2009 GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS

SAN FRANCISCO—December 18, 2008— Submissions are now being accepted for the 2009 Game Developers Choice Awards, the most prestigious honors in videogame development. The ten awards will be given out at a ceremony produced by the Game Developers Conference® (GDC) and presented by Gamasutra.com and Game Developer Magazine on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at GDC. The celebration, held in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival (IGF), will be hosted in the Esplanade Room in the South Hall of San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. The nomination ballot and further details about the Choice Awards are now available online at www.gamechoiceawards.com.

“Over the last eight years, the Game Developers Choice Awards have recognized excellence in videogame development with a peer-based voting methodology. The awards are for developers, by developers,” said Meggan Scavio, event director of the Game Developers Conference.“We’re honored to be keeping the tradition alive by hosting the awards at GDC where all the creative talent will be celebrated for yet another innovative year of games.”

The Game Developers Choice Awards recognizes excellence in the art of game creation in any genre or platform. The 2009 award categories open for nominations are:

• Best Audio

• Best Debut Game

• Best Downloadable Game

• Best Handheld Game

• Best Game Design

• Best Technology

• Best Visual Arts

• Best Writing

• Innovation Award

• Game of the Year

To submit a nomination ballot for the Game Developers Choice Awards, visit www.gamechoiceawards.com. For further information and to register for GDC, please visit www.gdconf.com.

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