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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, Germany, August 15, 2012 – Yesterday evening, the Pan-European gaming industry celebrated the European Games Award in Cologne, Germany. The biggest best games and biggest personalities of the past year were celebrated during a ceremony, as a prelude to the gamescom trade fair in Cologne.

Over 230.000 votes have been submitted and a new record has been broken in the biggest online voting for games in Europe.

Games, developers, publishers, magazines, and platforms from 15 European countries competed for this much sought-after prize. The jury has chosen the 100 best titles out of more than 400 computer- and videogames, which have been developed in the last year in Europe, but left the final choice of the favourites to the games fans. The voting was carried out in over 20 categories.

The biggest winners this year are is the Polish triple-A production “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings“, as well as the Swedish first-person shooter “Battlefield 3“. Developer CD Projekt RED secured six awards with the second part of the “Witcher“, including “Best European Character Design” and “Best European Game Design”, also scooping the overall “Best European Game. „Battlefield 3” stood up to the competitors as the best European action, multiplayer and console game that was also accompanied by the “Best European Sound”. from Belarus is the „Best European Publisher” of the last year and their announced MMO game “World of Warplanes“ has been chosen “Europe's Most Wanted Online Game“.

The “Personality Award“ was handed over to Markus Persson – the developer of “Minecraft“. His open world game won two categories: “Best European Indie Game“ and “Best European Community“. Furthermore, Goodgame Studios developed the “Best European Browser Game” with „Good Game Empire“.

The prize-winners of each category were announced and awarded during the ceremony on the sailing event location Pure-liner 1. The present winners received their European Games Award on-stage from Charles Cecil (Revolution Software), Karl Magnus (DICE), Victor Kislyi ( and many more. Finally, like every year the organiser Aruba Events GmbH invited all guests to an exclusive after show party among the celebrated European Games Award winners.

Further information about the event and the winners, as well as images can be found at

Full list of the European Games Award winners 2012

Best European Action Game: Battlefield 3

Best European Art Direction: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best European Character Design: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best European Browser Game: GoodGame Empire

Best European Multiplayer Game: Battlefield 3

Best European Sound: Battlefield 3

Best European Game: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best European Publisher:

Europe's Most Wanted Online Game: World of Warplanes

Best European Indie Game: Minecraft

Best European Adventure Game: Botanicula

Best European Community: Minecraft

Best European Console Game: Battlefield 3

Best European Gameworld: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best European Game Design: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best European Mobile Game: Burnout Crash!

Best European Racing Game: Driver: San Francisco

Best European Special Edition: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Best European Strategy Game: Anno 2070

Best European Studio: Blue Byte

Europe's Most Wanted Game: Assassin's Creed 3

Personality Award: Markus Persson

About the European Games Award

The European Games Award is Europe's largest consumer award regarding gaming and honors the best games, developers, publishers and platforms. Organizer Aruba Events has been organizing the annual German Developer Awards for the last seven years. The most important award for German developers, led to the conception of the European Games Award. More information on the European Games Award can be found on the Internet at

About Aruba Events

The Aruba Events GmbH is Germany‘s leading event agency for events in the games-branch. Among other events, Aruba organizes the renowned “German Developers Award” (since 2004), the Quo Vadis in Berlin, the most successful German developer’s conference (since 2003)‚ Europe’s first cultural festival for games, the “Living Games Festival” (since 2008), as well as Europe’s largest public games award, the “European Games Award” (since 2010). The German Developers Award and the Living Games Festival were both official projects of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010.

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