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2006 Game Developers Choice Awards Open For Nominations

Recipients to be Announced During 2006 Game Developers Conference

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 3, 2006- Nominations are now being accepted for the 6th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in game development. Entries can be submitted through www.gamechoiceawards.com up until Jan. 13, 2006. The awards ceremony, produced by the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and presented by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), will take place Wednesday, March 22, 2006 during the GDC. The gala, held in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival, will be hosted at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.

"The GDC is proud to produce and showcase the industry's most highly-regarded awards," said Jamil Moledina, director of the GDC. "The 'Choice' refers to the fact that professional game developers themselves freely nominate and vote for other developers, a process administered by the IGDA, an independent non-profit organization. This structure gives the Game Developers Choice Awards a level of credibility that puts it on par with other top entertainment industry awards shows, and we are excited to continue our tradition of honoring the game industry's greatest talent."

The Game Developers Choice Awards acknowledge excellence in the art of game creation - regardless of genre, platform or delivery medium . Awards will be presented for the following categories:

  • Best Game
  • Innovation
  • Audio
  • Character Design
  • Game Design
  • Technology
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing
  • New Studio
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • First Penguin
  • Maverick
  • Community Contribution

"Making games is an art and a science, and the Choice Awards will congratulate outstanding achievement by developers from the past year," Jason Della Rocca, the IGDA's executive director, said.

Nomination ballot and further details on the Choice Awards available online at www.gamechoiceawards.com.

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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