New reviewers and journalists must register with the Academy to vote on award nominees and winners. There is no fee to become a voter.
To qualify, analysts/journalists must e-mail info at navgtr dot org and demonstrate a high quality of work OR meet a preponderance of the following “A” or “B” items:
<A1> the actual BADGE you received from attending any recognized industry trade show or conference within the past 12 months. E-mail a convincing picture, or cut off and remove the machine-readable stripe and snail mail remaining badge. The badge should indicate that you are registered as Press.
<A2> the actual badge HOLDER you received from attending any recognized industry trade show or conference within the past 12 months. E-mail a picture or snail mail. If possible, the badge holder should indicate that you are registered as Press (i.e. official press ribbon attached to badge holder).
<B1> company business card
<B2> a detailed job description (100-word minimum) signed by a company supervisor on company letter head with an original signature; in general, any bona fide job in the media involving game testing, playing, reporting, or editing will suffice, but in the case of independent media, applicant must provide proof of services to industry (i.e. reference letter signed by client, proof of publication, proof of employment, etc.), where the validity, integrity, and/or reliability of such proof will be determined by NAVGTR Corp.
<B3> one (1) print article with a 300-word minimum, from a magazine, newspaper, or book published by an incorporated publishing company or accredited college or university. Applicants should include the retail/published copy. Articles should include a signed statement that the submitted articles are the work of the individual seeking voter eligibility.
<B4> links to ten (10) online articles, each with a 300-word minimum, reaching 1,000 unique web visitors a month. The Academy should receive a signed statement that the submitted articles are the work of the individual seeking voter eligibility. E-mail attachments or articles that appear only in e-mails and not on the web will not be accepted.
<B5> one (1) television or video segment with a one-minute minimum, from cable television, satellite television, broadcast television, or webstreaming video available to at least 15,000 households or receiving 5,000 views. Eligible applicants include TV hosts, reporters, writers, and game testers who produce B-roll related to preparing the segments for television or video, as long as the applicant actually plays the game being reviewed for television or video. Applicant should include public or unlisted YouTube link with the applicant’s name shown in the credits of the program. For television, a list of all markets should be included with call letters, city, state, and country of operation. For webstreaming, a server site statistics report should be included.
If submitting by mail, please include SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) if you would like your “A” items returned. NAVGTR Corp. is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. “B” items will not be returned. Mailing address is NAVGTR Corp., 13200 Forest Drive, Bowie, MD, 20715, USA.
In your submission materials, you should include the following information on a Cover Page attachment:
- Home Address
- Home Phone
- Work Address
- Work Phone
In addition, e-mail cover page information to info at navgtr dot org with the subject line “new voter application.”
Submissions received within the 30 days preceding a voting event (or a series of voting events) may not be processed until after the voting event(s). Note: The careful following of the above rules may determine whether any submission will be processed. However, individuals in recognized press databases may or may not be exempt from submission requirements.