I'm pleased to announce that starting this year, ggFTW will begin a "Game of the Year" program to recognize outstanding MMO/MMORPG games and those games' publishers. We're still debating the award categories but right now the program will tentatively offer four awards:
- Game of the Year - Nominated by community and awarded by the ggFTW Games Team, this award will recognize the most outstanding F2P MMO game for the year in which it is awarded.
- Underdog Award - Nominated by the community and decided by the ggFTW Games Team, this award will recognize the most surprising F2P MMO game for the year in which it is awarded.
- Community Choice Award - Decided entirely by community vote, this award will recognize the community choice game of the year for the year in which it is awarded.
- Most Anticipated Award - Nominated by the community and decided by the ggFTW Games Team, this award will recognize the game with the most potential following the year in which it is awarded.
At this time the categories and criteria are subject to revision as we finalize them internally. We plan to finalize the program by February 28th and implement nomination procedures by June 30th. The first awards will be given for 2011 (with most anticipated given for 2012). Awards will be limited to client-based games only and will not apply to browser-based games. We may entertain exceptions, but the browser game better blow our socks off to be considered.
Publishers winning a ggFTW annual game award will be granted a limited license to display the award banner on their site. More details on the terms of this license will come with the program finalization next month.
Start thinking of which game you believe deserves the title "Game of the Year" now!