Games Media Awards: The finalists are revealed

An array of talents make up the shortlist for this year’s Games Media Awards.

Taking place on the evening of October 15th at the Bloomsbury Ballroom, the Games Media Awards celebrate the best in writing about games and coverage of interactive entertainment – across the written word, audio, and video, from independent freelancers through to major media outlets.

Today we’re unveiling the finalists in our ten categories – eight of which have been voted for by panels of games journalists and their peers in the games business, and two special awards which will be voted for by consumers and event attendees respectively.

There are over 60 different writers, media outlets (including podcast brands and video channels) vying for prizes.

The full set of shortlists for each award can be found below.

How were these finalists decided? We ran an open entry period from July to August, which gathered more entries for the GMAs than ever before. Then in the last few weeks, we have been asking judging panels to read through and select their favourite media stars and pieces of writing.

The finalists are the leading names in each categories – but the winners for News Writer, Games Critic, Features Writer, Rising Star, Video, Radio or Podcast, and the print and online Editorial Team prizes won’t be announced until October 15th.

Voting for the public-vote Gamers’ Choice award powered by Playfire will open shortly, while media attendees on the night at the Games Media Awards will be invited to vote in the flesh for Journalists’ Journalist.

The GMAs are proudly sponsored by Sega (Rising Star award partner), Green Man Gaming / Playfire (Gamers’ Choice award partner), EA SPORTS’ FIFA 15 (After-Party sponsor), DC Thomson’s 110% Gaming and Gamescom (event partners).

To find out more about sponsorship and getting involved in the biggest event for UK games media, contact or call him on 01992 535 647.

The GMAs are free to invited media (including the finalists) but trade tickets are available for non-media. Contact or call him on 01992 535 647 to book your seats.


  • Dave Cook
  • Edwin Evans-Thirlwell
  • Matthew Reynolds
  • mcspotlights
  • Tom Phillips
  • Wesley Yin-Poole


  • Christian Donlan
  • Keith Stuart
  • Mark Brown
  • Martyn McLaughlin
  • Simon Parkin
  • Stuart Dredge


  • Andy Kelly
  • Chris Schilling
  • Harry Slater
  • Keza MacDonald
  • Matt Kamen
  • Matthew Castle
  • Nathan Brown

RISING STAR – sponsored by SEGA

  • Angus Morrison
  • Hamish Todd
  • Jim Trinca
  • Kirk McKeand
  • LukeKarmali
  • Ria Jenkins


  • Chet and Jon’s Reassuringly Finite Playlist
  • Daft Souls
  • Game On
  • GlitchFreeGaming
  • One Life Left
  • StickTwiddlers Podcast
  • The Explosive Alan Podcast
  • The Sausage Factory


  • App Spy
  • BitSocket
  • Expert Super Guide
  • Matt Lees
  • Other Places
  • Outside Xbox
  • VideoGamer TV
  • GTA V O’clock


  • Edge
  • gamesTM
  • Official PlayStation Magazine
  • OXM
  • PC Gamer
  • The Observer


  • CVG
  • Eurogamer
  • Kotaku UK
  • PC GamesN
  • RockPaperShotgun
  • Total Xbox

GAMERS’ CHOICE – powered by Playfire


  • Keith Stuart
  • Simon Parkin
  • Ellie Gibson
  • Guy Cocker
  • Matthew Castle
  • Julia Hardy

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