Codemasters wins Golden Joystick

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Like it says, publisher Codemasters took home the gold UK Developer of the Year award at the 2007 Golden Joystick show.  07 is the first year that this particular accolade has been included in the show's 25 year history.  I'm just surprised that the same country that banned Manhunt 2 has been hosting a game awards show for a quarter century.  Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? 


Ever-Growing Video Game Developer/Publisher Receives 'UK Developer of the Year 2007' Award among Others

Burbank, CA - Monday, October 29, 2007 - Codemasters, developer and publisher of world-class video games, was victorious at the 25th annual Golden Joystick Awards winning the 'UK Developer of the Year 2007' Award.


The Golden Joystick Awards are the UK's longest running and most popular video game awards, and in this 25th anniversary year, saw nearly 750,000 votes cast by readers of Future Publishing's leading video game magazines and websites.  The prestigious event took place at the Hilton Hotel on London's Park Lane last Friday, October 26th.

In being crowned 'UK Developer of the Year 2007', Codemasters is the first to receive the honor.  The category, introduced just this year, praises and recognizes the best home-grown creative talent and saw 51 companies competing for nomination.

Codemasters, whose Warwickshire-based central studios are responsible for award-winning titles including DiRT™ and the Race Driver™ series, beat out other competitors, including Rockstar North, Lionhead, Rare, and Bizarre Creations.  Codemasters was also the only 3rd Party game publisher in the final nominations announced during the event for the 'Publisher of the Year' award, alongside Microsoft and Nintendo.

"To be recognized and rewarded as a creative team is a great achievement and the fact that this award was voted for by hundreds of thousands of gamers has made everyone at Codemasters immensely proud," said Gavin Cheshire, Vice President, Codemasters Studios.  "Game development has been a part of Codemasters for almost as long as the publishing arm has been operating and our titles have a quality and consistency that many other developers and publishers envy.  We're overjoyed in winning the award for our achievements to date and, be assured, we have many exciting concepts for the future."

About Codemasters
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels.  Established in 1986, the company's dominant brands include DiRT, Overlord, Clive Barker's Jericho, and Operation Flashpoint.  Codemasters is headquartered in Southam, Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Burbank, Calif.  The company also maintains operations in Germany, France, Spain, and Benelux.  More information about the company and its products is available online at:

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