Games Media Awards 2012 finalists revealed

After weeks of intense lobbying, we can reveal the finalists of this year’s Games Media Awards – over 30 writers, plus more than 50 online and print publications, are in the running.

The winners will be voted for by a 200-strong judging panel, comprising members of the media and industry PRs, with the winners named on Wednesday October 18th at Vinopolis, near Borough Market. Russell Kane will be the host for the evening.

No finalists for the prestigious Games Writer of the Year award are being announced, with all submissions for this category being judged by award-winning author and journalist Tim Lott.

Gold Partners supporting the event include Xbox 360, Need For Speed Most Wanted, PlayStation, Nintendo, Codemasters Racing, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance and OnLive.

Deep Silver has signed up as Media Transport Partner, Trion is sponsoring the Pre-Drinks Party and Gamescom is Event Partner. Green Man Gaming is sponsoring the Top Tweeter category, with Precise sponsoring Coverage by a Mainstream Website. Meanwhile, Sega is backing the Games Writer of the Year award.

350 guests will attend this year’s ceremony, including 200 media. A limited number of trade tickets are available at £150 each. Contact Kathryn.Humphrey@ to book.

A limited number of further partnership opportunities are available. To find out more contact


Specialist Writer – Print

Christian Donlan
Edwin Evans-Thirlwell
Matthew Castle
Joel Gregory 
Jason Killingsworth

Specialist Writer – Online

Martin Gaston
Simon Parkin
Keza MacDonald
Christian Donlan
Pat Garratt
Wesley Yin-Poole

National Newspaper – Writer

Simon Parkin
Michael Plant
Dan Silver
Keith Stuart
Tom Hoggins
Lee Price
David Jenkins

Mainstream Magazine – Writer

Jonathan Pile
Leon Poultney 
Matt Hill 
Helen Lewis 
James Dyer

Rising Star

Tamoor Hussain
Lee Bradley
Matthew Reynolds 
David Scammell 
Owen Hill
Joe Robinson 
Lucy James 

Top Tweeter

Steve Hogarty – @misterbrilliant
Martin Gaston – @squidmania
Debbie Timmins – @weefz
Matt Lees – @jam_sponge
Mark Brown – @britishgaming
Pat Garrat – @patlike

Games Magazine

PC Gamer
Retro Gamer
Official PlayStation Magazine
Nintendo Gamer

Games Website

Gamespot UK
Rock Paper Shotgun

Games Blog

Ready Up
The Average Gamer
We See In Pixels
Hookshot Inc

Games Video

OXM Breakdown
Inside Xbox
Start Select
PlayStation Access TV

Games Radio and Podcast
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Game On
Pocket Gamer
BBC Radio 1Xtra

Coverage by a Mainstream Website
Digital Spy
Huffington Post
Holy Moly
Sabotage Times

BikeBiz lists 2012 Awards finalists

After weeks of intense lobbying from the bicycle trade, the finalists for BikeBiz Awards 2012 have been revealed.

One nominee from each of the 16 categories will receive one of the coveted BikeBiz Awards. The winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony at the Hilton Metropole, NEC, Birmingham, on Wednesday September 26th – the evening before Cycle Show starts.

Leading sports nutrition brand Gatorade is this year’s Platinum Partner. Distributor NRG4, Cycle-SOS, the Cyclists’ National Helpline, and cycle navigation brand Mio are Event Partners for 2012.

The finalists are:

Independent Retailer
Pennine Cycles  
Sigma Sport
Rutland Cycling
Bike Treks, Ambleside
Condor Cycles, London

Specialist Retailer
Evans Cycles
Giant Stores  
Prendas Ciclismo  
Chain Reaction
Cycle Surgery

Star Store  
Avon Valley Cyclery
JD Tandems   
Source BMX  
The Hub Cycleworks, Southampton
Action Bikes, Westminster  
Leisure Lakes, Cheltenham
Cycle Surgery, Victoria

Jake’s Bikes
Evans Cycles
Cardiff Cycle Workshop   
TF Tuned   
Ben Haywards, Cambridge

