GDC Online: Smedley to keynote, SWTOR receives six award nominations

Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

GDC Online organizers have announced SOE president John Smedley will provide the opening keynote at the event, where he will discuss free-to-play as the future of online gaming, and how SOE transitioned its entire line-up to see record high-numbers both in player and revenue growth.

Smedley will also provide insight on SOE’s line-up of titles including Planetside 2.

Organizers have also announced nominations for the third annual GDC Online Awards which include everything from MMOs to social titles.

Star Wars: The Old Republic has received six nods, and Diablo III and The Sims Social have also received multiple nominations.

Here’s the full list nominees:

BEST SOCIAL NETWORK GAME

  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas)
  • Rage Of Bahamut (Cygames/Mobage)
  • Draw Something (OMGPOP/Zynga)
  • Empires & Allies (Zynga LA)
  • The Sims Social (Playfish)

BEST AUDIO

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Tribes: Ascend (Hi-Rez Studios)
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance (Playdom/Disney)
  • Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)

BEST ONLINE GAME DESIGN

  • Glitch (Tiny Speck)
  • Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios/Kabam w/Spry Fox)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DragonVale (Backflip Studios)
  • Woodland Heroes (Row Sham Bow)

BEST ONLINE VISUAL ARTS

  • Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse)
  • Empires & Allies (Zynga LA)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Age of Empires Online (Robot Entertainment & Gas Powered Games)
  • Glitch (Tiny Speck)

ONLINE INNOVATION

  • Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Realm of the Mad God (Wild Shadow Studios/Kabam w/Spry Fox)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DayZ Mod for ArmA II (Dean Hall/Bohemia Interactive)
  • Idle Worship (Idle Games)

BEST COMMUNITY RELATIONS

  • World of WarCraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Solitaire Blitz (PopCap/EA)
  • World of Tanks (Wargaming.net Belarus)
  • Diamond Dash (Wooga)

BEST ONLINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga Boston)
  • Tera (Bluehole Studio/En Masse)
  • The Sims Social (Playfish)

BEST LIVE GAME

  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • CityVille (Zynga)
  • World of WarCraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • EVE Online (CCP Games)

BEST NEW ONLINE GAME

  • CastleVille (Zynga Dallas)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin)
  • DragonVale (Backflip Studios)
  • Draw Something (OMGPOP/Zynga)
  • Rage Of Bahamut (Cygames/Mobage)

GDC Online takes place in Austin, Texas October 9-11.

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