The Shortlist
When entries have closed, the shortlisting begins! The shortlist is curated by the MCV editorial team. Where entries are particularly competitive or of a particularly high volume in one category, the team will ask for the expert advice of some outside counsel. 
The shortlist will be announced on 9th January 2019. 
                                                                                                     The Judging Process
The MCV Awards judging panel is made up of industry experts from across the video games industry. Panels will be specially curated to judge the different awards, mixing peers with those elsewhere in the value chain, to make sure that the judgement is informed and considered from all sides. 
Judges will be required to score each shortlisted entry against the specific criteria for each award. Voting will be private to avoid lobbying or undue pressure. The scores will be collated, verified for any anomalies and then averaged out to determine the winner. 
This system makes sure that each and every judge will read each and every entry, and allows the MCV team to identify any potential bias or inconsistencies. Judges can recuse themselves from scoring particular entries if necessary, and the process is transparent and fair to all parties. 
The transparency of this judging process is hugely important to us; however, we will not be revealing the identity of our judges. This is in order to make sure that we can retain our values of integrity and confidentiality while ensuring clear boundaries around the judging process. 
The winners will be announced via the MCV Awards ceremony, taking place on 7th March 2018 at the Brewery in Central London.