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Golden Joystick Awards 2008

Shortlist voting now open.

DRAFT – Future, the special-interest media group, has announced that shortlist voting for the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards is now open, and are calling for the UK games industry to support the event – helping to make it the biggest and best yet.

Following a month of longlist voting, more than 100,000 votes have helped organisers whittle down nominees in each of the 15 gamer voted categories. Now the real work begins, with each vote from gamers directly influences which titles are in with a chance of being awarded a prestigious Golden Joystick. In a year that gave us massive games like Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3 and Super Mario Galaxy, just what titles do gamers think deserve praise?

With votes coming in thick and fast at, Future is calling upon marketing and PR teams with shortlisted games to rally their online communities behind their campaign to win a Joystick. This year, the Golden Joystick Awards are a headline event of the annual London Games Festival, a series of events which promotes the games industry in the Capital.

The Golden Joystick Awards promotion campaign has kicked into gear, and Future hopes this year’s event will crack one million votes, with voting open until Monday, 20th October at

26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards

Ultimate Game of the Year

The Sun Family Game of the Year

Nuts All Nighter Award

BBC 1Xtra Soundtrack of the Year

Bliss Handheld Game of the Year

Editor’s Choice

The One To Watch Award

4Talent Mobile Game of the Year

Nintendo Game of the Year

Online Game of the Year

PC Game of the Year

Playstation Game of the Year

Xbox Game of the Year

Publisher of the Year

Retailer of the Year

UK Developer of the Year

Golden Joystick Awards organiser and Publisher of Future’s Xbox portfolio, Emma Parkinson said:

“We invited the industry to get behind the Golden Joystick Awards and so far we haven’t been disappointed. At longlist stage, literally thousands of games were battling it out to make the shortlists, and many online communities were successfully mobilised to make sure their favourite game made it onto the list.

“Future is working hard with sponsors and media partners to ensure that the 26th Annual Golden Joystick Awards are the biggest and best yet, celebrating a year of success and achievements in the games industry. We’ve got some great new deals and announcements coming soon for both the industry and gamers themselves, as we continue to grow the event.”

To find out more, or to take part in voting, visit!


About Future

Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK and US. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the games, technology, music, film and active sectors including sports, automotive and crafts. Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally. The Company employs more than 1,200 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).

For more information

Will Guyatt, Future UK Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517

About London Games Festival

The London Games Festival is a week-long cultural and business celebration of computer and video games, reflecting their cultural influence and importance in today’s society. Created by the London Development Agency (LDA) and with the full support of the industry and its trade bodies ELSPA and Tiga, the festival provides an exciting array of consumer and trade events in the capital.

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