As yet unreleased game, Minecraft, wins GameCity Prize

Brand new title first to win new award recognising the art of video games

Created by a software firm based in Sweden, a new game that uses building blocks to construct anything the gamers can imagine has scooped up a GameCity Prize in Nottingham

Winning the first ever GameCity Prize is Minecraft, a building block game which is still in beta and is looking at a release next month.

The new award category at GameCity6 was set up to recognise the art of video games. The winner was announced at the finale of the event in Nottingham.

The game was created in Sweden by independent firm, Mojang, and despite being in beta stage has 15 million registered users and nearly 4 million have bought the game.

Some judges of the panel included Labour MP Tom Watson, actor and writer Charlie Higson, musician Nitin Sawhney and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank, chaired the judges. Others included actor Frances Barber, comment editor of the Financial Times James Crabtree, television presenter Ed Hall and rock band You Me at Six.

The game scooped the award over titles from bigger publishers like Electronic Arts and Microsoft. Other titles in the running included: LIMBO, Portal 2, Child of Eden, ilomilo, Superbrothers: S&S EP and Pokémon Black.

The GameCity event is now in its sixth year.

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