Inaugural MCV Pacific Awards winners revealed

It was an evening of revelry, excitement and flair, with everyone dressed to kill and eagerly awaiting the finalists and winners from an extensive array of categories encompassing the entire games sector.

Those fabulous finalists and winners are:

Marketing Campaign of the Year

 

Assassin’s Creed III (Winner)

 

Borderlands 2

 

Skylanders: Giants

 

Halo 4

 

 

PR Campaign of the Year

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Winner)

 

Bioshock: Infinite

 

Assassin’s Creed III

 

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

 

 

Best Single Brand Engagement

 

EB EXPO 2012 (Winner)

 

Need For Speed Most Wanted Taxi

 

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Launch Event

 

StarCraft II: Oceanic WCS finals

 

 

Sales Team of the Year

 

Ubisoft (Winner)

 

Activision Blizzard

 

Take Two Interactive

 

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia

 

 

Peripherals and Accessories Brand of the Year

 

 Skylanders (Winner)

 

Turtle Beach

 

Razer

 

Astro

 

 

Publisher of the Year

 

Ubisoft (Winner)

 

2K Games / 2K Sports

 

EA

 

Activision

 

 

Distributor of the Year

 

All Interactive Distribution / Entertainment (Winner)

 

Namco Bandai Partners

 

Fiveight

 

QV Software

 

 

Agency of the Year

 

One to Another (Winner)

 

Bohemia Group

 

Rinsed

 

Hausmann Communications

 

 

Retailer of the Year

 

JB HiFi (Winner)

 

EB Games

 

 

Online Retailer of the Year

 

EB Games (Winner)

 

JB HiFi

 

Mighty Ape

 

Dungeon Crawl

 

 

Digital Retailer of the Year

 

Xbox Live (Winner)

 

Good Old Games

 

Sony Entertainment Network / PSN

 

Apple / iTunes

 

 

Star Store

 

JB HiFi World Square (Winner)

 

EB Games Swanston St, Melbourne

 

EB Games, The Galleries

 

The Gamesmen, Penshurst

 

 

Journalist of the Year

 

Chris Stead (Winner)

 

Lucy O’Brien

 

Mark Serrels

 

Adam Mathew

 

 

Print Publication of the Year

 

Game Informer (Winner)

 

PC Powerplay

 

HYPER

 

Official Playstation Magazine

 

 

Online Publication of the Year

 

IGN AU (Winner)

 

Kotaku

 

Vooks

 

AusGamers

 

 

Video Publication of the Year

 

Good Game (Winner)

 

Good Game: Spawn Point

 

Player Attack

 

Geek Bomb

For more information about the MCV Pacific Awards 2013 and next year’s event, please contact Joel Van Daal at the coordinates below:

Email: Joel.Vandaal@MCVPacific.com

Phone: +61 (0) 410 651 183

Develop Awards finalists unveiled

The July 10th Develop Awards will toast another diverse array of the finest European game development talent.

Almost 100 different companies have been listed as finalists for the July 10th event.

The shortlists for the 19 main prizes represents 36 different games and their creative talent, 49 different games studios and ten different European countries.

Respected iOS outfit Fireproof Games, developer of The Room, gets the most nominations – five – followed by four each for Dennaton Games (Hotline Miami), SCE’s London Studio (Wonderbook), Arkane Studios (the French team that co-developed Dishonored) and Playground Games (Forza Horizon).

NaturalMotion and its studio Boss Alien studio claim four between them, also after the success of CSR Racing in 2012. 

There are also key nominations for free-to-play experts Supercell and its hit mobile game Clash of Clans. 

Our improved awards for Creative Contribution also acknowledge the work of external European art and audio teams on vast international projects like Halo 4 and Ni no Kuni.

There are nominations for all kinds of businesses, from solo indie games developers to 100-plus strong teams, middleware providers, service outfits and outsourcing firms.

The Develop Awards take place on July 10th at the Brighton Metropole hotel. To book a place, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 646. 

For sponsorship and partner opportunities contact Alex.Boucher@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 647.

Current Develop Awards sponsors include Platinum Partners Crytek and Deep Silver, Gold Partners Testronic, Perforce, UKIE and Amiqus, Drinks Reception Partner NaturalMotion and Table Gift Partner OPM Jobs.

