Organizers of the Game Developers Conference 2012 have opened nominations for the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards through January 4, 2012, with all Gamasutra account-holding industry professionals able to nominate.
Taking place the evening of March 7, during GDC 2012 in San Francisco, these awards will encompass 13 categories for games that launched to retail or debuted online during the 2011 calendar year, and will honor the creativity, artistry and technical genius of leading industry professionals.
The ceremony will also include three special awards -- Lifetime Achievement, the Pioneer Award and the Ambassador Award -- which are open to anyone not previously recognized. Previous winners include luminaries such as Peter Molyneux, Yu Suzuki, Richard Garriott, John Carmack, and many more.
Winners will be selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards' International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is a handpicked group comprised of 500 leading game creators from across of the video game industry.
Special Award winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes notable industry veterans from Valve, PopCap, ngmoco, BioWare, Zynga and more.
The award categories open for nominations until January 4th are as follows:
- Best Audio
- Best Debut Game
- Best Downloadable Game
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game
- Best Game Design
- Best Narrative
- Best Technology
- Best Visual Arts
- Innovation Award
- Game of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement
- Pioneer Award
- Ambassador Award
The ceremony, held during GDC 2012, will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm. The ceremony is held immediately following the Independent Games Festival Awards, and will take place at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center.
For more information about the Game Developers Choice Awards or to submit a nomination ballot, visit the Choice Awards' official website. For further information about GDC 2012, please visit the show's official website, or follow updates via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS.