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5th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards: Mark Meer Announced As This Year's Host

Nominations for 2014 Games to Remain Open Until October 31st

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) is pleased to announce celebrated videogame actor Mark Meer as the new host for the 5th annual ceremony, taking place November 21st at The Carlu in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Mark Meer is a Canadian actor that has appeared in several world-class videogames, including the Mass Effect franchise, the Dragon Age franchise and the highly anticipated 2014 release, The Long Dark. Mr. Meer is also the co-creator, writer and star of Super Channel's Tiny Plastic Men, and a founder of the comedy/improv troupe, Gordon's Big Bald Head.

"We are delighted to bring Mark aboard as our fearless host for this year's big show," said Greg Spievak, Co-Founder of the CVAs and CEO of Reboot Communications. "He has been an incredible presenter in years past and is already one of our industry's highest profile and most vocal ambassadors."

The nomination and game release deadline for the 5th Annual Canadian Videogame Awards (CVAs) has been extended to October 31st, 2014.  The previous game release deadline for 2014 games was July 31st. Nominate your game here.

"This change ensures we are able to include more games from the 2014 calendar year in the nomination process," said Victor Lucas, Co-Founder of the CVAs, and creator/host of the long running, videogame-focused TV series, EP Daily. "This will help us produce an even more exciting, content-filled show that continues to celebrate the incredible gaming industry across Canada."

As one of the largest producers of videogames in the world, the CVAs celebrate Canada's spot on the world stage as a leader in interactive entertainment. This industry contributes $2.3 billion to Canada's GDP and employs over 16,500 in studios right across Canada.

Award categories, as established by a committee of industry leaders, can be found here. 2014 game finalists will be announced November 10, 2014, when public voting for the Fans' Choice Award will open.

The Canadian Videogame Awards are produced by Reboot Communications and EP Media and are officially endorsed by DigiBC, Interactive Ontario and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

Event information, award categories, 2013 game finalists and nominees are available at www.canadianvideogameawards.com. Show tickets for the public will go on sale in October.

SOURCE Reboot Communications Ltd.

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