Backstage with the winners of the IGF and GDC Awards

The Unbiased Video games Pageant and Recreation Builders Selection Awards are the spotlight of GDC week. They each honor the most effective video games of the previous yr in two glamorous, again-to-again ceremonies in downtown San Francisco. This time round, Her Story took residence the IGF’s $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize, and The Witcher three nabbed the coveted Recreation of the Yr prize in the course of the GDC Awards.

Different winners throughout a variety of classes embrace Undertale, Ori and the Blind Forest, Rocket League and Life is Unusual. 9 members of the Women Make Video games program, which presents summer time camps designed to encourage younger ladies to interrupt into recreation creation, walked away with the ID@Xbox Rising Star award for his or her venture, The Gap Story.

We spoke with a number of the massive winners on-digital camera immediately after they acquired their awards, they usually had a lot to say (and rejoice).

A lineup of unbiased builders proper after their huge wins (plus, IGF host Nathan Vella):

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Backstage with the winners of the IGF and GDC Awards

Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story:

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Backstage with the winners of the IGF and GDC Awards

2016 IGF winners:

  • Excellence in Narrative ($three,000) – Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Excellence in Audio ($three,000) – Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Membership)
  • Excellence in Design ($three,000) – Maintain Speaking and No one Explodes (Metal Crate Video games)
  • Excellence in Visible Artwork ($three,000) – Oxenfree (Night time Faculty Studio)
  • ID@Xbox Rising Star Award – Women Make Video games, The Gap Story
  • Nuovo Award ($5,000) – Cibele (Star Maid Video games)
  • Greatest Scholar Recreation ($three,000) – Beglitched (Jennifer Jiao Hsia and Alec Thomson)
  • Viewers Award ($three,000) – Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000) – Her Story (Sam Barlow)

2016 GDCA winners:

  • Greatest Debut – Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
  • Greatest Audio – Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Your self Video games)
  • Innovation Award – Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Greatest Know-how – The Witcher three: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)
  • Greatest Visible Artwork – Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
  • Greatest Narrative – Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Greatest Design – Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Greatest Handheld/Cellular Recreation – Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Viewers Award – Life is Unusual (DONTNOD Leisure)
  • Recreation of the Yr – The Witcher three: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED)
  • Pioneer Award – Markus “Notch” Persson
  • Ambassador Award – Tracy Fullerton
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Todd Howard

Jessica is knowledgeable nerd, specializing in unbiased gaming, eSports and Harry Potter. She’s written for on-line retailers since 2008, with 4 years as Senior Reporter at Joystiq. She’s additionally a sci-fi novelist with a accomplished manuscript floating via the mysterious ether of potential publishers. Jessica graduated from ASU’s Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism in 2011 with a bachelor’s in journalism.