Last year the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) launched a virtual reality (VR) category for it’s 13th event in response to the fast growing industry. Entries are open for the 14th, 2017 awards, with the IMGA keen to see more VR and augmented reality (AR) nominations, with the closing date being 31st December 2017.
The IMGA invites all game makers – whether that’s indie developers, studios, publishers, students and researchers – from across the world to enter their videogame, completely free. Eligible titles must have been published in 2017 or have yet to be published, and must be downloadable in a playable version.
The awards are split into the following categories:
- Grand Prix – For the video game that is the most visionary
- People’s Choice Awards
- Jury’s Honourable Mention
- Best VR Game
- Best Meaningful Play
- Best Multiplayer Game
- Best Quickplay Game
- Best Technical Achievement
- Best Upcoming Game
- Excellence in Audio
- Excellence in Audio, Visual Art & Design
- Excellence in Gameplay
- Excellence in Innovation
- Excellence in Storytelling
- Guilty Pleasure
“For the 14th year running, the IMGA will highlight the top achievements in the gaming world. As usual with its two-round unique judging session, the competition will give big studios and indie developers an equal chance of winning the Grand Prix. We can’t wait to discover the best games of the year!” said Maarten Noyons, IMGA’s CEO and founder in a statement. “Moreover the talent and creativity of a woman or a man will be honoured by the Game Artist of 2017 Award, a new category that was launched last year.”
After an online judging selection to determine the shortlisted nominees, the 14th IMGA Global finalists will be announced in February. The winners will be revealed during the award show in San Francisco on 20th March, 2018, which will be taking place at the same time as the Game Developers Conference (GDC). Last year’s Grand Prix winner was the worldwide hit Pokémon GO by Niantic.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of IMGA 2017, reporting back when the nominees and winners are announced.