Bike Distributor: Sales
Moore Large   

Bike Distributor: Marketing
Moore Large


Parts & Accessories: Sales team
Moore Large  

Parts & Accessories: Marketing team

Specialist Distributor
Chicken Cyclekit
Mission Cycles

Consumer Print
Cycling Plus   

Consumer Online   
London Cyclist

Best Use of Social Media
CTC cyclists
GB Cycle Embassy
Ride UK

Bike Brand
Claud Butler
Kinesis UK

P&A Brand

Services & Training
Cycle Systems Academy

Cycling Campaign of the Year   
Love London, Go Dutch (London Cycling Campaign)
#cycleSafe (The Times)
Sky Ride (British Cycling)
The Big Pedal (Sustrans/Bike Hub)

An independent panel of at least 50 judges from the trade will select their recommendations for each category. If you’d like to be part of the judging process or have any questions please contact the BikeBiz Awards team at

Early bird tickets are now available for only £20 until August 31st. After that date tickets will cost £30. Buffet and drinks vouchers are included in the ticket price. ??You can now book your ticket online here.

For information on sponsorship opportunities contact to order your tickets or to find out more.

Register for the BikeBiz News Digest at the registration page.

Follow BikeBiz on Twitter at @BikeBizOnline or ‘Like’ the BikeBiz Facebook page here.

Music Week launches new website

Music Week, the globally renowned b2b media brand at the heart of the music industry, has unveiled a brand new version of its website

The much needed overhaul comes less than a year after the brand was acquired by independent trade publisher Intent Media and follows a widely praised revamp of the weekly magazine.

The constantly updated new Music Week site infinitely enhances the reader experience, delivering a constant stream of news, features, opinion, data, analysis and charts.

It also boasts a wealth of music and video, including material from the hottest unsigned bands to the biggest stars in the world, as well as interviews with the industry’s leading executives and artists.

The site also offers a new Reports service, serving as a one-stop shop for all your music industry research needs. There are three reports on offer right now, with more to be added in the coming weeks, including Music Week’s in-depth Q2 2012 market report. content, plus a suite of associated editorial email services (including a daily news digest), is only available in its entirety to Music Week subscribers. Exclusive, subscriber-only online content includes in-depth analysis and opinion articles, Charts data and Directory access.

If you’re not already a subscriber to Music Week, contact David Pagendam on +44 (0)207 354 3001 to find out more about our great offers.

And to find out how Music Week can support your business year-round across its print, online, email, app, social channels and events, contact Darrell Carter on +44 (0)1992 535 646.

You can follow Music Week via RSS, Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

Advertising industry descends on Monetising Mobile

The fifth Monetising Mobile event, hosted by Mobile Entertainment (ME), took place at One Wimpole Street in London last night and looked at the revolution hitting the mobile ad market.

In the era of touch screens, hi-def displays and faster processors, the industry is looking beyond the static banners and text tags that have characterised mobile advertising to date.

Instead, it’s exploring rich media formats – formats that embrace video, 3D, swipe, social media integration and more.

ME convened a bunch of experts to discuss these technologies and their impact on developers, publishers, brands, agencies and advertisers.

More than a hundred delegates attended the event, which was follwed by drinks and networking.

Speakers included:

* Dan Rosen, CEO EMEA, Joule
* Nic Cumisky, Senior Industry Manager (Mobile), Google
* Aneesh Karve, Product Manager, Amobee
* Mark Slade, CEO, 4th Screen
* Christopher Kahler, Qriously (TBC)
* Ben Williams, Business Development, Sprout Europe
* James Connelly, CEO, Fetch Media
* Amit Kotecha, senior mobile & networks manager, IAB
* Xavier Facon, CTO, Crisp
* Eamonn Carey, general manager EMEA, Kiip
* Paul Childs, CMO, Adfonic

Monetising Mobile is supported by InMobi (Platinum Partner), Adfonic (Gold Partner), MediaLets (Gold Partner), Crisp Media (Silver Partner), and Kiip (Drinks Reception Partner).

For more infomation about Monetitising Mobile conferences contact Katy Phillips on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

Winners unveiled at 10th Develop Awards

A gala ceremony in Brighton was attended by over 550 people from 150 companies, where they saw the likes of Moshi Monsters, Dear Esther and World of Tanks handed highly-coveted awards.

Now in its tenth year, the Develop Industry Excellence Awards recognise creative, commercial and technical smarts. Taking place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, last night’s event was the most attended night in the Develop Awards’ decade rewarding developers for their hard work.

