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Capitals Win Golden Matrix Award for Best In-Game Feature

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington, D.C. – February 15, 2006 – The Washington Capitals won a Golden Matrix Award for best in-game feature at this year’s IDEA (Information Display and Entertainment Association) conference. This is the 11th such award the Capitals have won during the past four hockey seasons.

The award-winning in-game feature is titled, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that…” This video took a humorous look at what happens when a Caps fan takes a date to the game and is put through various humiliating circumstances, only to finally walk away when he finds out his date is a fan of the opposing team.  
More than 200 organizations are represented and more than 350 members attended the Los Angeles conference in early February. Members of IDEA can enter various categories, which then go through a judging process. Eventually the final vote is left up to the members themselves, as they judge their peers in areas such as creativity, originality, technical merit and execution.
“It is a real honor to be judged the best by your peers in a category that is seen on a regular basis,” said Capitals director of game operations Mark Tamar. “It’s also a tribute to the ownership of the Washington Capitals that we are allowed the freedom to create and produce features that stretch the genre of in-game entertainment.”
Game operations coordinator James Dowd and BASE Productions also contributed to the in-game feature.
IDEA was founded in 1982 and represents sports teams, public facilities, manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. IDEA encompasses all the branches of the sports entertainment and convention industries, including organizations from the NHL, NBA, NFL & NCAA as well as professional soccer, race tracks, convention centers, casinos and minor league sports teams.
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