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Posted 23 Mar 2012

CVTF500 Ambassador wins top prize at Guardian Digital Innovation Awards 2012

Courvoisier is thrilled to announce that CVTF500 Ambassador Michael Acton Smith, the CEO of games studio Mind Candy and publisher of global kids’ phenomenon, Moshi Monsters, was named Tech Guru at the Guardian’s Digital Innovation Awards 2012.

The Tech Guru award is presented to the individual whom the judges believe has made the most impact on technology innovation in the last year, is respected by their peers, and is behind innovations that are, or have the potential to be, game changing. It truly is the top media award, and the judges felt that Michael pushed all the right tech buttons.

Mind Candy, a British entertainment company based in the heart of London’s tech city, was launched by UK entrepreneur Michael Acton Smith in 2004. It has had great success with Moshi Monsters, an online world for kids aged 6-12 where users can adopt their very own pet monster, personalise its room, play games and educational puzzles and communicate with friends in a safe environment. Since launching in 2008, Moshi Monsters now has 60 million registered users in 150 territories worldwide and has expanded offline with bestselling toys, trading cards, a Moshi DS game, the UK’s best selling kids magazine, and much more. The company’s latest venture includes a Moshi Monsters Music debut album due to launch on 2nd April, which has already stormed into the top 3 on Amazon’s pre-order album charts.

The Megas have championed a variety of digital innovations since their inception in 2008, and the winners were announced last night by TV critic and Guardian columnist Grace Dent at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London.

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