TIGA Launches New Awards To Celebrate Excellence in The Games Industry

Deadline for Entries is 8 October 

TIGA, the trade association representing the UK games industry, has today launched itsindustry awards. The TIGA Awards are designed to celebrate creative and technical excellence and to commend business proficiency in the games industry.

Entry is free for both members and non-members and entrants should go to http://awards.tiga.org for more details.

The TIGA Games Industry 2012 awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 1st November as part of the ExPlay Festival at the Bath Assembly Rooms.

There are 23 award categories in total, in a hybrid system where ‘Games Categories’ are open to the entire industry and ‘Business of Games’ are open for entry exclusively for TIGA members. Categories include three special awards: ‘Game of the Year’, ‘Person of the Year’ and ‘Friend of the Sector’.

The award categories:

Games Categories open to the industry (both TIGA members and non-members can enter):
Student Game
Debut Game
Visual Design
Game Design
Audio Design
Marketing Campaign
Tools and technology

Five of the above ‘Games Categories’ are specifically designed to recognise the achievements of both small and larger studios:

Business of Games Categories(open to TIGA members only)
New Business Idea
Service Provider
Creative Knowledge
Transfer Start-up

Special Awards
Game of The Year
Person of the Year
Friend of the Sector

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO of TIGA, said:
“TIGA is the organisation for developers and digital publishers. So the TIGA Awards are designed to celebrate creative and technical excellence and to commend business proficiency in the games industry.

“Our ‘Games Categories’ are open to all and free to enter. They provide an opportunity to highlight the current achievements of our industry and to applaud promising start-ups, debut games and students.

“TIGA wants to ensure that the achievements of smaller studios are recognised. For this reason, five of our ‘Games Categories’ will make awards to both small and larger studios.”

“TIGA’s success as an organisation depends on the commitment and expertise of our members. We have therefore introduced ‘Business of Games Categories’ to salute the achievements of our members and to encourage business excellence.

“The TIGA Awards offer a wonderful opportunity to celebrate industry success and we are delighted to be hosting our Awards at the excellent ExPlay festival in Bath.”

Jason Kingsley, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director at Rebellion, said:

“TIGA was set up by games developers many years ago when there was no representation for our development community. At TIGA we aim to champion and strengthen the UK games industry as a whole. The TIGA Awards celebrate excellence in our ever changing industry and encourage future talent. The ‘Business of Games Categories’ reward TIGA members and recognise high performance businesses.

“TIGA is a not for profit organisation and is committed to supporting organisations and causes that assist young and vulnerable people. Our charity partner for this event is SpecialEffect, which is dedicated to helping ALL young people with disabilities to enjoy computer games.”

Ella Romanos, CEO, Remode Studios, and TIGA board member, said:

“We are lucky to have an incredibly talented set of developers in the UK that continue to make the British games industry grow and grow. It is important that we celebrate and support all our developers and publishers, which is why we are so excited to be hosting the first TIGA Awards at this year’s ExPlay Festival in Bath.”

Korash Sanjideh, ExPlay festival director, said:

“The TIGA Awards will help celebrate and promote the most creative and far-reaching developers and publishers in the UK. It is with great pride that we are looking forward to the awards taking place at the second ExPlay festival in Bath this November.”

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