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LOTR Online: New Dev Diary Video & Turbine Announces Multiple Awards

January 15, 2009 at 3:22 pm by xoanon  - 

Today, Turbine unveiled a new developer diary video for The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria, in which Executive Producer Jeffrey Steefel discusses the new Legendary Items System recently added to the game with this latest expansion.

In addition, Turbine has issued a press release announcing that The Lord of the Rings Online was named “Best Overall Game of 2008” in’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In addition, Mines of Moria was named “Best New Expansion of 2008” and Turbine was named “Favorite MMO Studio of 2008.” (see press release below).



Mines of Moria™ Named Best New Expansion and Turbine Named Favorite MMO Studio

WESTWOOD, MA – January 14, 2009 – Turbine, Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online™ was named “Best Overall Game” in the 2008 Reader’s Choice Awards. In addition, Mines of Moria™, the first expansion for the popular massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG), was named “Best Expansion” and Turbine was voted “Favorite MMO Studio,” securing 46% of votes over nominees including Blizzard, CCP, and Mythic Entertainment. is a leading website dedicated to providing news and features to the MMORPG community.

“We are honored that our studio has received this special recognition and we want to thank the readers of,” said Jim Crowley, president and CEO of Turbine, Inc. “Given the competitive launches that took place this year, we are especially grateful for the awards they extended to The Lord of the Rings Online which has firmly established itself as one of the world’s premium MMOs. While we accomplished a lot in 2008 we have a lot more in store for 2009 that we look forward to sharing with players.”

“It isn’t difficult to see why our readers chose Turbine by a landslide in the Favorite MMO Studio category,” said Jon Wood, Managing Editor of “Turbine continues to impress us with top-notch releases and a reputation for releasing a great deal of quality content to subscribers and we are happy to join our readers in congratulating them on their achievements.”

Results, editorial commentary and additional information about category requirements can be found at:

Favorite MMO Studio
Best Overall Game
Best Expansion

The Lord of the Rings Online is the ultimate interactive adventure. Join Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo, and many other characters in the war against the Dark Lord Sauron to save Middle-earth! This award-winning MMORPG recently expanded with the critically acclaimed launch of Mines of Moria where players can adventure into one of the largest and most dangerous online underground environments ever created while extending the challenge to new heights with two new classes, ten additional levels and hundreds of new quests including a faceoff with the Watcher, the Balrog and more. The Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria is available for purchase across North America and Europe. For more information, please visit

About Turbine

Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator, operator and publisher of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is one of the largest privately-held online gaming studios in North America and was recently chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the OnHollywood 100 Top Private Companies, a power list of the top private emerging technology companies in digital entertainment and media. Turbine has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online™ and Asheron’s Call®. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit

About Tolkien Enterprises

The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises is the holder of worldwide motion picture, legitimate stage, merchandising, and other rights in J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary works The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Tolkien Enterprises has been producing and licensing films, stage productions and merchandise based on Tolkien’s works for more than 30 years. Its headquarters are in Berkeley, California, and its website may be found at

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