GDC Online is getting its own awards, specific to online games! This builds on the Game Developers Choice Awards that have been given for the last ten years at the main GDC.
The award ceremony will honor the accomplishments of the sometimes overlooked creators and operators of online video games – from large-scale MMOs through free-to-play titles to social network games. Awards span excellence in live services, technology, game updates, online game design, and more.
via Game Developers Choice Online Awards official site
Game development professionals with a Gamasutra.com account can submit nominations in a bunch of categories. A big thing in the awards is that they recognize live operations as well as launches, so the categories include:
- Best Online Game Design Award
- Audience Award
- Best Online Visual Arts Award
- Best Community Relations Award
- Best Online Technical Award
- Best Social Network Game Award
- Best Audio for an Online Game Award
- Best New Online Game Award
- Best Live Game Award
There are also a couple of special awards: an Online Game Legend award recognizing an individual and their career; and a Hall of Fame Award for a game.