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Joysticks hits the million

15th October 2009 For the first time in its 27 year history, polling in the Golden Joystick Awards for the nation’s favourite video games has reached an incredible 1 million votes.

With the‘virtual ballot box’ at www.goldenjoystick.com set to close at midday on Monday 26th October, there’s just 11 days left for the British public to decide the winners of the prestigious Golden Joystick trophy.

Voting totals have already reached unprecedented territory as the Golden Joystick Awards surpassed last year’s tally of 856,262 votes cast over 6 weeks ago.

The categories for this year’s awards are;

Family Game of the Year

Bliss Magazine Handheld Game of the Year

The MSN Multiplayer Game of the Year

The ShortList One to Watch

PC Game of the Year

Mobile Game of the Year

Nintendo Game of the Year

Online Game of the Year

Xbox Game of the Year

PlayStation Game of the Year

Publisher of the Year

Retailer of the Year

The Rampage Soundtrack of the Year

The Amiqus Games UK Developer of the year award

The Ultimate Game of the Year together with Zavvi.com

To reach the total of one million votes cast just goes to show how popular and mainstream video gaming has become with the Great British public.” said Emma Parkinson, Publisher at Future UK and organiser of the Golden Joystick Awards.“Once seen as the preserve of teenagers' bedrooms across the nation, interactive entertainment and video games today form the cornerstone of British family social life, with consoles and PCs at the heart of almost every household in Britain and handheld games and and mobile phones in the pockets of millions. Gaming really is everywhere, and as this hobby becomes more and more important we're pleased to have been able to give so many gamers the chance to vote for their favourite releases.”

Featuring 15 gamer-voted categories, the event is the world’s longest-running video games awards, first held back in 1982. Votes cast now at www.goldenjoystick.com will decide who scoops a prestigious Golden Joystick when the winners are announced in London on Friday, 30th October in the ceremony hosted by UK comedian Sean Lock.

For more information about the Golden Joystick Awards please contact Justin Crosby on 0207 100 3999 justin@boomdialogue.com

For media accreditation for the Golden Joystick Awards please email joysticks@boomdialogue.com

For more information about Future UK please contact Will Guyatt, Future UK, 01225 822517

About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group that is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR). Founded in 1985 withone magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events for people who are passionate about their interests. We hold strong market positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts. Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Digital Camera, Fast Car, Classic Rock, Guitar World, Official Xbox Magazine, Official Playstation Magazine, Nintendo Power, Maximum PC and MacLife. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, techradar.com, and musicradar.com. Future produces over 4 million magazines each month; we attract more than 18 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 25 annual live events that attract hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts. In addition, Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally, making us the UK's number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.


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