VGL to perform at Canadian Video Game Awards!

VIDEO GAMES LIVE TO PERFORM AT FIRST ANNUAL CANADIAN VIDEO GAME AND DIGITAL ARTS AWARDS COMING THIS MAY

New Industry-Led National Program to Celebrate Canada’s Creative Best


February 15, 2010 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Canada will celebrate its world-class video game and digital art developers at the First Annual Canadian Video Game and Digital Arts Awards ceremony to take place in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 5, 2010 at the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre.  

 

The Canadian Video Game and Digital Arts Awards will be held just prior to the second annual Game Developers Conference (GDC Canada) in Vancouver. As the third largest developer of video games in the world, the show will celebrate Canada’s spot on the world stage as a leader in interactive entertainment. The show will also be broadcast across the country on G4 Canada through the Rogers Network, and tickets for the event will be available to the public in the coming weeks. 

 

“Canadians are masters of their craft when it comes to making games, visual effects and computer animation,” said Victor Lucas, head of Greedy Productions and host of Electric Playground, Canada’s national videogame and electronic entertainment show. “They work tirelessly to build some of the world’s best entertainment, which then becomes a world-class export that the entire planet consumes.  It is time to let everyone know where this amazing work comes from.”

 

To add to the event, Video Games Live will provide the entertainment for the evening. This musical convergence of sound, games and effects has garnered fans across the globe, and is the first and most successful video game concert tour in the world.  Aside from providing the entertainment for the awards show, Video Games Live is also planning a separate concert in Vancouver in early May.  Details coming soon.

 

Sponsors for the event have begun to come onboard, with notable participation from Microsoft’s Xbox Canada, Electronic Arts and G4 Canada.

 

Nominations opened today for the Awards and are welcome from all parts of Canada’s digital media industries. The Call for Nominations will close on March 7, 2010. The award categories, as selected by a committee of industry leaders from across Canada, are:

 

VFX / Animation
     ·  Best Animated Short
     ·  Best Animated Feature Film
     ·  Best Animated Television (Series or one-off)
     ·  Best Visual Effects Movie
     ·  Best Visual Effects Television
     ·  Best Visual Effects or Animation for Home Video
     ·  Best In-Game Cinematic

Video Game
     ·  Best Visual Arts
     ·  Best Writing
     ·  Best Audio
     ·  Best Game Design
     ·  Best Technology
     ·  Best Console
     ·  Best Downloadable
     ·  Best Handheld
     ·  Game of the Year

Finalists in all categories will be announced March 15, 2010.

 

The Canadian Video Game and Digital Arts Awards are produced by Reboot Communications, Greedy Productions and Seven Group. The producers are joined by a national industry committee of developers and leaders of the Canadian digital entertainment industry.

 

Event information, award categories, adjudication details, and online nominations are available at www.canadianvideogameawards.com.

 

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For more information:

 

Kathy Gibson

Reboot Communications/Catchy Consulting

(604) 773-9642

Kathy.Gibson@shaw.ca