Social Flash gaming portal Kongregate has today announced the launch of a series of new features as part of their Beta release. The site has been running since last October, when it was launched as an invitation-only Alpha build, though it has gradually opened up to the public through that period. Kongregate is billed as a Web 2.0 gaming hub and has attracted more than 300 user-submitted Flash and Shockwave games over that time, including Fancy Pants Adventures, and the IGF nominated shooter Gamma Bros..
The site was founded by Jim Greer, a former technical director of gaming portal Club Pogo, and his sister Emily, an interactive marketing executive, and is funded by Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder, Joe Kraus, co-founder of Excite and JotSpot, Jeff Clavier, whose previous investments include Userplane and MyBlogLog, and former Disney Online president Richard Wolpert, amongst others. Hoffman notes that the site "is first to deliver high caliber Web 2.0 features to the gaming segment" and provides an "infectious community".