Pocket Gamer Awards 2012 nominees revealed

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For Immediate Release

Bath, UK – 8 th February 2012 – Steel Media is proud to announce the shortlist for this year’s Pocket Gamer Awards.

Selected by the Pocket Gamer team from several hundred titles across the iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Java and Sony/Nintendo handheld formats – and reviewed on the site between 1 st January to 31 st December 2011 – the finalists have been divided into categories spanning a range of key genres, as well as being considered for the obligatory individual format Game of the Year category.

The Pocket Gamer Awards 2012 nominees can be viewed here:

www.pocketgamer.co.uk/pgawards2012.asp

New for this year, and reflecting the event’s continued growth in stature, is the inclusion of external judges. A select number of highly respected industry specialists will assist the entire PG team in the judging process in order to assess and determine the deserved winners.

As has become traditional, the winners themselves will be announced during this year’s GDC, running on 5-9 th March in San Francisco, with a special celebratory event co-sponsored by Chinese leading Android publisher and social network iDreamSky, and that nation’s largest iOS developer community portal CocoaChina. (We’ll have more details of the event itself soon.)

"Having considered close to 700 titles, we're relieved to have managed to whittle the list down to a selection we feel represents the very best pocket gaming experiences of 2011 – and to have done this without suffering serious casualties amongst the Pocket Gamer team," said PG editor-in-chief Kristan Reed.

"In a year that not only saw Android establish itself as a serious alternative to iOS while other formats such as Windows Phone, Xperia Play and 3DS joined the fray, but one that also witnessed increasingly widespread acceptance of the merit of smartphone gaming within the console-playing community, the resulting calibre of 2011's must-play titles has been exceptional."

In another customary move, the editorially selected awards will be accompanied by the Pocket Gamer Readers’ Choice Awards 2012, in a process that enables PG readers to nominate and then subsequently vote for their favourite game of last year.

Voting for the Pocket Gamer Readers’ Choice Awards opens later this month, with more details to follow.

CONTACT

For more information, contact Joao Diniz Sanches ( joao@steelmedia.co.uk)

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Notes to editors

About Steel Media

Steel Media is a leading mobile consumer technology publisher based in the UK. With a team boasting over 90 years of experience in consumer and contract publishing, the company currently publishes Europe’s biggest mobile and handheld gaming website PocketGamer.co.uk, which is licensed internationally, the leading mobile games industry portal PocketGamer.biz, consumer friendly mobile entertainment site PocketPicks.co.uk, and leading iPhone video review portal AppSpy.

Steel Media also runs iPhone Quality Index and Free App Alliance, as well as the iPhone Alliance and Smartphone Alliance advertising networks, syndicates content to mobile operators and handset manufacturers, and provides a range of editorial, design and other contract publishing services to a number of leading blue chip brands.

For further information the Pocket Gamer network or Steel Media, contact Chris James: chris@steelmedia.co.uk

About iDreamSky

Based in Shenzen, China, iDreamSky is a company dedicated to developing cross-platform applications for the global mobile entertainment industry. iDreamSky’s SkyNet, for instance, focuses on developing a social gaming and distribution platform for Android that brings world class mobile games and equips them with a feature-rich network that is designed for the Chinese mobile ecosystem and gamers.

About CocoaChina

Headquartered in Beijing, CocoaChina hosts the largest iOS developer community in China. CocoaChina aims to help developers cross the barrier between China and the world, and become successful in both markets. The company is also a top game developer of that country with more than 40 million installs on iOS and Android. In addition, CocoaChina runs one of the largest mobile ad network in China, with close to 1 billion monthly impressions.

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