WINNERS OF SELECTED PROJECTS 2012 UNVEILED AT GAME CONNECTION EUROPE

Paris, 7th December 2011 - After passionate presentations from the 15 hopefuls and much careful deliberation by the panel of industry experts, it’s with great pleasure that Game Connection can now unveil the final winners of Selected Projects 2012. The awards were presented today at Game Connection Europe, currently underway in Paris, France.

The ultimate prize of ‘Best Project 2012’ was awarded to   Mimimi Productions for their project Tink. The winners will receive valuable hardware and development support from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, including PlayStation®3 or PlayStation®Vita development kits, alongside the significant extra visibility the award will bring.

The two runners up are   Casual Brothers with Orc Attack and Blossom Minds with Walter. Both teams will be invited by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to their London offices for a training day (technical support, QA and PlayStation®Network business).

The special Sony Computer Entertainment Europe award was presented to  Facepalm Games for their project The Swapper.  As their prize, Facepalm Games will receive hardware and development support, plus pre-certification support.

“The standard of this year’s entries for Selected Projects has been phenomenal.  We’ve seen many brilliant ideas which prove beyond a doubt that innovation is alive and well in video games,” said Pierre Carde, creator of Game Connection. “I would like to extend my personal thanks to Sony Computer Entertainment and the entire panel of judges who have given their time and expertise so willingly in support of the initiative. Lastly of course, my congratulations go to the very deserving winners. I can’t wait to see their inspiring projects come to fruition.”

‘Selected Projects 2012’ supporting new talent

Each year at Game Connection Europe, over 250 individual game projects are presented to key global publishing and distribution decision makers. Prior to the 2010 launch of the ‘Selected Projects’ initiative, Game Connection ran the ‘Level Up’ program, and has clocked up ten years of supporting innovative emerging businesses.  Success stories to date have included Playdead, Nadeo and Bulkypix.

The ‘Selected Projects’ initiative gives developers an opportunity to lift their project above the crowd, be seen by the right people, and increase their chances of making the most valuable connections in an increasingly complex and competitive games market.

For more details on each of the 15 titles and to decide which you think deserves to win the ultimate title of ‘Best Project 2012’, visit http://bit.ly/twcQ4E

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About Game Connection:

Game Connection is an event produced by Connection Events, creator of opportunities, resources and results in the Video Game Industry. Taking place in Lyon (France) and San Francisco (California, USA), Game Connection stands out as an efficient business meeting solution with: matchmaking events between service providers, developers, publishers and distributors; network building and business enhancement.

The Game Connection Europe offers delegates significant added value through its program of conferences and master classes.

The Game Connection America will take place in San Francisco  5th-7th March 2012.

About Connection Events:

Connection Events specializes in the creation of services and events aimed at video game industry professionals, with more than 850 business clients in more than 45 countries. Core Connection Events services include Game Connection and Game Connection Master Classes.

About Game Paris

Game Paris brings together everything games industry professionals need to drive their business forward each year: a business convention with a 10 year proven track record (Game Connection), leading business and technical conferences, high-level training (Master Classes), as well as human resource and management workshops (Game Paris Talents).

Organized by Capital Games, the Business Cluster for Video Game Companies in the Paris Region, with Connection Events being responsible for Game Connection, Game Paris is the unmissable end of year event for industry professionals, providing the essentials for developing business, network and professional skills.

About Capital Games

Capital Games is the Business Cluster for Video Game Companies in the Paris Region. Since 2003, Capital Games has federated the video game industry in the Paris region with a single voice and promoted its ongoing structuring. Capital Games conducts its activities in close cooperation with local authorities, among whom are the Paris City Hall, the Paris Region, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Labour, the DATAR and the European Union. The support by these authorities  proves their strong commitment to the industry. Capital Games pools its members’ needs and supports them on several levels with business development, training plans, financial assistance and R&D support alongside its work to energize and motivate the greater Paris area video game community.

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