International Mobile Gaming Awards Continues To Celebrate Indies In Its 15th Year
  • International Mobile Gaming Awards Continues To Celebrate Indies In Its 15th Year

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  • Above: Maarten Noyons is the founder of the International Mobile Game Awards. Image Credit: IMGA

    It took a lot of vision in 2004 to appreciate mobile games as works of art that were worthy of an awards show. But in its 15th year, the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) has become a celebration of what has become the best games in the largest segment of the game business.

    The IMGA continues to celebrate indie games and lone artists who show great creativity in what was a $61.3 billion mobile game business in 2018, according to Nielsen’s SuperData market research division. Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA, looks back on the start of the IMGA as a time when mobile games had to earn a lot of respect.Even today, mobile games are routinely criticized by hardcore PC and console fans for not being “real games.” But Noyons believes that’s silly, like the people who look down on TV shows because they’re not as good as movies.

    At the recent Game Developers Conference, the IMGA honored a wide range of games such as Florence, which won a Grand Prix prize, Best Meaningful Play, and Excellence in Storytelling. The IMGA’s 15-member finalist jury came from around the world to judge the titles in Helsinki, Finland. They chose 16 winners from a short list of 153 nominees, which in turn were culled from nearly 800 submissions. All told, more than 250 jury members helped with the process, and 500 voted for the people’s choice category.




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