Our panelists are almost all professional journalists and writers, who’ve worked in the industry for several years. Here are the judges for the 2013 prize.
Dr Jo Twist took the role of CEO of Ukie in January 2012. Dr Twist comes from Channel 4 as Commissioning Editor for Education where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II, a stable of free browser and iOS games, including Sweatshop, Nomination and International Racing Squirrels, as well as social media projects. Previous positions include Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor and in a former life was a technology reporter for BBC News. With a background in digital media, education, creative technology and youth culture, Twist brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of interactive entertainment including media, technical innovation and creativity, commercial and political issues.
Patrick Klepek has been the news editor at Giant Bomb for the last two years. Previously, he was a reporter at EGM, G4, MTV News, and 1UP, and is probably best known for breaking the news about Infinity Ward’s management shake up and Microsoft’s recent turnaround on its DRM policies for Xbox One. When Patrick isn’t spending his time at Giant Bomb getting scared in the dark while playing horror games, he’s trying to tell to tell stories. Games have stories to tell, developers have stories to tell, and players have stories to tell. Someone just needs to listen.
Kirsten Kearney is the Editor of Ready Up and a regular radio pundit for the video game industry. She has been a journalist for 18 years, having left the BBC in 2002 to move into games journalism. She has been a section editor and written columns and reviews for publications including OPM2, PSM3, GamesMaster, Play, 360 Gamer, Guinness World Records and PocketGamer. Kirsten also set two world records for gaming marathons in the FPS and driving genres.
Patrick Miller is the director of online community for GDC, former editor-in-chief of Game Developer Magazine, and an editor of fighting game community site Shoryuken.com. All in all, he probably spends more time looking at words about video games than actually playing them.
Keza MacDonald has been writing about games and gaming culture for more than eight years, for everyone from The Guardian to Edge to VG247 and Eurogamer. She is currently UK Games Editor at IGN.com, and received a Games Media Award for Best Online Writer in 2011 and for Games Writer of the Year in 2012.