Durham, NC – April 8, 2008 – The Escapist is proud to announce its nomination today for The 12th Annual Webby Awards in the category of Best Game-Related Website of 2008. As one of five nominees in this category, The Escapist was chosen for the website’s innovative design and editorial contributions to journalism in the gaming industry.

Winners will be announced on May 6, 2008, and honored at The 12th Annual Webby Awards in New York City on June 10, 2008. The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this nomination,” said Julianne Greer, Editor-in-Chief for The Escapist Magazine. “We have worked hard to bring our readers fresh editorial and video content with the latest in industry news; recognition for our efforts is the icing on the cake.”

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization that includes David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, AKQA Global Creative Director Rei Inamoto, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein.

The Escapist is the cutting edge online interactive entertainment publication covering the video games industry and culture. Known for its progressive editorial style, The Escapist provides readers with weekly articles, columns and video content from the industry’s most talented journalists.

“Everyone involved with The Escapist should be extremely proud,” said Alexander Macris, CEO of Themis Group and publisher of The Escapist Magazine. “This is a great validation of our belief that games are an important part of our social fabric and therefore deserve coverage respectful of that fact.”

As a nominee for a Webby Award, The Escapist is also eligible to win a People’s Voice Award. People’s Voice voting, sponsored by Nokia, is open to the public from April 8th to May 1st at http://pv.webbyawards.com.


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