This year’s Games Media Awards have once again recognised some of the finest talent working in the industry.
Stand-up comic and writer Holly Walsh hosted the event, which took place at the revamped Bloomsbury Ballroom near Holborn.
I’m the first female host of the GMAs, which makes me one of the only women in the world to benefit from GamerGate” joked Walsh.
The awards themselves had been overhauled from past years, with 10 categories celebrating the diverse mediums and professionals across games journalism.
Here are all of the winners from this year’s prestigious event.
Eurogamer news editor Wesley Yin-Poole walked away with this year’s News Writer prize.
This is a team effort,” said Yin-Poole. I wouldn’t be here without the Eurogamer news team. It’s best of class, world-class.”
Christian Donlan, who sadly couldn’t attend the evening, was awarded with the accolade for Features Writer. Eurogamer editor Oli Welsh collected the award on his behalf.
Former ONM editor and current Official Xbox Magazine editor Matthew Castle received the Games Critic award.
It’s a crazy surprise really,” said Castle. I’m super, super chuffed that people are reading our stuff. It’s really appreciated.”
Recipient of the Sega-sponsored Rising Star award, which highlights up-and-comers in the industry, was Kirk McKeand.
Holy shit,” said McKeand. Thank you. I really didn’t expect this.”
Daft Souls was awarded with the Games Media Award for Podcast or Radio Show.
I told everyone we were all going to come on-stage, and no-one’s come on stage,” Matt Lees of the podcast joked while collecting the accolade. This is thanks to the people that come on the podcast. I genuinely couldn’t do it without them.”
This year’s Games Media Award for Video went to VideoGamer TV.
It’s fantastic, I replaced Matt Lees as many of you know,” VideoGamer.com’s Jim Trinca teased as he collected the award.
The award for Editorial Team – Print went to Edge.
Making magazines gets harder every year, but we keep managing to do it,” the team commented.
The UK arm of Kotaku were this year’s winner of the Editorial Team – Online Games Media Award.
Editor Keza MacDonald told the audience: We’ve done what we can with not an enormous amount. It’s a hard time for games journalism, so it’s great to have the support of our peers.”
The Gamers’ Choice award, which was sponsored by Playfire and decided by the votes of consumers, went to IGN UK Podcast forEpisode 243: The Blabber Dook.
We’re just about to record our 250th podcast, so it feels extra special to receive the award on such a momentous occasion,” said the team. But we wouldn’t be anything without our listeners, so thank you.”
This year’s Journalists’ Journalist prize, which was voted for on the night by those in attendance, went to OXM editor Matthew Castle, to room-filling chants of ‘Castle, Castle, Castle’.
"This is what happens when you bust in 50 Future Publishing employees to the Games Media Awards," joked Castle, collecting his second award of the evening. "It’s great, thank you."
Here’s a concise summary of the winners:
News Writer – Wesley Yin-Poole
Features Writer – Christian Donlan
Games Critic – Matthew Castle
Rising Star – Kirk McKeand
Podcast or Video – Daft Souls
Video – VideoGamer TV
Editorial Team: Print – Edge
Editorial Team: Online – Kotaku UK
Gamers’ Choice – IGN UK Podcast – Episode 243: The Blabber Dook
Journalists’ Journalist – Matthew Castle