The first annual Canadian Video Game Awards will be held in Vancouver May 5th. While there have been other iterations of a video game awards ceremony in the past, this generation has teamed up with DigiBC to celebrate the best in Canadian gaming.
Categories include: Game of the Year, Best Console, Best Handheld Game, Best Downloadable Game, Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Visual Arts, Best Writing, In-Game Cinematic, Most Promising Game. The Downloadable Games category includes those for iPhones and iPod touches.
The nominated games and finalists all needed to be works completed in Canada by December 31st, 2009. Nominations have now ended and the finalists have been announced. The public has the chance to vote for their favourite in the Game of the Year category.
Tickets for the awards ceremony at the Vancouver Convention Centre May 5th are currently on sale for $35. The Canadian Videogame Awards will take place the evening before the second annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) Canada so GDC pass-holders will get a discount on admission to the event.
You can follow the awards on Twitter or Facebook for more information.