OPRAH’S THANK YOU GAME RAPIDLY REPORTS THE SPREAD OF GRATITUDE TO 2.3 MILLION IN THE FIRST 36 HOURS OF GAME LAUNCH

“HALF A BILLION HERE WE COME!” says SUPERBETTER LABS game designer Jane McGonigal

San Francisco (May 2, 2012) – Today Oprah’s Thank You Game exceeded expectations and broke new ground on the first day and a half of launch. "We've spread gratitude to 2.3 million people in just 36 hours,” said game designer Jane McGonigal, Chief Creative Officer for SuperBetter Labs. "It goes to show the power of games can work to motivate and engage us in new ways, as we were able to easily spread gratitude to so many so quickly! Half a billion here we come!"

The SuperBetter Labs team co-designed Oprah’sThank You Game” in partnership with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and it was the company’s first title developed specifically for the Facebook platform (facebook.com/owntv). Oprah’s Thank You Game was built with the goal of spreading the positive emotion of gratitude to half a billion people worldwide.

SuperBetter Labs’ research into the science of gaming, social networks and the contagious nature of gratitude had showed that one properly articulated “thank you” can reach up to 258 people. From that insight, Chief Creative Officer Jane McGonigal and Director of Design Chelsea Howe worked with OWN to develop an interactive way of encouraging displays of gratitude via the social graph.

Sean Baenen, Vice Chair of SuperBetter Labs, added, “This design is one of many we have that use social games as vehicles for positive real world behavior. It’s exceptional to see the uptake and that genuinely good acts are being facilitated by a game on the social graph.”

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ABOUT SUPERBETTER LABS

SuperBetter Labs' mission is to design platforms that help people lead "epic lives."  The concept of an epic life is centered on developing strong social relationships, positive emotion, confronting challenges, and creating a truer sense of purpose in the real world through the use of online game mechanics, gameful IT products and other tested methods of positive social interaction.  Chief Creative Officer Jane McGonigal, creator of SuperBetter, the first product of SuperBetter Labs, also co-designed Oprah’s Thank You Game for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).  More information on SuperBetter Labs can be found on www.superbetterlabs.com, www.facebook.com/superbetterlabs, or on twitter @superbetterlabs.  

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SuperBetter Labs' mission is to design platforms that help people lead "epic lives." The concept of an epic life is centered on developing strong social relationships, positive emotion, confronting challenges, and creating a truer sense of purpose in the real world through the use of online game mechanics, gameful IT products and other tested methods of positive social interaction. Chief Creative Officer Jane McGonigal, creator of SuperBetter, the first product of SuperBetter Labs, also co-designed Oprah’s Thank You Game for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). More information on SuperBetter Labs can be found on www.superbetterlabs.com, www.facebook.com/superbetterlabs, or on twitter @superbetterlabs.

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