Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2009 launched!

Prague, Czech Republic– 1st December 2009– Bohemia Interactive together with NaturalPoint and RockPaperShotgun.com today announces the start of the 2009 Community Awards which invites the extensive ARMA and ARMA 2 community to nominate and vote for their favorite fan made content. Winner of each category will win a pack of attractive prizes including one of 5 TrackIR’s from NaturalPoint.

“Our titles are known for their complexity and open approach to the modding community. Modding tools released by us earlier this year, together with a complex yet easy-to-use mission editor allow fans to create their own custom content, far above and beyond fan content typical even for other PC exclusive titles.” explains Marek Spanel, Bohemia’s CEO and continues:“We have always believed in the power of a strong community and the benefits which both sides receive from such a strong relationship. I respect each and every fan that spends hours and hours doing the precise and patient work on new ingame models, missions or even complex modifications such as completely new environments or campaigns. We would like to express our thanks to all these guys and we believe that an annual Community Awards is the best way to celebrate this exhaustive work and show the fruits of such labor, beyond the walls of our own community forums.”

The 2008 awards were a great success and we received some very positive feedback from members of our community that told us that this annual tradition must continue, and here they are!

Strengthened by the official partnership with NaturalPoint, creator of unique TrackIR PC accessories and supported by RockPaperShot.com we’re pleased to announce the launch of the 2009 Community Awards. We’ve added a new category - Best ARMA/ARMA 2 User Created Movie– in order to demonstrate the unique gaming experience and favorite aspects of the Bohemia’s titles fans.

The Bohemia Interactive Community Awards 2009 contest consists of three phases:

- Nominations: starting today till December 31st 2009 12:00PM CET

- Final voting: January 1st 2010 12:00PM CET - January 31st 2010 12:00PM CET

- Winners announcement: first two weeks in February 2010;

The following categories are included:

- Best ARMA/ARMA 2 Mod / Addon

- Best ARMA/ARMA 2 Mission

- Best ARMA/ARMA 2 User Created Movie

- Best ARMA/ARMA 2 Website

- Best ARMA/ARMA 2 Member

The nomination stage for the Community Awards has just opened so we ask everyone to head over to the online nominations form now!

“NaturalPoint is excited to participate in such a creative, community-driven contest,” said Seth Steiling, Marketing Manager at NaturalPoint.„The legendary ARMA community is so passionate and dedicated--collectively creating what is really an unmatched gaming experience. We're honored to support both Bohemia Interactive and ARMA players around the world, and we're looking forward to checking out some amazing submissions.“

"It's fantastic to see companies recognizing the significance of gamer creativity. It's the vital lifeblood that sets the PC apart as a gaming platform, and the BIS games have long been among the most valuable to modders."said Jim Rossignol, editor at RockPaperShotgun.com

All details inluding the competition´s conditions are described at Bohemia´s homepage at www.bistudio.com

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For more information please contact:

IDEA Games

Michal Harangozo

Email: michal@idea-games.com

Tel: +420 257 189 564

About Bohemia Interactive

Established in 1999 in Prague, Czech Republic, Bohemia Interactive is an independent game development studio that focuses on developing original state of the art computer entertainment and simulation software, including the research of proprietary advanced real-time 3D graphics, artificial intelligence and physical simulation technologies for real-time interactive environments.

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis*, Bohemia Interactive's debut game published by Codemasters in 2001, became the No. 1 bestselling PC game around the world and has won many international awards, including“Game of The Year” and“Best Action Game.” Over 2 million copies of Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis* have been sold since its release. Bohemia Interactive’s second major release, ARMA: Armed Assault (also known as ARMA: Combat Operations), followed in 2007 and sold over 400,000 copies on PC through various local publishing partners. ARMA 2, the latest hit in the series of realistic military simulators, released worldwide during summer 2009 was placed in the top positions of official PC charts around the world immediately following its release.

The research and development team of Bohemia Interactive has more than 50 experienced developers at studios in the Czech Republic. Bohemia Interactive won the Best PC Game Developer award for 2001 at London’s ECTS exhibition and Rookie Studio of the Year award at GDC 2002. http://www.bistudio.com

*"Operation Flashpoint"™ is a trademark of Codemasters.

About NaturalPoint

Based in Corvallis, Oregon, NaturalPoint® designs and manufactures the TrackIR™, OptiTrack™, and SmartNAV™ product lines. With a rapidly growing and enthusiastic user base, over 100 supported titles, and a product in its 5th generation, TrackIR has a long history of supporting pioneering gaming titles. It is the highest-selling head tracker in the world and represents the industry standard for optical motion tracking for PC gaming. Visit www.trackir.com for more information.

About RockPaperShotgun.com

RPS is about PC gaming– all of PC gaming, rather than just one of the weird and wonderful niches most other PC-centric sites confine themselves to. It’s written by four of Britain’s top games journalists, and it aims to cover everything from the latest breaking stories about the biggest releases to esoterica from the format’s obscurest peninsulas.

Visit www.rockpapershotgun.com for more information.


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