IDG’s GameStar Germany Announces 2003 Readers Choice Awards Winners

BOSTON, MA – MARCH 6, 2003 – IDG's GameStar in Germany today announced the winners of its annual Readers Awards Ceremony, which took place February 13 at Lenbach Palais in Munich. Moderated by GameStar's editors-in-chiefs Florian Stangl and Joerg Langer, awards were given to the best gaming hardware and games in twelve categories and recognized companies such as Vivendi Universal Games, Mafia, and Electronic Arts.


This year's winners included: WarCraft3 (Strategy, Vivendi Universal Games); Mafia (Action, Take 2); FIFA 2003 (Soccer, Electronic Arts), and "The Game of the Year 2002" award went to Mafia.

Speakers at the event included: GameStar Publisher Uwe Kielman, Associate Publisher Joerg Langer, IDG Games Media Group's U.S. President and CEO John Rousseau, and Dr. Jens Uwe Intat, managing director of Electronic Arts for Central Europe.

"With GameStar at an all time high in sold circulation (364,000 per month), The GameStar Readers Awards are an important way for IDG to recognize gaming industry excellence in Germany," said York von Heimburg, managing director, IDG Entertainment Verlag. "Since the results are a direct results of several thousand readers' votes, and not influenced at all by the editorial team, The GameStar Readers Awards set the standard for technology quality in the gaming industry, and the ability to recognize these winners is a tremendous honor for IDG."

IDG Communications Verlag AG, the German unit of IDG, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG). This holding company owns Computerwoche Verlag GmbH, COMPUTERWOCHE, ComputerPartner, CIO, NetworkWorld, IDG Magazine Verlag GmbH (PC-WELT, Macwelt), IDG Entertainment Verlag GmbH (GameStar, GamePro) and IDG Interactive GmbH (tecCHANNEL).

The total circulation of IDG's German components averages 1.12 million copies per month and the German products offered by IDG in the Internet currently account for more than 71 million page impressions. With sales of 111.6 million euro (in the financial year 2001/2002) the German unit is the most successful international IDG subsidiary outside of the USA.


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