Gamer's Voice Awards

The Gamer’s Voice Awards brings together dozens of the best independent games for thousands of fans and professionals to enjoy at SXSW Gaming.

Gamer's Voice: Tabletop Game Winner: Sol: Last Days of a Star, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Ismael Quintanilla

Gamer's Voice: Tabletop Game Winner: Sol: Last Days of a Star, SXSW Gaming 2018 - Photo by Ismael Quintanilla

About Gamer's Voice Awards


The Gamer’s Voice Award began in 2013 as a way to bring the best in indie game development to the world’s stage at SXSW. Now in its sixth year the Gamer’s Voice Award, presented during the SXSW Gaming Awards, has grown to become one of the largest, and most impactful, experiences for hundreds of indie developers and teams throughout the gaming industry. With past successes including titles such as SUPERHOT, Gang Beasts, Tiny Bubbles, Sol: Last Days of a Star, and Owlboy, this key part of the SXSW Gaming festival has become a great opportunity to facilitate growth in both budding and completed indie projects.

If you’re developing a new game title, and you’re eager to put it in the hands of thousands of gamers and industry professionals, then look no further than the Gamer’s Voice Awards.

2019 Gamer’s Voice Awards Categories

Video Game – Open to any multiplayer or single player video game that can be played on a PC or console.

Virtual Reality Game – Open to any virtual reality game accessible across Vive, Oculus, PSVR, or mobile VR devices.

Tabletop Game – Open to all tabletop, RPG, and board games that are either multiplayer or single player.

Mobile Game – Open to any mobile game that can be played on Android, iOS, or handheld device.

2019 SXSW Gaming Gamer’s Voice Awards Participants


Gamer’s Voice: Mobile Game

Nishan Shaman – NEXT Studios / Tencent Mobile International Ltd
Oddmar – MobGe LTD
WINNER: Pico Tanks: Multiplayer Mayhem – Panda Arcade
Tap! Tap! Kingdom – Vixa Games
Merchant – Retora Games
FRACTER – 4L Games

Gamer’s Voice: Tabletop Game

Feudum – Odd Bird Games
Side Effects – Pillbox Games
Space Park – Keymaster Games
WINNER: Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down – King Racoon Games
Dialect: A Game About Language and How It Dies – Thorny Games
Unbroken – Golden Bell Studios & Altema Games

Gamer’s Voice: Video Game

60 Parsecs! – Robot Gentleman
WINNER: Astroneer – System Era Softworks
Fantasy Strike – Sirlin Games
Felix the Reaper – Kong Orange
Katana ZERO – Askiisoft LLC / Devolver Digital
Joggernauts – Space Mace
Sword Legacy Omen – Firecast Studio / Fableware Narrative Design / Team17 Digital Ltd
The Crown of Leaves – The Broken Horn
The Gardens Between – The Voxel Agents
The World Next Door – Rose City Games / VIZ Media
Thunder Rally – Typical Entertainment
Unheard – NEXT Studios
Vectronom – Ludopium
WHAT THE GOLF? – Triband
Zarvot – Snowhydra
Mech League SMASH – VRGEN

Gamer’s Voice: Virtual Reality

WINNER: Intruders: Hide & Seek – DAEDALIC Entertainment GmbH
MARE – Visiontrick Media
Twilight Path – Charm Games

Voting Process – How YOU Can Help These Titles Win During SXSW Gaming

Vote onsite at the Indie Corner in the SXSW Gaming Expo for your favorite Gamer’s Voice nominee to determine which of our carefully curated games will win the coveted title of Gamer’s Voice Award Winner at the SXSW Gaming Awards.

The SXSW Gaming Expo and SXSW Gaming Awards Ceremony are open to all SXSW badges and Gaming Wristbands.

Entry & Judging Process


The Gamer’s Voice Awards were open for all entries from Monday, June 25 – Friday, December 7. The Gamer’s Voice Awards applications were unique from the primary Gaming Awards categories as only indie developers and teams with titles released (or slated to be released) in either the 2018 or 2019 calendar years could qualify for consideration.

Nominees for the Gamer’s Voice Awards, as selected exclusively by the SXSW Gaming staff who play every entry, receive an exclusive space in the Indie Corner on the SXSW Gaming Expo floor to exhibit their nominated title. From there, Gaming Expo attendees will have the chance to play each nominated title and vote to determine the winner of each award, which will be announced during the Gaming Awards ceremony at SXSW Gaming 2019.

For more information on other Gaming Awards categories, please visit the Gaming Awards homepage.

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