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.

Train2Game News GDC Awards 2017

Blizzard Entertainment’s popular and stylish multiplayer shooter, Overwatch, was honored with the prize for Game of the Year at tonight’s 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) ceremony during the 2017 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Overwatch’s carefully calibrated balance and polished gameplay mechanics also earned the game the award for Best Design. An archive of the award ceremony, as well as the full presentation of the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF Awards), can be viewed at http://twitch.tv/gdc.

Developer Playdead’s beautifully macabre and engrossing platformer, Inside, also earned two awards in total, for Best Audio and Best Visual Art. The awards reflect the strong artistry of the title, which depicts a dark conspiracy using a stark visual motif with foreboding lighting and haunting animation. Developer Campo Santo’s compelling first-person adventure game, Firewatch, was the final double award-winner of the night, earning the team the awards for Best Debut and Best Narrative. The game, which features the voice talent of Mad Men’s Rich Sommer, portrays a deeply engrossing tale that enwraps the player in a branching script filled with mystery, suspense, humor and longing.
The full slate of winners at tonight’s ceremony also includes the augmented reality (AR) game Pokemon Go by Niantic, which became a worldwide sensation and earned the award for Best Mobile/Handheld Game. The massively ambitious, procedurally-generated universe of No Man’s Sky earned developer Hello Games the Innovation Award, while the grandiose production and graphics in Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End earned that title the award for Best Technology. The charmingly off-kilter virtual reality (VR) game, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives, received the award for Best VR/AR Game. The Audience Award is chosen among the entire selection of GDCA finalists using a public online voting process, and was presented to developer EA DICE for Battlefield 1.
The Game Developers Choice Awards honor the very best games of the year, and was created for and voted on by developers. Winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only group comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry.
Every year, the Game Developers Choice Awards also recognize developers who have made significant contributions to the art, science and craft of video games with three special awards. This year, the Pioneer Award was given to Jordan Mechner, the game designer, programmer and screenwriter best known for creating the landmark series, Prince of Persia.
The Ambassador Award, which recognizes those whose actions have helped video games to “advance to a better place,” went to Mark DeLoura, for dedicating his life to the education and the productive use of technology within academia, the media and videogames, holding roles that include Senior Advisor for Digital Media during the Obama administration.
The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, and the creator of seminal game/creation tool ZZT and the influential Unreal Engine. Following the 1998 PC game Unreal, which Sweeney co-created, the game’s engine became the underpinning for a slew of acclaimed games, including Epic’s own Gears of War and Unreal franchises, as well as the BioShock series, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and the Batman: Arkham series of games.
“This year’s amazing slate of winners is a testament to the diversity of experiences in games. Pokemon Go took gaming outdoors using AR, while Job Simulator showed how lo-fi aesthetics could meet cutting edge tech for a winning VR experience. Overwatch once again proved Blizzard’s uncanny ability to make a perfectly balanced multiplayer game, and Inside delved deep into our dark psyches to unearth our scariest nightmares,” said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference. “These nominees speak to the strength of games as a medium, but also show the various textures and possible creative outlets that interactive entertainment can provide. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees for following their visions and thanks to all developers who strive to make amazing games for us day in and day out.”
The Game Developers Choice Awards winners are:

Best Audio

Inside (Playdead)

Best Debut

Campo Santo (Firewatch)

Best Design

Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Innovation Award

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Narrative

Firewatch (Campo Santo)

Best Technology

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog)

Best Visual Art

Inside (Playdead)

Best VR/AR Game

Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)

Audience Award

Battlefield 1 (EA DICE)

Game of the Year
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Pioneer Award
Jordan Mechner

Ambassador Award

Mark DeLoura

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tim Sweeney
For more information about the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, please visit the official website at http://www.gamechoiceawards.com . For information about the 2017 Game Developep official website at http://www.gdconf.com.

Train2Game News 17th GDC Awards

Organizers of the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer recognition celebrating the industry’s top games, studios and developers, will recognize Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and creator of ZZT, Unreal and Unreal Engine, with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 
Sweeney will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 6:30pm at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference, and in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival (IGF). The ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2017 pass-holders and will be livestreamed on the GDC’s official Twitch channel at www.twitch.tv/gdc

Sweeney founded seminal shareware game publisher Epic MegaGames in 1991, and the release of its first product, ZZT, led to an explosion of user-created worlds. ZZT has become so beloved as a game/application that it recently led to a full-length book dissection – in the Boss Fight Books series – of the games and culture it created. An expanded Epic MegaGames also released titles such as Jazz Jackrabbit, Epic Pinball and Tyrian in the ‘90s as a leader in the PC shareware space.

While serving as the founder and CEO of a renamed Epic, Sweeney was the main architect of the first-generation Unreal Engine. This game engine was originally created for the 1998 PC game Unreal. But it became the underpinning for a slew of acclaimed games, initially in the Unreal franchise and increasingly licensed outside of Epic, including the BioShock series, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, Assassin’s Creed, and the Batman: Arkham series.

