The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association is an industry association that represents Australian and New Zealand companies in the video game industry, they recently announced who the finalists are for their Australian Game Developer Awards.
Entering its 20th year, the AGDA will celebrate the contributions of Australian game developers across 13 game categories as well as four personal studio awards. Over 40 games were presented to the judges for review, including mobile titles such as Wylde Flowers as well as Puzzle Quest 3.
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IGEA CEO Ron Curry commented on the Australian games industry saying that “Australia has recently received critical acclaim, with titles like Unpacking, The Oregon Trail, Wylde Flowers and Cult of the Lamb, testifying to the growth of Australia’s game development industry”.
The show’s 13 categories cover a range of areas within the industry ranging from excellence in storytelling, gameplay and technical design to games as a service and of course an overall game award from year. The show also has an Excellence in Mobile Games award with nominees Dream Hopper, Wylde Flowers, and Hot Lap League.
Other highlights of mobile are excellence in the in-progress games (games as a service) category, which features The Oregon Trail, It’s Literally Just Mowing, and Crash of Cars. The most nominated mobile game of the event comes from Studio Drydock with their farming simulation game Wylde Flowers which managed to get nominated in four categories, Excellence in Storytelling, Accessibility, Mobile Games and Game of the Year award.
The event will take place on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Daylight Time at Forum Melbourne and will also be streamed live on Twitch via the IGEA Twitch channel.
Last year we reported on some of the revenue figures generated by Australian game studios.