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Please note:
Every game that is shortlisted by our judges will automatically be entered into our 'Game of the Year' category which will be open to a public vote.

We have categorized some of awards into 'small studio' or 'big studio' to recognize there are different budgets involved.

We have one special award, Person of the Year, which will be presented on the night. This is non-enterable and will be awarded to a TIGA member who has made an important contribution to the work of TIGA and to the industry.

Although our awards are focused on the UK games industry, TIGA has some non-UK members and some elements from entries may be from overseas; as such, ownership is not important, as the entry may be a studio of a US or European based company

Games »

MOST ENTRIES ARE OPEN TO THE INDUSTRY (BOTH TIGA MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS CAN ENTER) EXCEPT WHERE NOTED

  • Action/Adventure

    This award will be split into two individual awards – large studio and small studio.

    The judges are looking for:

    Games with a strong sense of action or adventure
    Strong visual design
    Thoughtful sound design
    Good game design
    Innovative use of platform functionality or cross platform functionality

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  • Arcade

    This award will be split into two individual awards – large studio and small studio.

    The judges are looking for:

    Games that fit within the classic arcade genre
    Strong visual design and identity
    Fitting use of platform functionality to support gameplay
    Exciting game design

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  • Casual

    This award will be split into two individual awards – large studio and small studio.

    The judges are looking for:

    Games that are popular, innovative and appealing in the casual genre
    Cross platform device usage that encourages casual gameplay
    Game design that draws the player to continue playing the game casually

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  • Social

    This award will be split into two individual awards – large studio and small studio.

    The judges are looking for:

    Games that are played socially or encourage social interaction between plays during gameplay
    Strong visual design and identity
    Fitting use of platform functionality to support gameplay
    Exciting game design

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  • Game with a purpose

    This award will be split into two individual awards – large studio and small studio.

    The judges are looking for:

    Games that are made with a strong purpose in mind – they combine both enjoyment and a purpose – advergames, charity or educational games or awareness raising
    Engaging gameplay
    Strong visual design and identity
    Exciting game design

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  • Diversity Award

    This award is open to TIGA members only.

    The judges are looking for:

    Diversity within the characters of the game, ie gender, age, socio-economic background, ethnicity, disability, religions
    Diversity within the development team backed up by company goals to be more inclusive

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  • Debut Game

    The judges are looking for:

    A strong debut game that demonstrates the skills and creativity of the new company at producing games
    Strong visual design and identity
    Fitting use of platform functionality to support gameplay
    Exciting game design

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  • Original Game

    The judges are looking for:

    Originality at its core – the judges want to be wowed by ideas or new creativity that has not been seen before
    Strong visual design and identity
    Exciting game design
    Use of new original IP for gameplay creation or gameplay

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  • Creative UK Gameplay Award

    This award is open to TIGA members only.

    The judges will be looking for evidence creative gameplay in the development of a video game carried out by a UK team (if the game is developed by several studios around the world then it will be necessary to show that the innovation was due to the UK team).

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  • TIGA Audio Design Award

    This award is open to TIGA members only.

    The judges are looking for:

    Creative audio design both in music, FX and in encouraging the progression of the game

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  • TIGA Visual Design Award

    This award is open to TIGA members only.

    The judges are looking for:

    Exciting, creative and gripping visual design that provides players with a gripping game experience

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Business of Games »

ENTRIES ARE ONLY OPEN TO TIGA MEMBERS

  • Leadership

    Leader who demonstrates excellent leadership skills, inspires team and demonstrates business, commercial and creative success for the last 12 months.

    The judges will be looking for evidence of a CEO/MD who
    Displays vision and commercial acumen
    Delivers tangible results
    Develops the effectiveness of his/her team

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    This award is proudly sponsored by
    Amiqus

  • Publisher

    The judges will be looking for evidence of an independent publisher that:

    Publishes great games
    Has a track record of commercial success
    Helps independent developers

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  • Independent Studio

    This award will be split into two individual awards – large studio and small studio representing the entire industry.

    The judges will be looking for evidence of an independent publisher that:

    Develops great games
    Has a track record of commercial success

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  • In-House Studio

    The judges will be looking for evidence of an in-house studio that:

    Develops great games
    Has a track record of commercial success

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  • Art Supplier

    Exceptional service provider that demonstrates business success, excellent customer service, and which makes demonstrable improvements to the quality of a games developer's content.

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Excellent art work
    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • Audio Supplier

    Exceptional service provider that demonstrates business success, excellent customer service, and which makes demonstrable improvements to the quality of a games developer's content.

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Excellent audio work (this can include voice over services)
    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • Animation Supplier

    Exceptional service provider for improvements to the quality of the game developer’s content and offering excellent customer service.

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Excellent animation work
    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • Recruitment Agency

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • Tax & Accountancy Firm

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Excellent accountancy work
    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • Service provider - Best Legal Services

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Excellent legal work
    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • Service provider - Best QA Provider

    The judges will be looking for the company to provide evidence of:

    Excellent QA work
    Sound business processes
    Excellent commercial results

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  • EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

    The judges will be looking for evidence of an educational institution that:

    Delivers high proportions of its students into graduate level jobs
    Has strong links with industry
    Has a track record in research and innovation
    Is world leading

    This award is kindly sponsored by:
    Abertay University

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  • Education Initiative & Talent Development

    The judges will be looking for evidence of an educational initiative that:

    Delivers high proportions of students into graduate level jobs or
    Builds effective links with industry or
    Advances innovation, knowledge and research or
    Evidence of a studio initiative that contributes to the future supply of good quality personnel available to work in the games industry e.g. the team making the game could have engaged with a school or run a hackathon with a university or group in order to promote learning

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  • Start-Up

    The judges will be looking for evidence of a start-up that:

    Has developed a great game or product or service
    Demonstrates sound business processes
    Encouraging commercial results

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  • Best Engines & Middleware, Tools & Tech

    The judges will be looking for evidence of technology (including motion capture) that:

    Enables developers to create higher quality games

    Helps developers work more efficiently

    Provides a cost-effective solution compared to the alternatives available

    Can be tailored to support development businesses of all sizes

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  • Technical Innovation Award

    The judges will be looking for evidence of technical innovation in the development of a video game carried out by a UK team (if the game is developed by several studios around the world then it will be necessary to show that the innovation was due to the UK team).

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  • UK Heritage Award

    The judges will be looking for evidence for a game that draws upon and promotes the UK’s heritage

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Special Awards »

  • Person of the Year

    We have one special award, Person of the Year, which will be presented on the night. This is non-enterable and will be awarded to a TIGA member who has made an important contribution to the work of TIGA and to the industry.

  • Game of the Year

    Best game over the last 12 months, voted by the public.

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