Game Developers Choice Online Awards organizers have announced the opening of the Audience Award, encouraging online game fans worldwide to vote for their favorite persistent online game from now until September 24th:
The winner of the Audience Award will be revealed at the Choice Online Awards ceremony, to be held on the evening of October 7, 2010 as part of the 2010 Game Developers Conference Online (GDC Online), which is taking place at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas October 5-8.
The first-ever Game Developers Choice Online Awards– a sister event to GDC's notable annual Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco– is the first award ceremony honoring the accomplishments of the creators and operators of online games.
Those voting for the Audience Award simply have to enter the name of the game and a valid email address to receive an email and confirm their vote.
They may pick from any currently-operating persistent online game, whether it be a subscription MMO, free-to-play web game title, social network game, or anything else.
A good starting point to consider picks might be recently announced nominees of the Game Developer Choice Online Awards, which run the gamut of online titles.
These developer-nominated titles span from expansive and hugely popular MMOs such as Blizzard's World of Warcraft, through addictive social network-based titles like Farmville by Zynga, to breakout titles like Riot Games' critically acclaimed League of Legends.
The Game Developers Choice Online Awards will also be honoring landmark titles and deeply influential figures in the vibrant online gaming world. The Online Game Legend Award will be given to MUD co-creator Richard Bartle, and the Hall of Fame award to the seminal Ultima Online.
More information about the Game Developers Choice Online Awards is available at the official website for the awards:
http://www.gdconlineawards.com GDC Online -- part of UBM TechWeb, as is this website -- takes place in Austin, Texas from October 5-8, 2010. Information about sessions and still-open registration for the show is available at the GDC Online website: http://www.gdconline.com