Over 50 companies will be fighting it out for the industry’s 19 most celebrated awards, which together honour excellence throughout all levels of the business.
Electronic Arts leads the nominations table, short-listed seven times – although Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is close behind with a total of six. It’s been another good year for Activision/LucasArts and THQ, each of which could bag a potential four awards. Nintendo, Microsoft, VU Games, Take 2/Rockstar, SCi, GAME and Gamestation have each received three nominations apiece.
The winners will be unveiled at a lavish ceremony on April 7th 2005 at The Brewery, London. This year’s event – which will be attended by over 500 industry notables – has been expanded to acknowledge a wider range of industry achievements, with ‘Unsung Hero’ and ‘Most Improved Company’ added as categories.
"Given the competition out there, becoming a finalist is in itself a huge achievement and we congratulate everyone that has made it this far," said MCV publisher and Intent Media Managing director Stuart Dinsey. "This is the only event that covers the entire interactive entertainment community here in the UK and it recognises excellence through all levels of the business. The event itself will be a good opportunity to remind the industry of the success that companies of all sizes have achieved throughout the past 12 months."
Sponsors for the evening include Gizmondo, which will be exclusively trialling its new handheld entertainment system, plus Nvidia, Electronic Arts, Nokia N-Gage, Gem, Department X, ELSPA and DocData.
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The full list of finalists is as follows:-
Most Improved Retailer
General Retail Chain
Retail Buying Team
UK Development Team
Sports Interactive (Football Manager)
Rockstar North (GTA: San Andreas)
Criterion (Burnout 3)
Sony London Studios (Singstar, Getaway 2, EyeToy Play)
Big Blue Box/Lionhead (Fable)
Official Xbox Magazine (Future)
XBM (Highbury Entertainment)
GamesTM (Highbury Entertainment)
Games Industry Newcomer
THQ (WWE series)
ELSPA/Barrington Harvey (Manhunt)
VU Games (Simpsons Hit & Run)
Just Flight (PC flight sims)
SCi (Conflict series)
Most Improved Company
Trade Marketing Team
Conflict: Vietnam (SCi)
Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within (UbiSoft)
Sims 2 (EA)
New Games Brand
Football Manager (Sega)
GTA (Take 2/Rockstar)
The Sims (EA/Maxis)
Need For Speed Underground (EA)