Train2Game News Guildford Games Awards

Today, Liquid Crimson and members of the Guildford Games Community announced that the Guildford.Games Awards, a brand new event sponsored by Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson, will take place as part of the inaugural Guildford.Games Festival on 29th June 2019.

  • The Guildford.Games Awards aim to reward, promote, and celebrate talented individuals and games companies located in Guildford, UK.
  • The awards will be a key highlight of the inaugural Guildford.Games Festival programme.
  • Sponsors are Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson.

As part of the recently announced inaugural Guildford.Games Festival, the Guildford.Games Awards will be a cultural celebration of the talented individuals and studios living and working in the Guildford postcode area, further cementing its reputation of being the ‘Hollywood of Games’.

Sponsored by Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson, the Guildford.Games Awards are now open via the website, with the deadline for nominations being 17th May 2019.

There are eight award categories that will focus on; Creativity, Collaboration, Community, Education, Innovation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Experience of the Year, as well as a Guildford Hero Award.

The Guildford.Games Awards Judges are hugely respected members of the Guildford Games Community, and will have the difficult task of whittling all the nominations down to 3 finalists per category, with winners being announced by hosts Lauren Carter (SEGA) and Kitty Powers (Magic Notion) on the night.

This year’s judges are:
Matt Webster – EA

Lorraine Ansell – Voice Artist and BAFTA Crew Games Member

Dan Thomas – Etch Play

Adele Cutting – Soundcuts

Chris Roberts – Stellar Entertainment

Matthew Wiggins – Mojiworks

Greg Howson – Supermassive

Richard Franke – Magic Notion

“We are delighted to be part of the biggest gaming hub in the UK, and the Guildford.Games Awards are a great way of shining a light on some of the amazing talents who work here.”

Sean Decker, Product Director at Wargaming UK

“Guildford is known as the Hollywood of Games, and Liquid Crimson is proud to be sponsoring and organising these awards which we want to feel as special as the Oscars! There will be free food from a pop-up kitchen South African BBQ, cocktails and local artesian drinks, plus music from the Bellefleurs. Most importantly, it will be a chance for all the people and companies in the area to unite in celebrating all the hard work they do and the fantastic games they make that are loved worldwide.”
Jason Lord, Founder of Liquid Crimson

More information is available at Guildford.Games/Awards

Train2Game News IMGA 15 Winners

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition.

In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.

The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.

The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.

We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.

Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:

Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC

Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND

Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK

Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY

Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN

Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN

Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN

Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47

Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA

Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND

Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN

People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA

Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN

Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.

Train2Game News Games Media Brit List

Simon Miller will once again be laying the smackdown as host of the second annual Games Media Brit List awards.

That’s right people, the games media legend, host of The Miller Report, pro wrestler and all-around badass will be keeping order at what will be the best night of the year if you work in, around or with the UK’s games media.

The Games Media Brit List will once again celebrate the very best in games writing and broadcasting on Thursday, May 16th 2019 at London’s Rix Mix.

Returning after a rip-roaring inaugural 2018 event, the Games Media Brit List awards are open to anyone involved in the games and esports media – specialist consumer journalists, B2B reporters, vloggers, media brands, national media reviewers and more.

Miller said: “It’s a pleasure to host the second-ever Games Media Brit List, especially as there was that one Tweet which said it would never last that long. Just goes to show you can never truly rely on social media.

“I do look forward to seeing the industry’s best (and Chris Bratt) gathered in one place, though, to give much-deserved credit to all those who work so hard and show so much passion for games. You’re only as young as you feel! That doesn’t really tie in. I just thought it would be a nice way to end a quote…”

The Games Media Brit List awards provide a showcase of UK games media talent and will highlight achievements from the previous 12 months – whether for excellent reporting, influencer reach, or creative ingenuity.

The nominations period closes on Friday, February 28th – for a full list of categories and to nominate click here: https://www.gamesmediabritlist.com/enter-the-awards

As well as the awards themselves, the Games Media Brit List will once again bring together the games media community and the wider industry for an evening of entertainment and networking in the buildup to E3, the global industry’s leading trade event in LA.

And for finalists, the Games Media Brit List will once again be completely free to attend.

Train2Game News Celebrating 10 Years of Angry Birds at IMGA

In 2018 the mobile games industry reached the legal age of 21 years.

Growing from zero to 53 Billion US$, according to Newzoo, mobile games popularity is a worldwide phenomenon.

One of the industry’s most spectacular success stories is Angry Birds, which is set to celebrate its official 10th birthday in December.