 

MCV Awards 2013: UK’s best recognised at gala event

Sixteen different companies claimed the trade’s most coveted awards, voted for by a judging panel of peers and senior execs. 

CentreSoft won the highest honour, the Grand Prix, a worthy win recognising 30 years of business supporting retailers and key publishing partners. It also was named the year’s best High Street Distributor.  

GAME reclaimed its Specialist Retailer crown after a tumultuous 2012. CEO Martyn Gibbs, who has led the firm out trouble post-administration, was also given the Special Recognition prize honouring 25 years in retail. 

Ubisoft won the most, taking Digital Distribution Team, Export Sales Team and Marketing Team while Assassin’s Creed III won Game Campaign and Digital Campaign. 

Activision won two, taking Trade Marketing Team and Third Party Games Hardware for Skylanders Giants. 

EA also won two key trade awards – UK Sales Team, and the coveted Game Publisher of the Year prize.  

But in total there were sixteen different winners across the 25 prizes, reflecting a diverse UK games business with players of all sizes.  

Other happy recipients included Scottish indie retail chain Game Centre, Steam (for Digital Distributor), and Bethesda’s Dishonored (New Game Brand winner). 

The full list of winners can be found below. 

The MCV Awards are organised by the team behind MCV and have been running for 11 years.  

The event is supported by platinum partner The Hut Group, award partners Click Entertainment, Incomm Europe, Link Distribution, MCM Expo, OnLive, Respondez, Wii U and 2K Games plus event partners Electronic Arts, OPM Recruitment, Koch Media, Intergi, Warner Bros, ShopTo and IGN. 

MCV AWARDS 2013: THE WINNERS IN FULL

Independent Retailer – High Street                        
GAMES CENTRE

Independent Retailer – Online
SIMPLY GAMES

Retail Concept
HMV OXFORD STREET GAMES SHOWCASE 

Mainstream Retailer
AMAZON

Specialist Retailer
GAME 

Digital Retailer
STEAM                                                 

Digital Distribution Team
UBISOFT

High Street Distribution Team
CENTRESOFT

Sales Triumph
MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (MOJANG/MICROSOFT)

UK Sales Team
ELECTRONIC ARTS

Export Sales Team
UBISOFT

Marketing Team
UBISOFT

PR Team
2K GAMES

UK Games Studio
TRAVELLER’S TALES

Third Party Games Hardware
SKYLANDERS GIANTS (ACTIVISION)

New Game Brand
DISHONORED (BETHESDA)

Digital Campaign
ASSASSIN’S CREED III (UBISOFT)

Audience Engagement
EUROGAMER EXPO

Media Sales Team
IGN

Trade Marketing Team
ACTIVISION

Game Campaign
ASSASSIN’S CREED III (UBISOFT)

Specialist Games Publisher
NAMCO BANDAI 

Game Publisher
ELECTRONIC ARTS

MCV Special Recognition
MARTYN GIBBS

Grand Prix
CENTRESOFT

For more information about the MCV Awards, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 646.

 

Music Week Awards 2013: The winners

Island Records took two gongs – one for A&R and another for best record company – while 4AD picked up the award for Independent Record Company.

Adrian Sykes and Greg Castell shared the Manager Of The Year award and SJM Concerts’ Simon Moran took the Live Promoter gong.

The biggest award of the night, The Strat, went to Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee of Modest! Management. Simon Cowell made an appearance to present the pair with the prize.

The full list of Music Week Award winners for 2013 can be found below:

Live Music Venue: The O2 Arena, London

Live Promoter: Simon Moran, SJM Concerts

Music & Brand Partnership: Converse and Cornerstone for Converse Represent

A&R: Island Records

Manager Of The Year: Adrian Sykes & Greg Castell

Retail Brand: Rough Trade

Independent Retailer: Banquet Records, Kingston

Radio Station: BBC 6Music

Radio Show: Lauren Laverne, 6Music

TV Show Featuring Music: Later… With Jools Holland (BBC)

Music Media Brand: NME

Promotions Team: Atlantic Records

Publisher (Albums): Sony/ATV/EMI

Independent Publisher: Kobalt

Publisher (Singles): Sony/ATV/EMI

Sales Team: EMI

Distribution Team: [PIAS]

Catalogue Marketing: Rhino for Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

Artist Marketing: Virgin For Emeli Sande, Our Version Of Events

PR Campaign: Murray Chalmers PR for The Stone Roses

Independent Record Company: 4AD

Record Company: Island Records

The Strat Award: Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, Modest! Management

For more information about the Music Week Awards 2013, contact Sarah.Harris@intentmedia.co.uk.

