Game Designers Award panel announced

Last year the Japan Game Awards – the ministry of economy, trade and industry’s annual celebration of the country’s videogame industry – gave its inaugural Game Designers Award to Heavy Rain. The award is chosen by 12 of the nation’s most respected developers, and the panel charged with selecting this year’s winner has been announced. And it’s quite a list, headed by Masahiro Sakurai and including Fumito Ueda, Ryutaro Takahashi, Hideki Kamiya, Jin Fusijawa, and Shinji Mikami. Any game released in Japan between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011 is eligible, with the winner to be announced at the Japan Game Awards ceremony on September 15, the first day of the Tokyo Game Show.