Microsoft has announced it will recognize Xbox Live Arcade developers with awards for the top XBLA games of 2007, with several category winners to be decided by community vote.
A panel of consumer and video game industry journalists selected the finalists in each category, and the winners will be determined by popular vote. Microsoft will announce the winners of the inaugural Xbox Live Arcade Awards 2007 at the Game Developer Conference in February.
Categories open for public vote include: Best Overall Arcade Game; Best Classic Game; Best Original Game; Best Family Friendly Game; Best Competitive Multiplayer Game, and Best Cooperative Multiplayer Game.
The categories whose winners will determined by the expert panel include: Best selling game; Most played game, Highest rated game, and Staff choice.
Public voting opens January 22nd, and runs through January 30th. Interested parties can view and vote on the nominees once the voting opens at http://www.xbox.com/xblaawards