Last chance to vote in the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards

20/10/08 - Gamers now have less than a week to make a difference in gaming’s most prestigious awards, the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards– together with Virgin Media.

With voting closing at midday on Monday 27th October– the event has already broken its voting record, smashing last year’s total and almost breaking 800,000 nominations with a week to go. More gamers than ever before have voted in this year’s awards, which are for the first-time, a headline event at the London Games Festival ( www.londongamesfestival.co.uk) - a week long cultural celebration of gaming, from Friday 24th October.

Organised by Future– the Golden Joystick Awards were first hosted back in 1982, and are the world’s longest-established gaming awards. Celebrating the last 12 months of the games industry, winning a prestigious Golden Joystick is considered by games developers as the ultimate accolade, having been voted for by gamers themselves.

Voting is still wide open in many of the 17 gamer voted categories, with the top spots changing regularly throughout the day as votes are cast. If there’s a game you feel deserves a Golden Joystick– get over to www.goldenjoystick.com and vote now!

26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards– together with Virgin Media

• Virgin Media Ultimate Game of the Year

• The Sun Family Game of the Year

• Nuts All Nighter Award

• BBC 1Xtra Soundtrack of the Year

• Bliss Handheld Game of the Year

• Play.com The One To Watch Award

• 4Talent Mobile Game of the Year

• Nintendo Game of the Year

• Online Game of the Year

• PC Game of the Year

• PlayStation Game of the Year

• Xbox Game of the Year

• Publisher of the Year

• Activision Blizzard Retailer of the Year

• UK Developer of the Year

• Edge Most Wanted Award

• E4 Grand Master Flash Award

All voters have a chance to scoop a fantastic prize, with organisers dishing out exclusive prizes like Nokia N96 mobile phones, games and magazine subscriptions for every 10,000th vote.

TV’s Frankie Boyle presents the Golden Joystick Awards live from 1.30pm GMT on Friday, 31st October and you can see the show online at www.goldenjoystick.com or www.virginmedia.com.

ENDS

About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK and US. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the games, technology, music, film and active sectors including sports, automotive and crafts. Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally. The Company employs more than 1,200 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

For more information

Will Guyatt, Future UK Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517.

About London Games Festival

The London Games Festival is a week-long cultural and business celebration of computer and video games, reflecting their cultural influence and importance in today’s society. Created by the London Development Agency (LDA) and with the full support of the industry and its trade bodies ELSPA and Tiga, the festival provides an exciting array of consumer and trade events in the capital.


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.