 

MCV Pacific Awards 2013 confirmed

The Awards, open to both Australia and New Zealand, will focus on retail, distribution, trade, publishing, PR and marketing. (Development will be honoured in a separate intiative to be announced).

“We are proud to be partnering with MCV on their inaugural Awards Show this year,” said Ron Curry, CEO of the iGEA. “It is the perfect opportunity to bring our Members and the wider industry together to celebrate our success and achievements in what is sure to be a fantastic night.”

Joel Van Daal, MCV Pacific’s Commercial Manager stated: “The retail and trade sector of the videogames industry deserves the kind of recognition the MCV Pacific Awards aims to provide.”

“We are very excited that the iGEA has partnered with us, and look forward to presenting the largest event of its kind in the country. This partnership is something we look forward to continuing with in the long term.”

The awards will take place in the evening of Thursday May 9th, 2013 at Sydney’s premier venue – The Ivy. The festivities will kick off with a red carpet entryway leading to the prestigious Ivy Ball Room with an official after party to continue upstairs at the iconic Ivy Pool Bar allowing attendees to let their hair down after the black tie event.

Tickets for the event will cost AUD$250 per seat or AUD$2250 for a table for ten, excluding GST.

iGEA members will receive discounted ticket pricing, (AUD$225 + GST per seat or AUD$2,000 + GST for a table of ten) and will also receive priority seating.

To book your tickets or for any other required information, please contact Joel Van Daal at MCV Pacific, contact details below.

Email: Joel.Vandaal@MCVPacific.com

Phone: +61 (0) 410 651 183

Samsung, Entatech and Micro-P shine at PCR Awards

The PCR Awards 2013, which took place last night at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, were all about championing the hard work of the technology channel over the last 12 months.

Comedian Terry Alderton hosted the night and gave out 19 Awards over three categories and two special awards. Notably, Samsung won Computing Vendor and also took the Grand Prix award.

There were double winners in Distribution, too, with Entatech winning Software Distributor and Marketing & PR, while Micro-P collected Consumer Electronics Distributor and the Distributor of the Year prize.

Computer 2000’s Andy Dow won the Special Recognition Award, run for the first time this year, which saw finalists nominated and voted for entirely by PCR’s Retail Advisory Panel.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Frontline:

Independent Retailer: Utopia Computers

Specialist Retailer: Ebuyer

Non-specialist Retailer: John Lewis

Reseller: Wyvern Business Systems

Service and Support: PC PAL

Distribution:

Software Distributor: Entatech

Gaming Distributor: Gem Distribution

Consumer Electronics Distributor: Micro-P

Components Distributor: VIP Computers

Peripherals Distributor: Computer 2000

Marketing & PR: Entatech

Distributor of the Year: Micro-P

Vendors:

Business and Utility Software Publisher: Microsoft

Leisure Software Publisher: Blizzard

Peripherals Vendor: TP-LINK

Components Vendor: Western Digital

Computing Vendor: Samsung

Special Recognition: Andy Dow

Grand Prix: Samsung

PCR hopes you had fun on the night. Come back and join us again next year.

The PCR Awards were supported by Entatech as Platinum Partner, KMS Components as Gold Partner, VIP Computers as Drinks Reception Host, Meroncourt as Vendor Category Partner, TP-Link as Distribution Category Partner, Computer 2000 as Frontline Category Partner, Micro-P as After-Show Party Host, Channel Assist as Aftershow Photobooth Partner, Philips/MMD, KMS Components, and Centerprise as Gold Partners, and Mad Catz as Event Partner.

MIRC 2013 registration now open

To register for the one-day conference and expo simply click here. All retailers at the event will be able to pick up a VIP goodie bag containing the exclusive high value, free gift.

This year’s show will be held on Wednesday June 26th at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire. The new venue means increased exhibition space for partners with separate, connected, rooms ranging from 8-23 square metres in size, offering greater promotional possiblities.

The morning session will feature a conference including a number of high value speakers providing advice and information designed to help retailers improve their business. After a short break for a complimentary lunch, the expo element opens for the afternoon geared towards retailers having one to one meetings with key suppliers and manufacturers.