Moshi Monsters creator Mind Candy took home the top prize, the Grand Prix, which recognised a blistering period of growth for the children’s online game firm which has broken through as a true mainstream property in the last 18 months.

Seven key prizes went to new, nimble British companies: Mode 7 Games took home the New IP prize for Frozen Synapse, Facebook games pioneer Bossa was named best New Studio, while Thechineseroom (pictured) took two awards, winning Micro Studio and Use of Narrative for Dear Esther.

Other UK winners included in-game lighting tech Enlighten, apps powerhouse NaturalMotion Games, Rocksteady Studios, Cubic Motion and Amiqus.

But there were honours too for big, established games franchises including Rayman, Batman and Battlefield, and Total War creator The Creative Assembly.

As previously announced, games development visionary David Perry was awarded the Development Legend prize, honouring his forward-thinking when it comes to founding new businesses in the games industry.

Perry received a standing ovation for proud win – his parents had come along to the event to see him collect his prize.

A full list of winners can be found below.


Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)
Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)
Rayman Origins (Ubsioft Montpellier)
Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)
Enlighten (Geomerics)
World of Tanks (
Cubic Motion
VMC Game Labs
Epic Games
Unity 3.5 (Unity Technologies)
Bossa Studios
NaturalMotion Games
The Creative Assembly
David Perry
Mind Candy

Google and Twitter confirm London Games Conference keynotes

Google and Twitter will take to the stage at the only event which brings together executives from the games industry, across the disciplines of marketing, sales and media. The title of the 2012 event is ‘Digital discovery and distribution for games: What works and what’s next’.

The Google presentation will be given by games market specialist and the firm’s Industry Manager for Entertainment Warren Mills.

Delegates will get a guide to search trends in gaming and what they mean during the life cycle of a game. From first announce through to post release DLC.

This focused presentation is vital for anyone looking to ensure their games reach the biggest possible audience across search, YouTube, the Google display network and mobile.

Meanwhile Bruce Daisley, sales director, Twitter UK, will deliver a presentation focused closely on the video games audience.

Insights will be delivered on the trends around games, based on terms and time of day. He will share case studies from games publishers who are getting it right, and describe what best actions can grow followers and engagement, with both free and paid for activity.

Stuart Dinsey, MD of Intent Media said: “It’s important to us that delegates at the London Games Conference get games specific market intelligence and definite next steps they can take to build their business.

“That’s why we’re delighted to partner with Google and Twitter – world leading businesses who will deliver relevant, practical presentations.”

London Games Conference 2012 is organised by Develop publisher Intent Media.

It takes place at One Wimpole Street, London, on Wednesday, November 21st.

LGC consists of a four-hour conference with plenty of audience interaction, plus extra presentation options during the after-event networking dinner for attendees and exhibitors.

Tickets are still available at a limited early bird cost of £199. To attend, contact or call 01992 535 646.

For details on partner packages and sponsorship opportunities, contact or call 01992 535 646.

Intent Media’s first iPad-only title reveals top games developers

The answer can be found in a brand new digital book for iPad published by Intent Media and written by the editorial team behind Develop ( – the leading international publication for games developers.

Develop 100 is available now on iPad and produced using key data from GfK Chart-Track to list the best games developers in the world based on UK revenues generated by their games.

It is available only for iPad, and costs just £4.99. That includes profiles on each of the 100 studios, sales data and statistics, plus background facts and analysis.

The Develop 100 can be found within the Develop magazine app on the Apple Newsstand.

Direct link to the app:

This year, EA Canada comes out on top, beating the likes of Nintendo, Ubisoft Montreal, Infinity Ward and Traveller’s Tales to the top spot. The studio has topped the charts three times previously, and continues to innovate and generate huge revenues through its FIFA games.

Some of the most famous studios in the world have also secured a place in the listing – including the likes of Epic Games, Bethesda, Valve, and Naughty Dog. But also featured are independents otherwise left out of the limelight, including the likes of Black Lantern, Pipeworks, Slightly Mad, and Land Ho.

Plus, in the coming months the Develop team will add new top 100 rankings to the listing, covering areas such as online, mobile and social successes.

