Rowntree, founder of BDSM-oriented Wasteland Studios now in its 21st year, was honored by the recognition.
“I want to thank XBIZ for this incredible honor,” Rowntree said.
Founded in 1994, Wasteland.com has received a variety of adult industry awards, including the 2012 XBIZ Award for Specialty/Alternative Site of the Year.
Wasteland.com has been featured by HBO, Wired and the BBC, and has won dozens of industry awards, including the winner of the Free Speech Coalition’s Leadership Award.
Rowntree also is one of the founders of Boodigo.com. A collaboration between Rowntree, his wife and Sssh.com owner Angie Rowntree and the development firm 0x7a69 Inc., adult search engine BoodiGo made its official launch in late September.
“For months, all we’d been hearing about is the government and private sector alike tracking web users and data-mining the living hell out of unsuspecting consumers,” Rowntree said. “We figured the time was right for a search engine which was explicit about not doing any of that.”
“It’s a bit counterintuitive to some people, the idea of a porn-specific search engine proactively screening out specific porn sites,” Rowntree said, “But one of our biggest frustrations in recent years is seeing sites which offer pirated Wasteland and Sssh videos appearing above us in the major search engine’s response pages, and we knew others in the industry were experiencing the same thing, so we made a commitment to ourselves and to the industry: Pirate sites are not welcome on BoodiGo.”
Presented by Fleshlight and hosted by adult superstars James Deen, the 2015 XBIZ Awards ceremony took place last week at JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles, amidst the XBIZ 360 event series.