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Internet TV Station “AbemaTV” Receives the “Best App” Award in Google Play’s “Best of 2016” Ranking (Japan Edition)

Music streaming service “AWA” and game app with VR Mode “Alternative Girls” recognized in other categories

CyberAgent

CyberAgent, Inc. (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Susumu Fujita, President; TSE First Section, Code 4751) announces that the internet TV station “AbemaTV” received the “Best App” award in Google Play’s “Best of 2016” ranking (Japan edition).
 
The “Best of 2016” in Japan is Google’s program to select and recognize with awards the best apps and games among titles popular in Japan during the year.
 
This year, the internet TV station "Abema TV" was selected as "Best App of 2016," with the subscription-based music streaming service "AWA" receiving the award for "Best Entertainment" and the native app with VR Mode "Alternative Girls" as one of the "Most Innovative Game."
 
CyberAgent will continue to work to develop internet services that are easy to use, and offer a better user experience.

Best App of 2016: “AbemaTV”

“AbemaTV” is a new video streaming service jointly developed by CyberAgent and TV Asahi as an “internet TV station” for users to enjoy free of charge. The service was launched on April 11, 2016 (Monday), with around 30 channels offering a wide variety of free programing, including original live content, news, music, sports, and dramas. The station has broadcast a cumulative total of more than 100,000 programs, with the number of downloads growing rapidly to exceed 10 million as of November 2, 2016 (Wednesday). No sign-up is required, and the service can be used with many different devices including smartphones, PCs, and tablets, with the same sense as watching TV. Compatibility has been added for new TV devices such as Google Cast, the Amazon Fire TV series, and Apple TV (fourth generation), and we plan to further expand the service to include additional formats.

Best Entertainment: “AWA”

“AWA” is a subscription-based music streaming service jointly provided by CyberAgent and Avex Group Holdings Inc..  Launched in May 2015, the service has reached more than 30 million songs streamed, attracted famous artists and includes around six million user playlists. In November 2016 a new Free Plan was announced that allows users access to all functions other than “Offline Playback” free of charge. Cumulative downloads exceeded 10 million as of November 2016.

Most Innovative Game: “Alternative Girls”

“Alterative Girls” is a young girl RPG with gorgeous 3D graphics. The main character (player) is summoned to the Hitomi Gakuen, an academy where young girls called “Alternas” study and train with combat drills, and battle the “night beasts” around the city. The girls live together as they counter threats. The most notable feature of the game is the inclusion of a virtual reality mode. Users can enjoy a special story within the game by using commercially available VR goggles for smartphones, offering a sense of immersion as if they are actually in the game.