Worlds.com, a provider of 3D Internet
technology and content, said it has signed an agreement to create and host
NYYankeesWorld.com, “the first real 3D virtual online world ever created for
a major sports team.”
The deal calls for revenue sharing between Worlds.com and
UltraStar relating to advertising, sponsorships and VIP membership fees.
UltraStar is a management technology partnership that brings major
entertainment, sports and fashion clients exposure in community-based forums
delivered over the Web.
The NYYankeesWorld.com site will have a free version that all Yankees fans
will be able to visit and download directly from the Yankees.com site.
Once the initial download is completed, it will place a fan right in the
middle of Yankee Stadium. Fans will see an avatar gallery that will permit
them to select who they will be and how they will look in the virtual Yankee
Through his or her avatar character, the Yankee fan, using the arrow key on
the computer, will be able to walk around and meet and communicate with other
Yankee fans from all over the world. Communication can take place through
Internet text chat or Worlds.com’s voice chat.
The second phase of the Agreement calls for Worlds.com to create a more
extensive virtual world for Yankees.com to be included as a separate world on
The CD will be sold at the Worlds.com site, as well as through retail outlets.
Worlds.com said it already has begun discussions with companies that might
wish to be sponsors and/or advertisers.