Today Rovio Entertainment and the International Mobile Games Awards (IMGA) announce that they will toast a decade of Angry Birds and the 15th anniversary of the IMGA.

In San Francisco, on 19th March, at an invitation-only event, the IMGA will announce the winners of the 15th IMGA. The ceremony will be followed by the After Party, themed around a 10th anniversary celebration of Angry Birds.

“10 years ago I played an early build of Angry Birds, a game which was immediately nominated for one of the Awards. I feel fortunate that we were one of the first to play the game before it became a worldwide success. Today I am proud that Rovio will celebrate the 10 years of their success with us.” Says Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA.

“For Rovio, this year is about celebrating an incredible decade while simultaneously looking toward a bright future,” says Ville Heijari, CMO of Rovio Entertainment. “We look forward to celebrating the state of the mobile games market with IMGA and raise a toast to its continuing growth.”

For more information visit http://www.imgawards.com/

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards Vote Open

The world’s largest public voted gaming awards today announces the shortlist for the ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ 2018.

You can vote for your favourite game from 1pm (British Standard Time) today at goldenjoysticks.com. The voting shortlist is only open for one week; so don’t forget to log your vote for the game that impressed you most this year.

Ultimate Game of the Year Shortlist:

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Activision)
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games)
  • Dead Cells (Motion Twin)
  • Dragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite Battle Royale (Epic Games)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games)
  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica)
  • Into The Breach (Subset Games)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
  • Subnautica (Unknown Worlds)

Daniel Dawkins, Global Editor In Chief at GamesRadar+ said: “There’s a great variety of games in this year’s Ultimate Game of the Year shortlist. We’re proud to present the spectacle of games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 alongside year-defining hits like Fortnite and indie successes like Dead Cells and Into The Breach.”

The Golden Joystick Awards presented with AMD will be held on November 16th in London and will be hosted by comedian Danny Wallace. The event and pre-show will be live streamed via the Golden Joystick Twitch Channel so you can follow all the action live on the night.

The event honours the people and products that have transformed the global games industry in 2018. The event features 24 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand.

To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joystick Awards presented with AMD follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game News International Mobile Gaming Awards submissions open

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) has now opened the call for submissions for their 15th annual Global edition.

What started in 2004 in Monte Carlo has now grown to be the largest competition for mobile games in the world, with additional region-specific events and competitions in China, Southeast Asia, and Middle East North Africa.

All mobile game makers, from indie developers to established studios, publishers, students and researchers from all countries are invited to enter their games into this year’s competition. Participants have until December 31, 2018, to submit their entries. The competition is free, and entrants may submit multiple games for consideration.

Following the deadline for submissions, an online judging panel will determine the shortlisted nominees who will then be revealed as the 15th IMGA Global finalists in February. This year’s winners will be determined by a panel of industry experts and revealed during the annual International Mobile Gaming Awards ceremony in San Francisco, at Minna Gallery on March 19, 2019.

Last year’s awarded games include Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh), Life is Strange (Dontnod), Tokaido (Funforge Digital), Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules) and many others.

“Mobile Gaming represents more than 50% of the games industry today,” says Maarten Noyons, IMGA’s CEO and founder. “More people play mobile games than PC and console games combined. At IMGA, we’re proud to be part of this industry. For almost 15 years, we have been celebrating the ever-increasing quality and stunning innovation of mobile games, and have witnessed huge advances over the years, from augmented reality to AAA-quality mobile productions. I’m already looking forward to what lays ahead for 2019, and which games we will be playing in our online and on-site judging sessions to come.”

The IMGA Global competition is also open to AR and VR games. Eligible games must be published in 2018 or have yet-to-be published and must be downloadable in a playable version.

Entrants from across the globe can submit their games for consideration on the official IMGA website.

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Award vote open

Voting is now live for the 36th Golden Joystick Awards presented with AMD.

The public can now cast their vote in sixteen different categories including ‘Most Wanted Game’, ‘PlayStation’, ‘Xbox’, ‘Nintendo’ and ‘Esports Game of the Year’ and new categories ‘Best Competitive Game’ and ‘Best Cooperative Game’.

Votes are cast at www.goldenjoysticks.com, with voting closing on Thursday 25th October. Every voter will receive a free ebook worth up to £15.99.

New for 2018 is a dedicated one-week voting window for ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ held at the end of the voting period. The voting for this category will now open on Friday 26th October and close on Friday 2nd November.

