Cologne, 16th August 2011 - The winners of the European Games Award 2011 (EGA 2011) have been announced. Over a period of about six weeks, interested gamers were able to vote via online polls and choose their favorites. More than 75,000 users from across Europe took advantage of this opportunity and submitted more than 800,000 votes in total. The organizer, Aruba Events, announced the winners on Saturday at the award ceremony, which took place on Cologne event ship Pure-Liner 1.
The first prize in the category “Best European Indie Game” went to Mojang, the creator of Minecraft Beta. The voters proclaimed the online game World of Tanks of wargaming.net as the “Best European Online Game”. Battlestar Galactica won the race in the “Best European Browser Game” category and Wooga was voted “Best European Publisher”. This year, the “Personality Award” goes to Yves Guillemot, CEO and Chairman of Ubisoft. Yves Guillemot, founded Ubisoft in 1986 along with four brothers and remains at the top of the French publishing group, which has offices in 20 countries and more than 5,000 employees.
The big winner of the evening was undoubtedly “Crysis 2” by Crytek. Europe's gamers have rewarded the FPS not only with the awards for “Best European Action Game,” “Best European Sound,” “Best European Advertisement” and “Best European Art Direction”, but the game was also voted “Best European Game” overall. Crytek’s development HQ was awarded the prize of “Best European Studio”. Because Crytek won so many categories, the host nation, Germany, ended up just before the United Kingdom in the category “Best European Game Country”.
The event, which is in its second year, was a resounding success and was attended by many famous guests from the gaming industry among the winners, presenters and invitees. Among others, Charles Cecil (Revolution games), Kelvin Aston and Ian Pickles (Team 17), Adam Badowski with John Mamais (CD Projekt RED), Kenny Magnusson (DICE) and Avni Yerli (Crytek) awarded the coveted prizes. The awards ceremony, like last year, was hosted by presenter Viola Tensil, known for GIGA and the gaming show PLAY'D.
Stephan Reichart, Managing Director of Events Aruba and organizer of the European Games Award: “In 2010, the European Games Award celebrated its premiere and even then enjoyed a very great popularity by gamers in Europe. This year, we recorded increases in registered users by 500%. A clear signal for the increased importance of the EGA, which we could not dream of.”
As in the previous year, the awarding of the European Games Awards in 2011 was held at the event ship "Pure-Liner 1", which turned into a floating party location for the after show party following the official part of the evening .
About the European Games Award
The European Games Award is Europe's largest consumer award regarding gaming and honors the best games, developers, publishers and platforms. Organizer Aruba Events has been organizing the annual German Developer Awards for the last seven years. The most important award for German developers, led to the conception of the European Games Award. More information on the European Games Award can be found on the Internet at www.european-games-award.com.
About Aruba Events
The Aruba Events GmbH is Germany‘s leading event agency for events in the games-branch. Among other events, Aruba organizes the renowned ‚German Developers Award‘ (since 2004), the Quo Vadis in Berlin, the most successful German developer’s conference (since 2003)‚ Europe’s first cultural festival for games, the ‚Living Games Festival‘ (since 2008), as well as Europe’s largest public games award, the ‚European Games Award‘ (since 2010). The German Developers Award and the Living Games Festival were both official projects of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010.
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