Spike TV Takes Gaming to the Next Level
Network Announces Talent for This Year's Biggest Gaming Celebration
Tenacious D and AFI to Perform; 50 Cent, Mike Bibby, Seth Green, Tony Hawk,
Method Man & Many Others to Present at Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards
The Exclusive World Premiere of Blizzard Entertainment'(R)s Opening
Cinematic Movie for World of Warcraft(R): The Burning Crusade(TM) to Air
During Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards
4th Annual Gaming Extravaganza Premieres Wednesday, December 13 at 10:00
PM; Tapes at USC's Galen Center in LA;
Log-On to http://www.vga2006.spiketv.com to Vote
NEW YORK, Nov. 21 -- Spike TV has upped the ante for the
4th annual Spike TV 2006 Video Game Awards (VGAs.) Joining host Samuel L.
Jackson will be musical performances from Tenacious D and AFI along with
presenters including hip hop mega-star 50 Cent, NBA superstar Mike Bibby,
actor Seth Green, half-pipe legend Tony Hawk, rapper/actor Method Man and
actress Rachael Leigh Cook. Many more musical acts, presenters and
attendees will be announced shortly.
During the VGA's, viewers will be treated to the world premiere of
Blizzard Entertainment(R)'s opening cinematic movie for its highly
anticipated upcoming expansion set, World of Warcraft(R): The Burning
Crusade(TM). The two-minute clip will debut exclusively on Spike TV. World
of Warcraft is the world's most popular massively multiplayer online
role-playing game, with more than 7.5 million players worldwide.
Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards tapes on Friday, December 8 at the
University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles with the
two- hour "games vs. games" extravaganza. The show will premiere on
Wednesday, December 13 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).
To vote for this year's VGA nominees go to
http://www.vga2006.spiketv.com -- it runs through Thursday, December 7.
Also online, fans can log-on to view exclusive red carpet and backstage
coverage of the event.
The official sponsors of Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards are Burger
King(R), Mountain Dew, Pontiac, Stride(TM) Gum, U.S. Air Force and Verizon
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Bethesda Softworks tops this year's
VGA nominations with ten including "Game of the Year," "Most Addictive,"
and "Best Performance by a Human - Male" for actor Patrick Stewart as well
as "Studio of the Year" for Bethesda Softworks and designer Todd Howard.
Company of Heroes (THQ) and Gears of War (Microsoft) each have six
Nominees of Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards were determined by the
VGA Advisory Council, composed of some of the most respected gaming
industry experts. The council is responsible for selecting nominees and
participates along with our viewers in the voting process to select VGA
winners. Winners will be determined by votes from the Video Game Industry
Voting Council and consumer voting. The winner in the "Most Addictive Game"
category will solely be determined by viewer voting.
Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards pays tribute to the outstanding
achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music
and performances of the past year in the world of video games. The awards
also provide a glimpse at the future of gaming -- including exclusive sneak
peeks and world premiere footage of some of the hottest and most
anticipated games of 2007 and beyond.
Albie Hecht, Oscar(R)-nominated producer and co-creator of the "Kids'
Choice" and "Video Game Awards," and Casey Patterson, Senior Vice
President, Event Production & Talent Development for Spike TV will serve as
Executive Producers of Spike TV's 2006 "Video Game Awards." Alicia Portugal
will serve as Producer and Scott Fishman is the Executive in Charge of
Production. Beth McCarthy will serve as director.
Spike TV is available in 90 million homes and is a division of MTV
Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA,
About Blizzard Entertainment
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft and the
Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) series, Blizzard Entertainment
(http://www.blizzard.com), a division of Vivendi Games, is a premier
developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating
many of the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard's track
record includes nine #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards.
The company's free Internet gaming service, Battle.net(R), reigns as the
largest in the world, with millions of active users.
SOURCE Spike TV