Every year the Independent Games Festival highlights the games published by independent game developers during the Game Developers Conference. Hosted this year by Nina Freeman, the show takes the time to show just how the indie development community is pushing the entire gaming industry in terms of creativity, storytelling, unique gameplay, and so much more. The nominees of each different category truly brought something to the table that us gamers have seldom or never seen before.

Immediately following the Independent Games Festival are the Game Developers Choice Awards. The GDCA utilizes a panel of judges together with many members of the professional gaming community to nominate and vote for the games in each category. This year, the awards were hosted by Tim Schafer.

GDCA and IGF Awards

Below are the games nominated for each category. The winner of that category is listed in boldface. More information on IGF nominees can be found here, and information on GDCA can be found here.

Independent Games Festival:

GDCA and IGF Awards
Un Pas Fagile

Best Student Game:

  • Bamboo Heart
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • FAR: Lone Sails
  • Frog Climbers
  • Lily – Colors of Santa Luz
  • Un Pas Fagile

Excellence in Visual Art:

  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • Old Man’s Journey
  • She Remembered Caterpillars
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Virginia

Excellence in Audio:

GDCA and IGF Awards
GoNNER
  • Everything
  • GoNNER
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • The Flame in the Flood
  • Virginia

Nuovo Award:

  • Close
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Everything
  • Islands: Non-Places
  • Lieve Oma
  • Mu Cartographer
  • Oikospiel Book I
  • Virginia

Excellence in Design:

GDCA and IGF Awards
Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Duskers
  • Event[0]
  • Imbroglio
  • Overcooked
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse

Excellence in Narrative:

  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
  • Event[0]
  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • One Night Stand
  • Orwell
  • Virginia

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

GDCA and IGF Awards
Ladykiller in a Bind
  • Event[0]
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • Overcooked
  • Quadrilateral Cowboy
  • Stardew Valley

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Award:

  • Fear Sphere

Gaming for Everyone Award:

  • I, Hope
  • We Are Chicago

 

Game Developers Choice Awards:

Best Debut (Studio):

GDCA and IGF Awards
Firewatch
  • Campo Santo (Firewatch)
  • Heart Machine
  • Night School Studios
  • ConcernedApe
  • Drool

Best Audio:

  • Battlefield 1
  • DOOM
  • Inside
  • Overwatch
  • Thumper

Innovation Award:

  • Firewatch
  • Inside
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Pokémon Go
  • The Witness

Best Technology:

GDCA and IGF Awards
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Battlefield 1
  • DOOM
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best VR/AR Game:

  • Fantastic Contraption
  • Job Simplator: The 2050 Archives
  • Pokémon Go
  • Rez Infinite
  • Superhot VR

Best Visual Art:

  • Firewatch
  • Inside
  • Overwatch
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Narrative:

GDCA and IGF Awards
Job Simplator: The 2050 Archives
  • Firewatch
  • Inside
  • Oxenfree
  • The Last Guardian
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Design:

  • Dishonored 2
  • DOOM
  • Inside
  • Overwatch
  • The Witness

Best Mobile/Handheld Game:

  • Clash Royale
  • Pokémon Go
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • Reigns
  • Super Mario Run

Game of the Year:

GDCA and IGF Awards
Overwatch
  • Dishonored 2
  • Firewatch
  • Inside
  • Overwatch
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

The ceremony also recognized the following individuals:

 

 

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