Video Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.
Tabletop Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.
Mobile Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a unique gaming experience on any handheld device.
Esports Game of the Year
Awarded to the online game with the best competitive scene, growth, and entertainment value.
Trending Game of the Year
Awarded to the game that consistently entertained and kept us watching on social platforms with its humor, stories, and more.
Fan Creation of the Year
Awarded to the most compelling fan-made piece of work across all games and platforms. This includes, but isn’t limited to, artwork, writing, videography, special effects, and more.
Excellence in Gameplay
Awarded to the game with the best gameplay mechanics.
Excellence in Art
Awarded to the game with the most expressive and creative artistic style.
Excellence in Animation
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding animation effects and graphics.
Excellence in Technical Achievement
Awarded to the game that pushed the capabilities of technology and programming.
Excellence in Visual Achievement
Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals.
Excellence in Narrative
Awarded to the game with the best storyline and dialogue.
Excellence in Design
Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept and best execution.
Excellence in SFX
Awarded to the game with the most outstanding and impactful sound effects.
Excellence in Musical Score
Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it progresses the narrative of the game.
Excellence in Multiplayer
Awarded to the game with the best player-to- player interaction experience.
Excellence in Convergence
Awarded to the game that excels in crossover to other entertainment mediums such as film, music, toys, animation, sports and more.
Most Memorable Character
Awarded to the best game character that left an overwhelming impression.
Most Promising New Intellectual Property
Awarded to a new property that risked creating something fresh and that excelled within its genre or category for the year.
Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game
Awarded to the game that was primarily produced via crowdfunding platforms and had excelled beyond the expectations set before it.
Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award
Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.
Gamer’s Voice: Single Player and Multiplayer Awards
Awarded to the top fan-favorite indie games found in the Indie Corner, as chosen by Gaming Expo attendees.