Sweeney also worked to make the Unreal Engine extensible via UnrealScript, a spiritual successor to his object-oriented scripting language for ZZT. This simple way for non-coders to get complex creations made easily led to extensive and creative player modding of games – one of the earliest blossoming of user-generated content. 

But it also led to easier adaptations of the engine – which has now had four major iterations – to other games. These include Epic’s own titles such as Gears of War, Paragon and Fortnite, as well as notable independently created games such as Rocket League, Abz û, Astroneer and ARK: Survival Evolved. The engine is now being adapted by non-game development teams across the automotive, aviation, architecture, VR/AR, complex data visualization and film sectors.

Sweeney joins the roster of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients which includes Todd Howard, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Ken Kutaragi, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk and Peter Molyneux, among others.

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award are chosen by the Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, which includes notable game industry leaders such as Mark Cerny (Cerny Games), Doug Lombardi (Valve), Angie Smets (Guerrilla Games), Amir Rao (Supergiant Games) and Jade Raymond (Electronic Arts).

For more information about the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, visit: http://www.gamechoiceawards.com/ 

Train2game News Pocket Gamer Top 50 Finalists

image

The complete Pocket Gamer Top 50 finalists have now been announced and the list is available to view on the PocketGamer.biz website.

Developers including: Rovio Entertainment, Space Ape Games, Next Games and Wargaming have used the opportunity to discuss why the accolades are so important and to thank Pocket Gamer.biz for the recognition.

PocketGamer.biz and Developers are available for comment.

The full list including the top ten can be viewed here
http://www.pocketgamer.biz/list/62773/top-50-mobile-game-developers-of-2016/

Or view the video of the Top 50 here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZGrLovn2E4

The PocketGamer.biz Awards are in there 7th year and continue to demonstrate just how global and dynamic the mobile game industry is, with representatives in the top ten from the Nordics, Europe, Asia and the US. These awards are incredibly important in being visible in the global market place and to the wider games industry. Interestingly five in the top ten are Asian.

Some developers have found that they are appearing for the first time, showing how much can change in a year in the mobile games industry. But some are appearing for years running, demonstrating they’ve cracked this very challenging market.

Jon Jordan, PocketGamer.biz, said:
‘A number of factors go into the decision of winners: Financial is key, but the criteria also includes wider issues: is a company successfully operating in different global regions (or just one); across many – and/or different – platforms; running a single big title or experimenting with different genres and themes; and looking to expand?’

‘We also take into account a company’s soft power: how does it present itself to players and the industry at large and we love to reward ambitious startups who are attempting to innovate and shake up the entire market.’

‘But, let’s be clear. The lodestone running throughout our entire process is the quality of each developer’s game(s). For, not only is this list an attempt to gauge the top developers over the past 12 months, it’s also the attempt to highlight those who will be making the headlines over the year.’

‘And the quality of a company’s mobile games is – in my opinion – the best (if not the only) measure of this.’

Saara Bergström, CMO, Next Games
‘2015 was an awesome year for Next Games with our two first game launches. Our unique collaboration with AMC, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land has been well-received among the TV show fans and has fared tremendously well on the store charts. We have plenty of big surprises in store for 2016 and can’t wait to get them out into our players’ hands!’

Chris Akhavan, Glu Mobile
‘We’re delighted Glu has made the PG.biz Top 50 2016 list! It’s great to see Pocket Gamer continuing to recognize talent across the industry. Our inclusion is a testament to the hard work of our studio teams over the past year.  We’d also like to congratulate the other Top 50 finalists.’

Wilhelm That, Rovio Entertainment
‘Fabulous to be recognised amongst the best of the best! Honoured!’

Simon Hade, Space Ape Games
‘Thanks Pocket Gamer! We are honored to be included in the Top 50; we are dedicated to keep making games we are passionate about.’

Antoine Morcos, Ketchapp
‘We’re very pleased to be included in the Top 50 list this year, and humbly accept this recognition, on behalf of the developers we work with, as a reflection of their beautiful work.’

Sean Lee, Wargaming
‘Wargaming is honored and delighted to be included on this year’s PG.biz Top 50 list. To make every Player happy is our vision as a company, and we promise to continue to deliver even more happiness to our Players around the world.’

Maxim Petrov, CPO, ZeptoLab
‘2015 was a really important year for us: we successfully launched our first free-to-play title outside Cut the Rope franchise — King of Thieves — and it became a real hit. This was a result of two years of hard work on searching an innovative core gameplay, but we finally proved that we are not a one-hit game studio. Moreover, we didn’t forget about Cut the Rope either: by releasing a new game called Cut the Rope: Magic, we grew the series’ installs up to 800 million. We are glad that PG.biz noticed all these facts and included us into its Top 50 rating.’

