Vgames.co.il Gaming Community - Official Steam Group
Vgames is the leading site in the Israeli gaming scene. The site is the largest of its kind in Israel, with about 800,000 UUs every month. The site has 4 main gaming channels: The magazine (reviews, articles, news etc.), Gaming communities (forums, leagues, LAN parties, game servers etc.), Online games (free online flash-based games, creating an online games network with leading portals in Israel etc.) and Game downloads (huge demos index, trailers etc., and a premium service of full free games to download). Vgames supply gaming-related content for other Israeli leading portals, such as YNET, the biggest online newspaper Israel; Shesh, the biggest site for kids in Israel; Globes, a leading financial newspaper, and many many more.
Vgames was founded in 1999 by Internet Zahav (Israeli ISP) as a free gaming content site. In 2001 the site was modified to a newsletter format for paying users only. In 2002 the site became profitable, and a large part of the premium content was opened to the public for free. At the end of 2006, a major shift in management and focus occurred: a new site director, a new senior editor and a new senior programmer came on board, a new look for the site and new channels were created (communities and online games). Since then, the portal has shown a steady growth, with a 100% increase by the end of 2007 in users (from 75k UUs to about 800k UUs a month). On December 2007, the site orginized its first massive gaming event (LAN party - Israel's PC game championship of 2007), with about 2,000 gaming fans in attendance, and a huge exposure in the mainstream press (major internet sites, written press, radio and more).