TWELFTH ANNUAL GAME DEVELOPERS CHOICE AWARDS OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS NOW THROUGH JAN. 4

SAN FRANCISCO— December 13, 2011 — The Game Developers Conference (GDC) has opened nominations for the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards through January 4, 2012.  Produced by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, the Awards are the most prestigious honors in the world of video game development.

In its 12th year of celebrating the top games and developers, the Game Developers Choice Awards will recognize the creativity, artistry and technical genius of leading industry professionals. The awards ceremony takes place the evening of March 7, during GDC 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

Awards in 13 categories are open for nominations to games that launched to retail or debuted online during the 2011 calendar year as well as the three special awards, Lifetime Achievement, Pioneer Award and Ambassador Award, which are open to anyone not previously recognized.

Nominations can be submitted by any worldwide game professional, registered with a Gamasutra.com account, simply by voting via the Game Developers Choice Awards website - http://www.gamechoiceawards.com.  Winners will be selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards' International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is a handpicked group comprised of 500 leading game creators from across of the video game industry. Special Award winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes notable industry veterans from Valve, PopCap, ngmoco, BioWare, Zynga and more.

The 2011 Game Developers Choice Award categories open for nominations until January 4th are:

(Regular Awards)

- Best Audio

- Best Debut Game

- Best Downloadable Game

- Best Handheld/Mobile Game

- Best Game Design

- Best Narrative

- Best Technology

- Best Visual Arts

- Innovation Award

- Game of the Year

(Special Awards)

- Lifetime Achievement

- Pioneer Award

- Ambassador Award

The ceremony, produced by the Game Developers Conference® (GDC) and supported by Gamasutra.com and Game Developer Magazine, will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm.  The ceremony is held immediately following the Independent Games Festival Awards, and will take place at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.

For more information about the Game Developers Choice Awards or to submit a nomination ballot, visit www.gamechoiceawards.com. For further information and to register for GDC, please visit www.gdconf.com.

About the UBM TechWeb Game Network 

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About UBM TechWeb, a division of United Business Media

UBM TechWeb, the global leader in technology media and professional information, enables people and organizations to harness the transformative power of technology.  Through its core businesses – media solutions, marketing services and professional information – UBM TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed brands, applications and services in the technology market. More than 14.5 million business and technology professionals (CIOs, IT and IT Support managers, Web & Digital professionals, Software and Game developers, Government decision makers, and Telecom providers) actively participate in UBM TechWeb’s communities. UBM TechWeb brands includes: global face-to-face events such as Interop, Game Developers Conference (GDC), Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; large-scale online networks such as InformationWeek,  Light Reading and Gamasutra; research, training, and certification services, including HDI, Pyramid Research, and InformationWeek Analytics; and market-leading magazines such as InformationWeek and Wall Street & Technology.  UBM TechWeb is part of UBM, a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.

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