Dan Dawkins, editor in chief GamesRadar+ said: “We’re opening the vote later for ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ this year to give people more time to play the year’s biggest games before making their final decision. With so many big titles coming out in Autumn including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 it is important to make sure these games can be considered fully by gamers.”

Other category updates include ‘Best Competitive Game’ and ‘Best Cooperative Game’ which replace the ‘Best Multiplayer Game Award’ of previous years to better reflect how people play. Gaming phenomena, Fortnite: Battle Royale sits alongside well-established titles such as PES 2019 and FIFA 19 in ‘Best Competitive Game’. While the ‘Best Cooperative Game’ category includes titles such as Sea of Thieves, No Man’s Sky NEXT and Overcooked 2. This new category celebrates the cooperative side of gaming – a field that grows ever more diverse every year.

Leading the shortlist this year is God of War, a reinvention of one of the PlayStation’s most enduring flagship titles, and Gorogoa, a wordless hand drawn puzzle game, each with four nominations. Subnautica, an undersea survival game and Monster Hunter: World, a deep online RPG co-op game, follow with three nods apiece.

Dan Dawkins, continued: “Over 100 different games have made the shortlist this year. The variety of games nominated reflects the diversity of modern gaming and the awards themselves. The shortlisted games are a true mix of single player, online multiplayer, online competitive, F2P, indie, VR and classic console AAA titles.”

The critics choice award winners will be revealed on the night for ‘Critics Choice Award’, ‘Breakthrough’ award, ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award and new for 2018, ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award to celebrate the games, people or technology that has changed our industry for the better in 2018.

Categories open to vote:

  • Best Storytelling
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Audio
  • Best Indie Game
  • Best Competitive Game
  • Best Cooperative Game
  • Still Playing
  • Esports Game of the Year
  • Best VR Game
  • Studio of the Year
  • Mobile Game of the Year
  • Nintendo Game of the Year
  • PlayStation Game of the Year
  • PC Game of the Year
  • Xbox Game of the Year
  • Most Wanted Game

Viewers can tune into the Golden Joystick Awards livestream on Friday 16th November when the awards will return to London’s Bloomsbury Big Top for a spectacular ceremony hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.

To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joysticks follow Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards 2018

Gamers get ready – the ever popular Golden Joystick Awards will return this November.

Back for the 36th time, to celebrate everything that makes gaming great, the show will be presided over by comedian and previous host Danny Wallace, who will give out the gongs in more than 20 award categories.

Known as the ‘People’s Gaming Awards’, last year saw millions of votes cast globally, with hundreds of games battling it out to be the very best. This year will see the return of the hotly contested ‘Still Playing Award’, ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ and ‘Most Wanted Game’, and updated categories ‘Best Competitive Game’ and ‘Best Cooperative Game’. It’s all there for the taking, with the world’s gaming public deciding who goes home a winner.

Danny Wallace is back as host for the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards: “I’m delighted to be returning to the much-loved Golden Joysticks for a third year, because it means I won’t have to stay at home and pay for a party to celebrate the very best in gaming on my own, which is pointless and needlessly expensive. This has been a cracking year for gamers. Let’s find out who’s responsible and why…”

Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+ commented. “We’re working hard to make sure this is the best Golden Joysticks yet, with new and revamped categories designed to ensure that players have a chance to celebrate the games they loved most in 2018.”

Key dates to remember:

  • The Golden Joystick Award categories and shortlist will be announced on Friday 21st September, with public voting commencing that night.
  • The public vote closes on Thursday 25th October.
  • The Awards take place on Friday 16th November at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, the entire event will also be livestreamed.

To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joysticks follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game News Game Dev Heroes Awards

The heroes of the UK’s games development community will be honoured next month during the Develop Brighton conference.

You still have chance to nominate yourself, a colleague or peer for a Game Dev Heroes award – but act swiftly as the nomination period closes today (June 21st).

The Game Dev Heroes Awards [http://www.gamedevheroes.co] will take place on Tuesday July 10th at the Mesmerist [http://www.mesmerist.pub] from 5.30-8pm.

Awards up for grabs include:

• Programming
• Design
• Art
• Animation
• Sound
• Production
• QA
• Marketing & Community
• Diversity Champion
• Unsung Hero

An Outstanding Contribution Award will also be presented on the evening.

To nominate yourself, a member of staff, colleague or peer, visit http://www.gamedevheroes.co/nominations-2018/

The Game Dev Heroes Awards are the brainchild of industry veteran Alex Boucher. Sponsors include Aardvark Swift, Games Jobs Direct, Analog, Launchpad and Mimram Media.

