FrontierVille, Ravenwood Fair score multiple GDC Online Awards nominations

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Game Developers Online Choice AwardsIt's almost that time of year again when the social games industry comes together for one collective pat on the back: The Game Developers Choice Online Awards. The second annual ceremony will be held during the GDC Online event in Austin, Texas this October. This year's GDC Online Awards nominations include a litany of hot online games, but are largely dominated by two Facebook games: Zynga's FrontierVille and Ravenwood Fair by Lolapps.

Each of the two games came away with three nominations, bested only by Spiral Knights, a free-to-play MMO (massively multiplayer game) by SEGA and recently released on Steam. Chosen by a committee of 400 industry professionals, FrontierVille earned nominations for Best Social Network Game, Best Online Game Design and Best Audio For An Online Game. Ravenwood Fair scored nods in the exact same categories.

Both FrontierVille and Ravenwood Fair made it onto our list of the Top Facebook Games of 2010, so we're not terribly surprised by the two games possibly cleaning house at the awards. Speaking of which, the GDC Online Awards will be held Oct. 12, smack dab in the middle of the three-day long conference celebrating all things social games. Take a look at the full list of nominees:

Best Online Visual Arts
  • DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
  • Dragons Of Atlantis (Kabam)
  • Vindictus (devCAT/Nexon)

Best Social Network Game
  • CityVille (Zynga)
  • Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
  • Dragons Of Atlantis (Kabam)
  • FrontierVille (Zynga)
  • Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)

Best Online Game Design
  • Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)
  • Pocket Frogs (NimbleBit)
  • Zuma Blitz (Popcap)
  • Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
  • FrontierVille (Zynga)

Online Innovation
  • Dragon Age Legends (EA2D)
  • Shadow Cities (Grey Area)
  • Empire Avenue (Empire Avenue)
  • Pocket Frogs (NimbleBit)
  • Zombie Lane (Digital Chocolate)

Best Online Technology
  • World of Tanks (Wargaming)
  • CityVille (Zynga)
  • DC Universe Online (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • Lego Universe Online (The LEGO Group/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Community Relations
  • Wizard101 (KingsIsle Entertainment)
  • World of Tanks (Wargaming)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)
  • EA Sports FIFA Superstars (Playfish/EA)
  • World Of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Audio For An Online Game
  • Clone Wars Adventures (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
  • Ravenwood Fair (Lolapps)
  • FrontierVille (Zynga)
  • Dragon Age Legends (EA2D)

Best New Online Game
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
  • Vindictus (devCAT/Nexon)
  • Spiral Knights (Three Rings Design/Sega)
  • Monster Galaxy (Gaia Online)

Best Live Game
  • Wizard101 (KingsIsle Entertainment)
  • Moshi Monsters (Mind Candy)
  • League Of Legends (Riot Games)
  • World Of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Minecraft (Mojang)

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

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