Gaming Steve

May 19, 2008

GCA and ESA Fight Over E3 Awards


With the recent departure of LucasArts from the ESA and E3, as well as the more notable withdrawal of Activision-Blizzard, some problems are starting to appear in the now slightly fragmented industry.

The story goes like this: the Game Critics Awards, a voluntary organization made up of independent game journalists, has shown its intent to include games not only shown "in" E3, but those "around" E3 as nominees for its "Best of E3" awards. This has of course infuriated the ESA which wants only those companies who are actually involved in E3 to be eligible. A response to the ESA from Geoff Knightly, co-chair of the GCA:

"The fact that Activision is not a registered exhibitor for E3 has brought to light the issue of how to determine the eligibility of games... A precedent has been set that in the past, judges have voted on games that have been presented off the show floor at hotel suites and across the street from E3. It would be a shame for me if the best game of E3 didn't win the Best of Show award because it was demoed across the street from the show floor...

The fact we are independent awards [lets us] define our own rules for eligibility... Our organization isn't for profit. It's a volunteer organization, a consortium of journalists, so we can be pure."

A sound argument can be seen on both sides: on one hand, what is a "Best of E3" award if it's not only for actual E3 members? Then again, is it really fair to game developers that their games are excluded from one of the few notable awards because their game was simply across the street? I personally don't think an independent awards organization should have to listen to an industry association, but it is ESA's show, so it will be interesting to see how they react.

Posted by Clayton Ashley at 11:45 PM | Comments (4) | Posted to Business |  Add this story to  Stumble It!  Submit this story to Digg!

Maybe the GCA will ignore the E3 altogether then, and just nominate the best games "around" E3?

Posted by Sonny at May 20, 2008 2:24 AM

I just don't want E3 to suck! Although I'd be fine if it died and shows like Space World came back... actually I just want Nintendo to do another Space World.

Posted by PatMan33 at May 20, 2008 10:52 PM

The GCA might be forced to leave the term "E3" out of their award nominations?

Personally I'd prefer that. ESA's lately getting on my nerves...

Posted by Doubleclick at May 21, 2008 1:21 PM

Perhaps ESA's time has come and gone...let the old dinosaur slowly slip away into the tar pits of time...One day an inquisitive gamer may come across the relics of this old beast and comment on just how far the human race has progressed since then.

Posted by hizzah at May 21, 2008 11:03 PM
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