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Hubert Chardot to Receive IGDA's First Penguin Award; Jeff Lander to be Recognized for Community Contribution

International Game Developers Association to Honor Recipients At Game Developers Choice Awards Ceremony

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 5, 2002 - The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will be recognizing Hubert Chardot and Jeff Lander for their outstanding industry contributions at the Game Developer Choice Awards, March 21, 2002, in San Jose, Calif. Chardot will receive the First Penguin Award and Lander the IGDA Award for Community Contribution at the ceremony to be held at the Game Developers Conference.

The First Penguin Award acknowledges developers who have shown a willingness to take risks for potential advancements in game development. Chardot will receive this honor for his work on ALONE IN THE DARK, a game that started the "survival-horror" genre. The title was the first of its kind, with a rich story, dark atmosphere, elaborate cinematography, complex puzzles and unique gameplay.

We are all passionate people with ideas to create attractive interactive worlds for the public," stated Chardot. "This award has inspired me to work harder and I hope it will encourage others to take more risks in their work. I am very grateful to receive this honor from those I consider the brilliant creators of a new art form.

The IGDA Award for Community Contribution is presented to a developer who has made significant efforts in building community, sharing knowledge and advancing the art form of interactive entertainment. Lander writes extensively for game development publications and fosters a strong developer community in Los Angeles. He also speaks at numerous industry events, organizes seminars dedicated to sharing advanced technical knowledge and champions student outreach efforts.

I am thankful and humbled to receive an award like this from fellow developers," said Lander. "Early on, I realized that when you give a little to the development community, you receive back more than you ever would hope. I have tried to let this idea guide my career and have never been disappointed.

The Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Board selects the recipients of the First Penguin Award and the IGDA Award for Community Contribution.

The 2nd annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in game development, are scheduled to take place at the Game Developers Conference. Produced by the CMP Media's Gama Network, GDC is the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to video game development and related industries.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

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