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Award finalists revealed

by MCV staff
Finalists for the event are revealed this week, with retailers, publishers, hardware manufacturers, distributors, media outfits and service companies all represented across the 20 categories.

Electronic Arts has claimed seven finalist slots, closely followed by Sony with six, then Activision/Lucas and THQ with four each and Nintendo, Microsoft, VU Games, Take 2/Rockstar, SCi, GAME and Gamestation on three.

But it is not just the big names that are challenging for honours, with this year’s event featuring everything from Independent Retailer of the Year to Most Improved Company and Unsung Hero.

“This is the only event that covers the entire interactive entertainment community here in the UK and it recognises excellence through all levels of the business,” said MCV publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“Looking at this year’s set of finalists, it is good to be reminded of the success that companies of all sizes have achieved throughout the past 12 months.

“Given the competition out there, becoming a finalist is in itself a huge achievement and we congratulate everyone that has made it this far.”

Over 500 senior industry executives are expected to attend the event, which takes place on Thursday April 7th at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. This will include every major retail buyer and supplier within the UK market.

Sponsors for the evening include Gizmondo, which will be exclusively trialling its new handheld entertainment system, plus Nvidia, Electronic Arts, Nokia N-Gage, Gem, Department X, ELSPA and DocData.

For details on the very limited number of tickets still available, contact Kathryn@bhpr.co.uk.

FINALISTS 2005

Independent Retailer
Software Store
Playtime Multimedia
Eclipse
Action Replay
Virtual Games

Specialist Retailer
Gamestation
GAME
Chips
E-Play
CEX

Most Improved Retailer
Blockbuster
Choices
Argos
Software Store
Tesco

General Retail Chain
HMV
Argos
Tesco
Woolworths
Virgin

Online Retailer
Play.com
Amazon
Gameplay
Simply Games
GAME

Retail Buying Team
GAME
Gamestation
Andromeda
EUK
Igloo

PR Team
Electronic Arts
Ubisoft
Sony
Nintendo
Microsoft

Sales Team
Activision
EA/Pinnacle
THQ
VU Games/V6
Take 2/Gem

UK Development Team
Sports Interactive (Football Manager)
Rockstar North (GTA: San Andreas)
Criterion (Burnout 3)
Sony London Studios (Singstar, Getaway 2, EyeToy Play)
Big Blue Box/Lionhead (Fable)

Magazine Team
PSW (Future)
Official Xbox Magazine (Future)
XBM (Highbury Entertainment)
Edge (Future)
GamesTM (Highbury Entertainment)

Distribution Team
Gem
EUK
Just
Pinnacle
Centresoft

Games Industry Newcomer
Hip Interactive
Gizmondo
NCSoft
Play It
Channel Advantage

Unsung Hero
THQ (WWE series)
ELSPA/Barrington Harvey (Manhunt)
VU Games (Simpsons Hit & Run)
Just Flight (PC flight sims)
SCi (Conflict series)

Most Improved Company
Sega
SCi
Focus Multimedia
Gamestation
Midway

Trade Marketing Team
Nintendo
Activision
Microsoft
VU Games
Sony

TV Campaign
Conflict: Vietnam (SCi)
Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within (UbiSoft)
PlayStation (Sony)
The Sims 2 (EA)
The Incredibles (THQ)

Marketing Team
Electronic Arts
Activision
Ubisoft
Sony
THQ

New Games Brand
Football Manager (Sega)
SingStar (Sony)
Mercenaries (LucasArts)
Nintendo DS
Gizmondo

Games Brand
Halo (Microsoft/Bungie)
GTA (Take 2/Rockstar)
The Sims (EA/Maxis)
Need For Speed Underground (EA)
FIFA (EA)

+ Grand Prix Award (Finalists revealed on the night)

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