Liverpool, UK –11 th December 2012 - Mobile games developer and publisher, Thumbstar Games, is honoured to be associated with Games Journalism Prizes, the new global prizes to recognise the best writing about videogames. Thumbstar has donated the prize of £1000, which will be awarded to the best piece of games journalism written in English and published for the first time between 1 st January 1st and 31 st December 2012. The winners will be announced on 1 st February 2013.
The prize is intended to encourage excellence in video game reportage and highlight great writing to bring it to a wider audience. The judging panel is made up of professional journalists and writers with many years experience, including Orange Prize-winning author Naomi Alderman, Gamasutra editor Leigh Alexander, Gamespot editor Guy Cocker, RockPaperShotgun founder Kieron Gillen, New Statesman deputy editor Helen Lewis, IGN editor Keza MacDonald, and Edge editor Alex Wiltshire.
Kirsten Kearney, Thumbstar’s Digital Communication Manager said:
“It’s never been more important than it is now for the industry to come together and for different sectors to support one another. Games journalism is the heart and soul of the video games industry and what Games Journalism Prizes is doing is an absolute good. The simple and streamlined way this initiative highlights the creativity and passion at the heart of games writing is brilliant and we’re very proud to support it.”
Dan Griliopoulos, Games Journalism Prizes Advisory Committee member said:
"Obviously, the kudos of having your writing recognised by your peers should be reward enough for any writer, but starving artists have to pay the rent on that garrett somehow, so we're very happy that Thumbstar has chosen to donate this money. We've decided that the thousand pounds will go straight to the winner of the best piece chosen by all the judges, without even resting in our bank accounts. We're tempted to call it The Grand Prize. "
About Thumbstar Games
Thumbstar is a mobile games service provider representing more than 150 developers and providing in excess of 3500 titles through 200 channels globally, including the UK and Europe, S.E. Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Australasia. Thumbstar originally started out in 2008 as an aggregator / publisher of mobile games for J2Me, Windows Mobile, RIM BlackBerry and Symbian. Since then Thumbstar has also moved into mobile games publishing for iOS and Android and expanded its business offering to become a digital developer, distributor and publisher of mobile entertainment lifestyle applications, wallpapers and themes.
About Games Journalism Prizes
Games Journalism Prizes is a not-for-profit Community Interest Group. The prize is not affiliated with BAFTA or The Guardian. Any piece of journalism written in English and published for the first time between January 1st 2012 and December 31st 2012 is eligible and can be submitted here http://gamesjournalismprize.com/submit-your-entry Submission end 31st December 2012 and winners will be announced 1st February 2013. To find out more about Games Journalism Prizes visit http://gamesjournalismprize.com