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.