May Your Year Come As May

Well, another big gap between posts – but everything went really nicely in between, on the plus side. GDC 2007 went off without a hitch, and the IGF was easily one of the best ever, and the inaugural Indie Games Summit was really well-received, too – hoping to get video of that online soon!

Nowadays, I’m actually moving up at CMP, since I’m now publisher of both and Game Developer (pictured – the April Salary Survey issue, which we span off into the first Game Developer Research survey), so am moving into much more of a business and planning role – but I’ll still run GameSetWatch as my own personal project, of course.

And let’s end this brief update with some big recent news for the projects I oversee, reprinted from Gama itself: “Gamasutra is pleased to announce that, after winning a Webby last year, it has once again been victorious at the 11th Annual Webby Awards in the ‘Games-Related’ category, a significant achievement for the CMP Game Group-run site in the competition that the New York Times calls ‘the Oscars of the Internet’.

Other nominees in the ‘Games-Related’ category this year were CNET Networks’ GameSpot (which picked up the ‘People’s Voice’ public-voted section of the awards) and AOL’s GameDaily, as well as the official websites for LucasArts’ LEGO Star Wars II and Thrillville.

The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with over 500 members including internet ‘founding father’ Vinton Cerf, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington, and film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Winners will be honored at The 11th Annual Webby Awards on June 5 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The gala event will once again hosted by former Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry, and will showcase award winners delivering their famous five-word acceptance speeches, with David Bowie and the founders of YouTube winning special achievement awards.

In a separate awards ceremony, the April 2006 issue of Game Developer won a 56th Annual Maggie Award for Best Magazine (Computers/Trade) at a Los Angeles ceremony last Friday. The April issue featured a postmortem of Ubisoft’s King Kong game, the magazine’s regular/canonical salary survey, and an interview with Will Wright, among other major features.

The magazine’s competitors at the Maggie Awards, presented by the Western Publications Association, were fellow CMP publication Network Computing, the independent Microsoft-themed mag Redmond Channel Partner, the embedded-specific RTC Magazine, and former CMP book Technology & Learning.

The entire staff of both Gamasutra and Game Developer would like to thank the readers of our publications and the juries behind these awards for honoring us, and hope to continue bringing you the highest quality editorial on the art, science, and business of making games.”

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