The judging panel comprises leading names in the sector, including:-

Adam Campbell – Azoomee
Ben Sewell – Launchpad
Caroline Hinds – Creative England
Dana Ramnarine – Rhum
Ed Perkins – Square Enix
Eithne Metcalfe-Bliss – SEGA
Emma Purvey – Outplay
Emma Smith – Creative Assembly
Harinder Sangha – SEGA Hardlight
Lisa Carter – Mimram Media
Marie-Claire Isaaman – Women in Games
Marina Jonsdottir – Wargaming
Nick Duncombe – Playground Games
Simon Iwaniszak – Red Kite Games
Tamsin O’Luanaigh – nDreams
Thad – Boss Alien

If you would like to join the judging panel, email info@GameDevHeroes.co

“Game Dev Heroes is a new initiative to recognise and celebrate the work of the people behind the scenes of the games industry,” said Boucher. “Our industry is fantastic at bringing attention and accolades to studios and end products, and we want to extend the benefits to the creators, having their personal contributions celebrated more widely.

“We want these unsung heroes of the games industry, from veteran developers and resourceful support staff, to inspiring management and visionary role models, to be able to have their contributions recognised.”

To find out more, contact Alex@GameDevHeroes.co

Train2Game News Big Indie Awards 2017


Steel Media, the publisher of leading mobile gaming site Pocket Gamer, b2b portal PocketGamer.Biz and the popular PG Connects events series, has announced the launch of the brand new Big Indie Awards 2017 in association with indieSky.

Launched back in 2013, the Big Indie Pitch has rapidly grown into the definitive indie developer pitching competition and this year Steel Media has hosted 19 Big Indie Pitch events around the world for mobile, PC and VR developers.

Now the company is bringing that up to a round 20, with the first ever Big Indie Awards grand finale on November 21st 2017 in Shenzen, China. The awards are a chance for all independent mobile developers and small studios – including those who have pitched at a previous event and those who haven’t had the chance – to put their game forward for a chance of global recognition. With a prize fund worth over $25,000 and a paid trip to the awards ceremony itself, this is one competition that no indie dev can afford to miss out on.

All indie developers that have a mobile game project either in the works or released this year are welcome.

How does it work?

Developers are invited to submit their game by October 6 2017, at http://www.bigindieawards.com

After creating a longlist, a panel of expert judges including journalists, influencers and developers will rate each game to create a shortlist that will be announced to the world. The top three teams will then get the chance to spend a couple of days meeting Chinese companies and exploring the beautiful coastal city of Shenzhen, with all flights and accommodation paid. The competition builds to a climax with teams presenting their games on stage at a live awards ceremony in Shenzhen on November 21, when the final winners will be revealed!

Who can enter?

Any mobile indie developer who has a game released in 2017 or has one in production that’s scheduled to launch in the next six months can enter the competition.

All previously shortlisted Big Indie Pitch entrants since September 2016 will be fast-tracked onto the longlist.

What can you win?

There’s an array of prizes worth over $25,000 up for grabs, including $15,000 of marketing promotional spend on Steel Media’s many websites; tickets and expo tables at a Pocket Gamer Connects event worth $5,000; and $5,000 cash. Oh, and of course, paid trips to China including flight, accommodation and visa for at least the top three teams. Naturally, there’ll also be a fair amount of media coverage, an award trophy, and global adoration.

Who’s behind all this?

The Big Indie Awards 2017 are the latest grand plan from the Steel Media team (the firm behind Pocket Gamer, PG.Biz, PG Connects, the Global Connects Parties and of course the Big Indie Pitch itself), but it wouldn’t be possible without the support and love of the folks at indieSky.

Who is indieSky?

indieSky is iDreamSky’s indie platform for indie developers. iDreamSky has published hit titles such as Monument Valley, Subway Surfers, Temple Run series, Toy Blast, Horizon Chase, Gardenscapes and many others in China. indieSky’s aim is to partner with indie developers from all around the world to bring awesome games to gamers – the company slogan is, “We Publish Awesome Indie Games!” You can find out a lot more about at http://indie.idreamsky.com/

How to enter!

Think your game could win? Head to http://www.bigindieawards.com/ and a gameplay video so we can take a look. You’ll be notified if you’ve made the list. Terms and conditions apply, details on the website. Entries must be mobile games. Teams that enter will need at least one member with a valid passport who could travel to China on November 18–22, 2017.