Tom van Dam, Head of Mobile Business Development, NetEase
‘We’re all enormously proud to have been included in the PocketGamer.biz Top 50 Developers List and honoured to be listed among such esteemed fellow developers. It’s a happy recognition of the hard work and dedication put in by a huge number of people across NetEase, all talented and creative individuals, as well as a reflection of our loyal gaming community the world over. With the massive success of Fantasy Westward Journey and other new mobile games, it’s been a hugely productive year for us. And there is much more to come!’

Ben Liu, Pocket Gems
‘We’re honored to be counted as one of the world’s top developers by Pocket Gamer. Mobile games have come a long way in recent years and we believe we can build on our pioneering history to make something truly great. With new advancements in technology, developers exploring different concepts, and greater player interest, there’s never been a more exciting time to be making mobile games.’

Train2game News GDC Awards

image

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the mature and expansive open-world fantasy role-playing game from developer CD Projekt RED, was honored with the Game of the Year award at tonight’s 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) ceremony during the 2016 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The acclaimed title also received the award for Best Technology for its complex game engine that combines brilliant visuals with a huge game world. An archive of the award ceremony, as well as the full presentation of the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF Awards), can be viewed at http://twitch.tv/gdc

Her Story, the interactive crime fiction game from independent game developer Sam Barlow, earned the most awards of any nominee tonight, taking home the awards for Innovation, Best Narrative and Best Handheld/Mobile Game. Starring actress/musician Viva Seifert, the game cleverly combines taped confessions and a simple computer interface to engage players in a compelling murder investigation. Earlier this evening, the game also received the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and Excellence in Narrative awards at the 18th Annual IGF Awards, the sister event that celebrates the best independent game development, which immediately preceded the GDCA ceremony.

Ori and the Blind Forest by developer Moon Studios earned two Choice Awards, for Best Debut and Best Visual Art. Ori and the Blind Forest is an action platformer set against a visually stunning hand-painted world and offers players a deeply emotional story about love, sacrifice and hope.

Other winners tonight included Rocket League, the wildly fun and deeply competitive soccer-meets-rocket cars title, which earned developer Psyonix the award for Best Design. The Audience Award, which is chosen from among all of the GDCA finalists through a public online voting process, was presented to developer DONTNOD Entertainment for Life is Strange, the captivating coming-of-age tale told in five episodic installments. The title puts players in control of Maxine Caulfield, a teenage girl with mysterious powers, and forces them to make and reckon with moral decisions and their sometimes wonderful, sometimes terrible consequences. The honor of Best Audio was earned by the Crypt of the NecroDancer from developer Brace Yourself Games, which uniquely blends action, role-playing, and rhythm games, challenging players to explore dungeons and battle monsters to the bumping rhythms of Danny Baranowsky’s eclectic metal/electro/dance soundtrack.

The Game Developers Choice Awards honor the very best games of the year, and was created for and voted on by developers. Winners are selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), which is an invitation-only group comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry.

Every year, the Game Developers Choice Awards also recognize developers who have made significant contributions to the art, science and craft of video games with three special awards. This year, the Pioneer Award was given to Markus “Notch” Persson, the famed creator of the multiple GDCA and IGF Award-winning indie sandbox title, Minecraft. The game, which has sold more than 70 million copies over multiple platforms, has revolutionized the sandbox game genre and helped cement the role of video games in stimulating creativity and ingenuity as well as rewarding skill.

The Ambassador Award, which recognizes those whose actions have helped video games to “advance to a better place,” went to Tracy Fullerton, professor and director of the University of Southern California (USC) Games program, and leader of the Game Innovation Lab. Fullerton has been instrumental in the creation of influential independent games that include Cloud, fl0w, Darfur is Dying, The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom and The Night Journey, with artist Bill Viola.

The Lifetime Achievement award was bestowed upon Todd Howard, the distinguished creative director, designer and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios. Todd Howard’s work on the acclaimed Fallout and Elder Scrolls series of open-world games has helped define an entire genre of games with deeply enthralling worlds with virtually endless opportunities for adventure and discovery.

“The world of video games can include every imaginable and unimaginable experience, from the vast world of The Witcher 3, to the intimate interrogations in Her Story, and the Choice Awards have evolved to honor this diversity of titles,” said Meggan Scavio, General Manager of the Game Developers Conference. “All of these winning and nominated titles have expanded what we think what games can be, how to maturely handle story, and how to make games that are ridiculously fun. I’m excited to see all of these wonderful developers recognized for their amazing contributions, and I congratulate all of this year’s winners and nominees.”

The Game Developers Choice Awards winners are:

Best Debut
Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)

Best Audio
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Innovation Award
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Technology
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Best Visual Art
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)

Best Narrative
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Design
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Audience Award
Life is Strange (DONTNOD Entertainment)

Game of the Year
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)

Pioneer Award
Markus “Notch” Persson

Ambassador Award
Tracy Fullerton

Lifetime Achievement Award
Todd Howard

For more information about the 16th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, please visit the official website at http://www.gamechoiceawards.com . For information about the 2016 Game Developers Conference, please visit the official website at http://www.gdconf.com .