Contact: Michael French, Editor-in-Chief, Develop
01992 545 646

About Develop
Develop is the must-read resource for anyone in the business of making games. It’s a powerful force online, with a highly-targeted website at offering breaking news and daily, incisive industry content to its 130,000 monthly readers. Develop’s print magazine is an influential industry bible read by an audience of thousands of games development professionals working across 43 countries. Whether you are a programmer, artist, designer, musician or producer, marketer or in biz dev, its mix of news, analysis and opinion on cutting-edge development trends plus key contributions from developers around the world, has a unique voice you want to listen to and you won’t find anywhere else in the games industry.

EA Canada tops Develop 100

Every year, Develop audits the world’s codeshops. The Develop 100 features a list of the top 100 studios in the world based on the revenues generated by their games.

The iPad-only edition of this year’s publication is in the Apple App Store now, costs just £4.99, and includes profiles on each of the studios, sales data and statistics, plus background facts and analysis.

GfK Chart-Track data has been used to formulate the list. Chart-Track has the most accurate chart reporting tools on the planet, monitoring the sale of almost every game and peripheral sold in the UK.

This year, EA Canada comes out on top, beating the likes of Nintendo, Ubisoft Montreal, Infinity Ward and Traveller’s Tales to the top spot. The studio has topped the charts three times previously.

Some of the most famous studios in the world have also secured a place in the listing – including the likes of Epic Games, Bethesda, Valve, and Naughty Dog.

But also featured are independents otherwise left out of the limelight, including the likes of Black Lantern, Pipeworks, Slightly Mad, and Land Ho.

Is your team amongst them? Download the book to find out. The Develop 100 is available within the Develop magazine app for iPad.

Click here to download the app now, if you haven’t already got it.

Plus, buying the Develop 100 will guarantee you access to the other top 100s we’ll be launching in the coming months. Vol 1 is for retail sales, but we’ll be adding lists for online, social and mobile standings in future.

New editor appointed at Mobile Entertainment

The appointment reflects the confidence of the ME brand and its central position in the dynamic mobile content community.

Mike will work alongside executive editor Tim Green, sales manager Katy Phillips and staff writer Zen Terrelonge on the daily site, plus conferences and networking events.

As editor, he will help to shape the future direction of ME as it explores the increasing engagement of brands with mobile content.

Mike brings with him an invaluable perspective on global entertainment trends as a regular contributor to the national press, and solid journalistic instincts gleaned from tenures at Treasury Today and other B2B titles.

Stuart Dinsey, MD of ME parent Intent Media, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Mike to the team. ME has established itself as a hugely respected voice in one of the world’s most dynamic industries.

“Mobile content is growing so fast and changing so rapidly. Mike’s deep knowledge of the wider entertainment space will bring invaluable new perspective as ME marches on.”

ME was early into the mobile content news space, launching in 2005 as a magazine dedicated to pioneering products such as Java games, full track music, ringbacks and ringtones.

Over the years the brand expanded as an online-only destination to track the explosive growth of the market, providing daily news and analysis of apps, social media, advertising and more.

We’ve also created a number of essential ME-branded events. These include the ME Awards, Meet-Up networking evenings, Monetising Mobile conferences and Top 50 Mobile Innovators project.

Mike can be contacted at

Retailers applaud MIRC trade event

Some 280 retailers were at The Brewery yesterday for the third MI Retail Conference & Expo (MIRC) and the vast majority gave the event a great deal of praise.

CY Music’s Chris Yarnton was delighted with the quality of this year’s speakers.

“I got a lot from it, I thought John Straw was excellent and the Expo was also good. It was especially great to see Casio showing off its new synths,” said Yarnton. “It was a great opportunity to network with other dealers and I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Jon Evans from Hollywood Music attended for the first time and seems certain to be a regular from now on.

“I real enjoyed it. I wish I’d done it before and will certainly do it again. The speakers were good and I enjoyed just being able to speak to people. It’s extremely useful getting new ideas and a fresh look at things,” commented Evans.

“The Expo was also really good. We got time to speak to people without being distracted by other things and I met two suppliers that I realised I should at least have accounts with.”

Finian Day-Lewis of Chappell of Bond Street hailed the more vibrant nature of the Expo this time around.

“The speakers were excellent, I thought Straw was very informative and Rick was amusing. When speaking to suppliers, I found the room much more vibrant this year – the Expo part was the best it’s been,” he added.

For moe infomation about the MI Retail Conference & Expo, contact or, or call 01992 535647.

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