[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
New York City, January 14, 2020 – Along with honoring the best in video games, the best in games journalism will be celebrated at the New York Videogame Critics Circle’s 9th Annual New York Game Awards on January 21 at SVA Theatre in New York City. The event will honor journalists’ best video game writing with the Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism; the award is open to anyone who has created a journalistic work on the topic of video games during the awards year.*
“The Games Journalism Award is given to one journalist or critic for distinguished contributions to the field during the voting year,” said NY Game Awards journalism chair, Nick Capozzoli. “The selected journalist will have best demonstrated traditional journalistic values, including, but not limited to, work that illuminates, contextualizes, entertains, exhibits lucid writing, sound reasoning, wit and integrity.”
The Nominees for the New York Game Awards Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism
Presenting the Knickerbocker Award for Best Games Journalism at the 9th Annual New York Game Awards is Gene Park, The Washington Post journalist who’s one of the newspaper’s top video games and culture reporters as well as part of Launcher, The Post’s initiative to offer high-quality gaming coverage to its readers. Gene is a lifelong gamer and a journalist since 2003, covering crime (for The Honolulu Star-Bulletin), politics, business, military and education. He was most recently an award-winning social media editor for The Post.
“The best games journalism is hands down on par with the best journalism. Period,” said Harold Goldberg, journalist and New York Game Awards founder. “That’s why we at the New York Videogame Critics Circle take the journalism award category so seriously.”
Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual New York Game Awards here. Tickets include free game codes for all attendees and an after-party with an open bar where attendees can rub elbows with game developers and Critics Circle members. Every ticket sale contributes to the community, as all ticket sale proceeds that the New York Videogame Critics Circle earns from the New York Game Awards goes back into the non-profit organization to help with mentoring, scholarships and workshops in the New York City area. For those who cannot attend the New York Game Awards, the event will be livestreamed via Mixer and Twitch. The New York Game Awards ceremony is hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, where attendees will receive four free games.
New York Videogame Critics Circle Programs Include:
- DreamYard Project at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx: Offering mentoring, internships, workshops, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underserved students.
- Journalism classes at The Henry Street Settlement: The New York Videogame Critics Circle brings games education to community events as well.
- Mentoring at, and consulting for, Older Adult Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), at their Senior Planet tech center in Manhattan’s Chelsea-area.
- The New York Public Library system and American Museum of Natural History panels: Talks and discussions about jobs in games, games history and how games bring people together.
NYVGCC members are a culturally diverse and passionate group of videogame journalists from media outlets including Tom’s Guide, CNET, Time and The Washington Post; view a full list of members here. For more information on getting involved through volunteering or fundraising with the NYVGCC, click here. Click here for more information on the New York Videogame Critics Circle, or contact founder Harold Goldberg at [email protected].
*Eligible works include, but are not limited to, features, editorials, criticism, news reports, reviews and previews; written, audio, illustrative and video works are all eligible. Circle members are not eligible for the award, nor can Circle members cast a vote for staff at their respective outlets. No prize (financial or otherwise) is associated with the award beyond the New York Game Awards trophy.
About the New York Videogame Critics Circle
Based in New York City, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a not-for-profit organization, stemming from the need for community in the often-cut-throat world of journalism. This multicultural group is comprised of the finest videogame critics, designers, writers, reporters, bloggers and videographers in New York City. Members of the New York Videogame Critics Circle give back to their communities with programs like at DreamYard Prep School in the Bronx, NY where the group offers mentoring, internships, lectures, job information and college scholarships for intelligent, but underserved students. The organization also holds community events, mentoring and classes in partnership with the Henry Street Settlement. At SVA Theatre, the group holds the annual New York Game Awards, which benefits their community service work. They also mentor seniors at O.A.T.S., Older Adult Technology Services at their tech center in NYC. The New York Game Awards Scholarship and Mentoring donors include Sony, Wizards of the Coast, HyperX, Samsung, MSK, and Ubisoft, with more to be announced.
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