03/10/05 - With UK gamers furiously voting on the recently revealed shortlists - Future has announced that The Golden Joystick Awards 2005, in association with The Carphone Warehouse look set to the biggest in the 23 year history of the event. Heading towards sell-out status, there are only a limited number of tables still available for the world's longest-running gaming awards ceremony.
Held this year at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Friday, 4th November - The Golden Joystick Awards 2005 will be hosted by talented comic and TV personality, Jimmy Carr. With more than 700 industry guests in attendance, the celebrations will continue at the infamous Golden Joysticks' after show party - presented by Joystick Junkies.
Consumer PR and brand consultancy Kazoo are working with Future to make The Golden Joystick Awards 2005 the best yet. Beating last year's 200,000 votes will be no easy task, but the 2005 event has already attracted a considerable list of media partners - helping to build awareness outside of the games press and boost votes. This year's event will be covered by The Sun, Sun Online, Nuts Magazine, TMF's new TV show Game One and Colin and Edith on BBC Radio One.
Media partners will be offering chances to win exclusive money can't buy VIP seats at the awards ceremony and after show party, as well as themed prize packages - including console bundles and signed gaming merchandise.
The Golden Joystick Awards 2005 - in association with The Carphone Warehouse
PlayStation 2 Game of the Year
GameCube Game of the Year
Xbox Game of the Year
PC Game of the Year
The Carphone Warehouse Handheld Game of the Year
Best Film-Based Game of 2005
The Radio One Colin and Edith Best In-Game Soundtrack
The Sun Online - Online Game of the Year
Publisher of the Year
Retailer of the Year
The Game One Gaming Innovation of the Year
The One to Watch for Xmas
The Sun's One to Watch for 2006
Hero of 2005
Villain of 2005
The Girl's Choice for 2005
Editor's Game of the Year
Unsung Hero of the Year
Nuts Magazine's Ultimate Game of 2005
James Ashton is Publisher of Future's London games portfolio:
"Table sales for this year's Golden Joystick Awards have been brisk and we only have a few left, despite moving the event to a bigger venue. Winning or being nominated for a Golden Joystick is a real honour and no other ceremony gives UK gamers the chance to directly influence who wins a gong.
"I'm delighted that Jimmy Carr has signed up to present the awards this year - he will help make this an unforgettable day. With more high-profile media partners than ever before, everyone will be doing their bit to raise the profile of The Golden Joystick Awards and video gaming to a huge audience."
Future plc was founded in the UK in 1985. Today, it publishes over 150 special-interest consumer magazines worldwide with strong portfolios in the computing, games, music, automotive, sports, crafts and leisure sectors. It is the fifth largest magazine publisher in the UK. Future employs 1,450 people in offices in the UK, US, France and Italy. Over 100 international editions of Future's magazines are also published under licence in 30 other countries across the world. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).
For more information:
Will Guyatt, Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517.