Actor, Comedian Jeff Leach to Host Awards Ceremony Honoring Outstanding Video Game MarketersSAN FRANCISCO and FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 24, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — The Game Marketing Awards® (GMA), the first and only U.S. program which honors the top creative work produced by and for the video game marketing community, today announced the finalists for its 10th annual program. This year, the GMAs received a record high number of entries, surpassing 2014's submissions by nearly 20%. The GMAs celebrate the best practices in marketing, promotion and advertising for the video game and interactive entertainment community. Winners will be honored at the 10th Annual Game Marketing Awards, hosted by Jeff Leach, hit actor and comedian best known for hosting appearances with BBC, Current TV and ITV, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Top finalists receiving the most nominations for the 2015 Game Marketing Awards include:
- Ant Farm
- Electronic Arts
- Microsoft Xbox
- Midnight Oil
- Sony Computer Entertainment America
"We are thrilled that entries for this year's Game Marketing Awards were at an all-time high," said Kym Nelson, co-chair, Game Marketing Board of Governors and senior vice president, Sales, Twitch. "This is a reflection of the incredible work being done by marketing professionals in the ever-growing video game industry. Video game marketing is art — there is truly nothing like it, and we are proud to recognize the achievements of these amazing individuals."
The GMAs recognize marketing excellence in 42 categories, from Outstanding Overall Marketing Campaign of the Year, to Best PR Campaign, Best Game Footage Trailer and many more! GMA finalists are determined through a rigorous two-step process. In the first step, finalists are selected by a panel of industry and peer professionals. Then in phase two, an Elite Jury, comprised of leaders from all areas of the game industry, holds a final round of judging wherein they determine the Gold and Silver winners in the 2015 GMA competition, which will be announced on April 22 at the event hosted by Jeff Leach.
"I am honored to serve as a jury member for a program that promotes and celebrates marketing excellence," said Tony Key, Game Marketing Awards Elite Jury member and senior vice president, sales and marketing, Ubisoft. "Our rigorous judging process is essential to ensure that winning GMA submissions truly reflect the industry's best and brightest work. Year after year, we continue to be amazed by companies and agencies pushing the boundaries on innovation and creativity...and this year is no exception."
The competitive GMA selection process amplifies the achievement of the winners of the Game Marketing Awards, an honor recognized as an icon of excellence and innovation in the video game and interactive entertainment industry. The 2015 Elite Jury is a group comprised of the following industry leaders: Aaron Greenberg, Head of Global Product Marketing, Microsoft Xbox; Alan Hunter, President & Chief Creative Officer, Petrol; Dario Raciti, US Director Zero Code, OMD; Jason Covey, EVP, Midnight Oil; Jonathan Anastas, VP Global Brand Marketing & Head of Digital, Activision; Jordan Edelstein, VP Marketing, Kabam; Laura Naviaux, SVP Global Sales & Marketing, Daybreak Games; Matt Bretz, VP and Creative Director, Ayzenberg; Rob Troy, Chief Creative Officer & President, Ant Farm; Robb Hittner, SVP Digital, Edelman; Sarah Anderson, SVP Marketing, 2K; and Tony Key, SVP Sales & Marketing, Ubisoft.
To register to attend the Game Marketing Summit and the Game Marketing Awards, please visit www.gamemarketingsummit.com. For a complete list of GMA 2015 finalists, please visit: http://www.gamemarketingsummit.com/finalists. Information is also available on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GameMarketingSummit and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GameMarketers or use #GMS15.
About Game Marketing Summit
As the world's largest interactive game marketing gathering, the Game Marketing Summit celebrates marketing excellence overall, while providing an all-inclusive forum for common thought, bond and community. Owned by IDG World Expo, GMS is a one-day event that brings together leading game industry marketing and brand executives to discuss, deliberate, debate and celebrate the issues, opportunities and successes driving the interactive entertainment industry, culminating with the Game Marketing Awards Show where top creative work produced by and for the video game marketing community is showcased and honored.
About IDG World Expo
IDG World Expo ( www.idgworldexpo.com) is an award-winning producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, strategic business relationships, and access to industry-leading products, people, and services. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes the MacIT® Conference, Electronic Entertainment Expo® (E3®), Digital Entertainment World (DEW), the Game Marketing Summit® (GMS), Anime Expo®, BlogHer, BlogHer Food, Techmanity, and Macworld Mobile. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
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