Embargoed until 7PM BST, May 29th, 2013.
London, UK - At a soul-searching debate on the craft of games journalism in central London, a panel of games journalism luminaries revealed the winners of the inaugural Games Journalism Prize, sponsored by Thumbstar. The winning pieces were Night and the City by Christian Donlan, End Game by Jason Schwarz and Thirteen Ways to look at a Shooter, by Tom Bissell. Night and the City took the £1000 Grand Prize. Nominations for the 2013 Prizes open today at www.gamesjournalismprize.com, where an ebook anthology of the shortlisted pieces is also available.
The three prizes and Grand Prize were designed to find the best journalism and writing about video games, were judged by journalists and are non-profit and non-commercial. The prize has been set up as a non-profit organisation by an advisory committee of games journalism veterans. All proceeds from the ebook go to GamesAid, the charitable games organisation.
The winners were:
Best Feature and Grand Prize: Night and the City by Christian Donlan at Eurogamer
Best Investigative Journalism: End Game by Jason Schwartz at the Boston Magazine
Best Criticism: Thirteen Ways to look at a Shooter, by Tom Bissell at Grantland
Grand Prize winner Christian Donlan said;
"This has been a lovely surprise, and I really appreciate it. With Night and the City, I was very lucky to be handed a story that not even I could screw up, and I was equally fortunate when it comes to the editorial team at Eurogamer, who are always willing to take risks with features. If you strip away all the family history and the indulgence in what I wrote, I think what you're left with is an example of the sheer power of games - of how they surprised my dad with the things they could be, and took him back to the era he grew up in. That sort of thing is always worth writing about, hopefully."
Advisory panel member Dan Griliopoulos said;
“We're glad that we're finally able to announce the winners of the Prizes. The three winning pieces are exceptionally good, but whittling down from the longlists and shortlists was no easy matter - many thanks must go to our long-suffering judging panel for reading over a thousand submissions during the last ten months. Given the quality of writing about games so far in 2013, this year's prize is promising to be even more difficult to judge."
The 2012 judging panel included an Orange Award winning writer, a political journalist, and a range of games journalism luminaries. A full list of the 2012 judges can be found on the site at http://gamesjournalismprize.com/the-2012-prizes/
Note to Editors: These prizes are not associated in any way with BAFTA, The Guardian, or any other institutions affiliated with the founders. The 2012 Prizes were sponsored by mobile games developer, Thumbstar. The 2013 Prizes do not, currently, have a sponsor.
The 2013 prizes are open to all English language articles published during 2013 and the winners will be announced in 2014. Shortlisted nominees will be revealed throughout the year. The three prize categories are: Investigative Journalism, Criticism and Features / Miscellaneous.