|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Founded||July 12, 1995|
333 W Glenside Ave, Glenside, Pennsylvania,
|Key people||Founder/Chief executive officer (CEO)|
|Services||Indie games, animation, art, music and user-generated content, hosting service|
|Registration||Optional; only required to vote, review, comment and submit content|
Newgrounds is an online entertainment website and company. It hosts user-generated content such as games, films, audio and artwork composition in four respective website categories. Newgrounds provides visitor-driven voting and ranking of user-generated submissions. The site's owner, Tom Fulp, produces in-house content over at the headquarters and offices, based in the Glenside neighborhood of Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania.
Fulp founded the site and company in 1995. Newgrounds played an important role in the Internet culture of the 2000s; Time ranked the website at number 39 on its "50 Best Websites" list in 2010.
User-generated content can be uploaded and categorized into either one of the site's four web portals: Games, Movies, Audio, and Art. A Movie or Games submission entered undergoes the process termed Judgment, where it can be rated by all users (from 0 to 5 stars) and reviewed by other users. The average score calculated at various points during Judgment determines if whether the content will be "saved" (added onto the database) or "blammed" (deleted, with only its reviews saved in the Obituaries section).
Art and audio compositions are processed using a different method called "Scouting". All users can put art and audio onto their own page, but only those that are "scouted" will appear in the public area. Like the Judgment system, it stops stolen content, spam, or prohibited material reaching the public area, relying on users and site moderators (referred to as "Mods"). Once an individual is scouted, they are given the privilege to scout others.
Content and context are liable to be reported for review to the Mods and staff members by flagging it for violations to the site's guidelines; a weighted system recognizes experienced users and gives their flag more voice. The Homepage of Newgrounds includes featured submissions from each category, as well as awards and honors to users whose submission that fall under the site's requirements to earn them.
In 1991, at the age 13, Tom Fulp launched a Neo Geo fanzine under the name "New Ground" sending issues to approximately 100 members of a club originating on the internet in Prodigy. Fulp launched a website in 1995 as New Ground Remix using a hosting service, increasing popularity in the summer of 1996 after BBS games Club a Seal and Assassin were created by Fulp while a student at Drexel University, Pennsylvania. Fulp created the sequels to his creations, as games Club a Seal II and Assassin II, along with the decision to develop a separate hosting site, titled New Ground Atomix.
In November and December 2018, Newgrounds experienced surges of new members originally from Tumblr, when that site began restricting adult content after illegal child pornography was found on that service, resulting in its iOS app being removed from Apple's App Store.
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