Posted on October 3, 2007, Chris Writers Guild Creates Videogame Writing Award
Good news if you’re a writer of videogames: the Writer Guild has created an award specifically for you. Well, more clearly, the Writers Guild of America has done so, acknowledging the fact that there are videogames which are exemely well written, and that the skill of the writers behind these games deserve to be honored like any other good writer.
“Videogames are written and many are written very well. By recognising the skill and craft of videogame writing, the Writers Guilds intend to raise the profile of these writers so that they can get WGA contracts and benefits for this work,” said WGAW president Patric Verrone. “We aim, we shoot, we score.”
They hope that this award will help to encourage better writing in videogames and to encourage uniform standards throughout the industry.
“Writers are finally being recognised and valued in the videogame industry. Both artistically and financially, videogames matter – and videogame writers matter to the WGA,” commented WGAW New Media Caucus member Jay Lender.
“This is the first time game writers have been honored by their peers in the writing community, and it’s an important step toward the WGA’s goal of covering everything that moves on a screen,” added fellow caucus member Micah Wright.
The award will be presented for the first time at the next Writers Guild Awards, which takes place in Los Angeles on February 9, 2008.