PRESS RELEASE – Issued under embargo until 00.01hrs 15 September 2011
Shortlist announced for the first GameCity Prize
- · An industry-defining award celebrating games as a form of cultural expression
- · Jude Kelly, Dave Rowntree and Charlie Higson amongst judges
- · Shortlist ranges from Pokemon Black to Portal 2
GameCity, Europe’s biggest videogame culture festival; today – Thursday 15 September – announces the shortlist for the inaugural GameCity Prize. Created to discuss, explore and celebrate the very best in interactive entertainment, The GameCity Prize seeks to drive understanding and appreciation of videogames within a wider cultural context.
GameCity Director Iain Simons said:
“Videogames are a £3 billion a year industry, offering a richly diverse set of experiences to an increasingly diverse group of people. The GameCity Prize seeks to celebrate, explore and include videogames as an important part of the mainstream cultural conversation. It seems like everybody’s playing, it’s time to get everybody talking.”
The winner will be selected by a diverse group of non-games specialists, each acclaimed within their own fields. The judges are Jude Kelly OBE (Chair), Artistic Director of the Southbank, Charlie Higson, actor, writer, comedian and novelist, Tom Watson MP, Labour MP for West Bromwich East, Nitin Sawhney, producer, composer and musician, James Crabtree, Comment Editor at The Financial Times, Ed Hall, TV presenter and screenplay writer, Francis Barber, one of Britain’s most distinguished actresses, You Me At Six, the contemporary rock band and David Rowntree, best known as the drummer from Blur.
The shortlist has been selected by an anonymous, international and gender-neutral academy of videogame experts, drawn from within and outside the industry. The GameCity Prize considers all videogames released in a twelve month period, irrespective of budget, format or genre. Those on the shortlist have been selected for their accomplishments and contribution to popular culture and the winner will be announced on Saturday 29 October at the end of the GameCity Festival.
The seven games on the shortlist are:
Game Title (Developer/Publisher)
Minecraft (Mojang/ Mojang)
Ilomilo (Southend Interactive/ Microsoft)
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP (Superbrothers/ Capybara Games) Pokémon Black (Game Freak/ Nintendo)
Portal 2 (Valve/ EA)
Child of Eden (Q? Entertainment/ Ubisoft) Limbo (Playdead/ Playdead)
GameCity, now in its sixth year, is a free festival for everyone from dedicated gamers to the culturally curious providing a platform for world class developers to share their creativity and interact with the public, showcasing the most exciting new work in the world and highlighting their culture significance, resulting in a unique celebration of videogames.
For more information about GameCity6 and The GameCity Prize please visit http:// www.gamecity.org/ and http://prize.gamecity.org or www.twitter.com/gamecity