An after show party follows, providing entertainment and networking opportunities including, for the first time this year, a Battle of the Bands contest open exclusively to MI retail staff. Click here to find out more.

Some 250 VIP guests from independent retail, High Street multiples, buying groups and online stores will represent more than 1,000 store fronts. The event offers the opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to meet directly with selected buyers over one day to do business.

Event partners already signed up include Barnes and Mullins, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Roland, Monacor, Pioneer, EMC/Tanglewood, D’Addario and Rotosound.

For more information on partner packages and other promotional opportunities contact Darrell.carter@intentmedia.co.uk or Emilie.george@intentmedia.co.uk or phone 01992 535647. You can also visit the dedicated website at www.mirc-expo.com

New awards launch applauds pro audio industry

The Pro Sound Awards is jointly-backed by leading pro audio business titles Audio Pro International, PSNEurope, Installation, and Audio Media, and supported by MI Pro and Music Week.

Sennheiser and Digico have already demonstrated support for the Awards by signing up as headline sponsors.

The Pro Sound Awards will be held on 19th September at the world-famous Ministry of Sound night club in London, with some 16 different accolades handed out during the evening. There will also be a complimentary drinks reception and post-awards party.

Sennheiser business development specialist, Alan March, remarked: “At Sennheiser we are constantly ‘In Pursuit Of Perfect Sound’, so it’s great to be associated with an event that honours great audio. We’re confident that the Pro Sound Awards will become an integral part of the audio industry’s calendar.”
 
David Webster, marketing director at Digico, added: “Digico has a reputation for being ahead of the game, so we’re delighted that, along with our friends at Sennheiser UK, we are the first headline sponsors of the Pro Sound Awards.”

“There are plenty of product awards out there but few that celebrate the individual excellence of the people working in the many and varied areas of pro audio. These awards will reflect the hard work, skill and imagination of those people,” said Ronnie Dungan, managing editor of Audio Pro International.

PSNEurope editor, Dave Robinson, added: “We want the Pro Sound Awards to become a must-attend annual event – an evening that salutes an intensity of effort but accompanies it with the informality of a great night out. Come and join us: we’re going to have fun, while the great and the good of pro audio will leave the Ministry of Sound triumphant.”

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Nick Beck via nick.beck@intentmedia.co.uk, or call him on +44 20 7354 6000.

ToyNews website traffic soars at Toy Fair

ToyNews drew tens of thousands of visitors to its website during Toy Fair 2013, thanks to its unmatched coverage of the big London event this week.

With 44 stories being posted by the ToyNew teams during the three-day event (plus more before and after the show), the site generated 65,156 page views from Friday January 18th to Friday January 25th.

ToyNews publisher Lisa Carter said: “This year’s Toy Fair was a fantastic event, befitting the 60th anniversary of the show in the UK. And we’re delighted that our unparalleled coverage of the key announcements from the exhibitors has created a major spike in our online traffic figures.

“A huge well done to the ToyNews editorial team. This was achieved whilst Samantha and the team were also traipsing the show floor meeting up with all our friends and toy industry colleagues.”

Last year ToyNews set record website traffic figures.

MCV Awards 2013 finalists unveiled

You can see the full list of nominees for the MCV Awards 2013 below.

Ubisoft leads the way with 12 nominations, followed by ten for EA, nine for Warner and eight a piece for Activision and Xbox. 

But the heavyweights are competing head-to-head with nimbler firms such as Sega and Bethesda (eight nominations each), 2K (seven) and NCsoft (four). 

Game Retail also scores four nominations. 

We’re also today announcing some category updates to reflect the activity of games publishers large and small over the last 12 months.

Digital Campaign champions broader online efforts versus targeted events or stunts in Audience Engagement. 

A new Specialist Game Publisher award honours smaller outfits that serve a niche better than the mainstream gang. 

Meanwhile, splitting Independent Retail into online and High Street reflects the sector’s variety. 

Next, our panel of judges will soon be invited to vote for the finalists. We’ll again be asking 100 journalists to pick a PR Team winner. 

Winners will be named on the night of Thursday, April 18th at the Greg Davies-hosted ceremony at the London Lancaster Hotel.

To attend, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 646. 

Event partners for the 2013 MCV Awards include Wii U, IGN, ShopTo, Incomm, Intergi, Green Man Gaming, and OPM. Contact Jennie.Lane@intentmedia.co.uk for information on other sponsorship opportunities.

