Voting now open for the Golden Joystick Awards 2007

04/07/07 - Future, the UK's leading video games media publisher, is delighted to announce that voting for the Golden Joystick Awards 2007 is now open!

As the world's longest-established video games awards ceremony heads into its 25th anniversary year, organisers have introduced a brand-new "UK Developer of the Year" gong. Praising and recognising the best homegrown talent, 51 companies, including Evolution Studios (Motorstorm) and Realtime Worlds (Crackdown) are in with a chance of scooping the prestigious award.

Golden Joystick Awards 2007

Ultimate Game of the Year

The Sun Family Game of the Year

Bliss Girl's Choice Award

Nuts All Nighter Award

BBC 1Xtra&Rampage Soundtrack of the Year

Handheld Game of the Year

Innovation of the Year

The One To Watch Award

Mobile Game of the Year

Nintendo Game of the Year

Online Game of the Year

PC Game of the Year

Playstation Game of the Year

Xbox Game of the Year

Publisher of the Year

Retailer of the Year

UK Developer of the Year

With 17 awards in total, the Golden Joystick Awards 2007 celebrate excellence in video gaming across the world, and are the only gongs voted for by those who matter most - gamers themselves. Last year's event registered over half a million votes, and the race is on to reach one million votes in this very special 25th anniversary year.

Organisers, Future are actively encouraging the games industry to actively engage with the games buying public to promote the event. By visiting www.goldenjoystick.com, gamers can vote in as many or as few categories as they like. Voting now can directly influence the shortlists for the final stage of voting, which begins on Wednesday, 1st August.

The final results of this year's Golden Joystick Awards will be announced at the now infamous awards ceremony, held at London's Park Lane Hilton on Friday, 26th October. Once again, the event will be broadcast live on CVG ( www.cvg.co.uk), GamesRadar ( www.gamesradar.com) and NextGen ( www.next-gen.biz)

Tables at the Golden Joystick Awards, with access to the legendary aftershow party are currently available at the early-bird rate of£1650. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Scott Longstaff on 01225 822847, or email: scott.longstaff@futurenet.co.uk

You can view the Golden Joystick Awards 2006, hosted by Justin Lee Collins exclusively at www.goldenjoystick.com.

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Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517

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