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3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards Nominations Open

Recipients to Be Announced at 2003 Game Developers Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 7, 2003 - Nominations for the 3rd Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in game development, are now open. There is no higher tribute than to be recognized by one's peers, so awards nominees will be submitted and voted on exclusively by game developers.

Nominations will be accepted through January 23, 2003. All those directly involved in the development and design of video games are eligible to nominate. Nomination information is available at www.gamechoiceawards.com

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) will present the awards on March 6, 2003, at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in San Jose, CA, the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to video game development and related industries.

"My passion is games," said 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Yuji Naka, president and CEO of Sega's SONICTEAM. "Having my life's work recognized by developers worldwide at the Game Developers Choice Awards was the most meaningful honor I could have ever received."'

The Game Developers Choice Awards categories focus on rewarding and recognizing innovation and excellence in the art of making games -- regardless of genre, platform or delivery medium. Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • IGDA Award for Community Contribution
  • The First Penguin Award
  • Excellence in Audio
  • Excellence in Game Design
  • Excellence in Level Design
  • Excellence in Programming
  • Excellence in Visual Arts
  • Excellence in Writing
  • Game of the Year
  • Game Innovation Spotlights
  • Original Game Character of the Year
  • Rookie Studio Award

This year, the IGDA has added an Excellence in Writing award to recognize the growing importance of outstanding writing in an interactive medium.

"The Game Developers Choice Awards owe much of their credibility and popularity to the fact that they are truly developer driven, placing the spotlight on their incredible achievements," said Jason Della Rocca, program director, IGDA.

About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)

The International Game Developers Association is a non-profit membership organization that advocates globally on issues related to digital game creation. The IGDA's mission is to strengthen the international game development community and effect change to benefit that community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit www.igda.org or e-mail info@igda.org.

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