808 for Photographic Mapping in a Simulation
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,806,777 for Automatic Adaptation of Virtual Equipment Model
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,029,359 for Providing Offers to Computer Game Players

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