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CESA Details 2009 Japan Game Awards

Annual awards event to be held at Tokyo Game Show


An annual Tokyo Game Show tradition will be returning this year. The Computer Entertainment Suppliers Association (CESA) announced today details on the 2009 Japan Game Awards.

The annual awards event highlights quality software for the prior year, upcoming games that are determined to show potential for success, and amateur development projects. Awards are voted on by members of either the public or by a special committee, depending on the award. The results are announced during special stage events at the Fall Tokyo Game Show.

This year's Games of the Year Division award will select the best games released domestically between April 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. Prizes include a Grand Prize, a Global Prize, awarded to one Japanese title and one foreign title, and a Best Sales Prize. Additional prizes are also usually given out depending on the titles at hand. This award will be chosen by the Japan Game Awards Selection Committee.

The Future Division award will target all games shown in either playable or video form at the Tokyo Game Show, which will be held this year from September 24 through September 27. Attendees, both professional and general public, will be able to make their top picks on the first three days of the event. The Japan Game Awards Selection Committee will then select the top prize winners.

The Amateur Division award will target amateur works submitted between March 16 and June 30. Works that pass two judging phases by the Japan Game Awards Selection Committee will be shown at the Tokyo Game Show.

In addition to these awards, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will give out a special reward to a person or group who it is determined recently contributed to the development of the Japanese game industry. Last year, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto won this award.

Prizes for the awards and further details on the Amateur Division submission requirements can be seen at the official Japan Game Awards 2009 page. The page is accessible in English.

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