MCV AWARDS: THE FINALISTS IN FULL

Independent Retailer – High Street

  • Barkman Computers
  • Console Connections
  • Games Centre
  • Insane Games
  • Xpress Games

Independent Retailer ­– Online

  • GameSeek
  • Hitari
  • Scan Computers
  • Simply Games
  • Xbite

Retail Concept 

  • Drink, Relax, Play – Loading Café
  • GAME Hunter
  • GameFly
  • GamesGrabr
  • HMV Oxford Street games showcase
  • Incomm
  • Insert Coin
  • Thatgameshop

Mainstream Retailer

  • Amazon
  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Shop Direct
  • Tesco

Specialist Retailer

  • GAME
  • GameStop
  • Grainger Games
  • HMV
  • ShopTo
  • Toys R Us
  • Zavvi.co.uk

Digital Retailer

  • EA Origin
  • GOG.com
  • Green Man Gaming
  • Nintendo eShop
  • PlayStation Store
  • Steam 
  • Xbox Marketplace

Digital Distribution Team

  • Bethesda
  • EA Origin
  • Microsoft
  • Sega
  • Sony DADC
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK

High Street Distribution Team

  • Advantage 
  • Centresoft
  • Click Entertainment
  • Gem
  • Koch Media
  • Link Distirbution
  • Vogue Distribution

Sales Triumph

  • Angry Birds Star Wars PC (Focus Multimedia)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
  • Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Mojang/Microsoft)
  • Skylanders Giants (Activision)
  • Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)

UK Sales Team

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts
  • Koch Media
  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Export Sales Team 

  • Bethesda
  • Capcom
  • Koch Media
  • NCsoft
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Marketing Team

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts
  • Nintendo UK
  • SCE UK
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment UK

PR Team

(Voted for by a panel of 100 journalists)

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Capcom UK
  • Codemasters/Lunch PR
  • EA
  • Microsoft
  • Namco Bandai/Premier PR
  • NCsoft
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Sega/77PR & Lunch PR
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK/Premier PR

UK Games Studio 

  • 4J Studios
  • Boss Alien
  • Codemasters Studios
  • Criterion Games
  • Playground Games
  • SCE London Studio
  • Sports Interactive
  • Traveller’s Tales

Third-Party Games Hardware 

  • Gioteck
  • MadCatz
  • Orb
  • Power A 
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Steel Series 
  • Turtle Beach
  • Venom

New Game Brand

  • CSR Racing (NaturalMotion Games)
  • Dishonoured (Bethesda)
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft)
  • Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)
  • Wonderbook (SCE UK)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft)

 Digital Campaign

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
  • Dead or Alive 5 (Tecmo Koei)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
  • Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • LEGO Batman 2 (WBIE UK)
  • Resident Evil 6 (Capcom)

Audience Engagement 

  • Black Ops II Live (Event, community strategy, game launch)
  • Eurogamer Expo (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • Forza Horizon: Escape the Grid (Social media)
  • Gadget Show Live (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • GAME (Digital store strategy)
  • Hitman: Absolution Sniper Challenge (Promotional download)
  • MCM Expo (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • Total War (Weekend promotion via Steam)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Instagram competition)

Media Sales Team 

  • Absolute Radio
  • Disney Channel
  • Eurogamer
  • Future
  • GameSpot
  • IGN
  • Sky Sports
  • TalkSport

Trade Marketing

  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • EA
  • Gem
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK
  • Xbox

Game Campaign

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
  • FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
  • London 2012 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Sega)
  • Wonderbook (SCE UK)

Specialist Games Publisher

  • Excalibur Publishing
  • Focus Multimedia
  • Mind Candy
  • Namco Bandai Games
  • Puzzler Media
  • Rising Star Games
  • Tecmo Koei

Games Publisher of the Year

  • Activision
  • 2K Games
  • EA
  • Microsoft
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK

SPECIAL AWARDS

MCV Special Recognition

  • Darren Houghton, Gem
  • Doug Bone, Square Enix
  • Martyn Gibbs, Game Retail
  • Max Butler, Advantage
  • Natalie Whysall, Ubisoft
  • Penny Humphrey, Electronic Arts

Grand Prix

The winner of this prestigious prize is decided by the MCV editorial team after soundings from the trade and is announced on the night of Thursday, April 18th at the MCV Awards ceremony.