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The TIGA Games Industry Award Winners 2023 are Revealed

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The great and the good of the games sector were celebrated at the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2023 last night at the iconic Troxy London.

The TIGA Games Industry Awards were completely sold out, with over 350 industry VIPs attending to cheer the games, studios, universities and vital service support companies that have excelled over the past year.

Dlala Studios, along with publishing partner Disney Games, picked up the prestigious Game of the Year award for Disney Illusion Island. Dlala was also named Best Small Studio and Disney Illusion Island picked up the trophy for Best Social Game 2023.

ustwo games stepped on stage twice, winning the Diversity award, as well as Creativity in Games for Desta: The Memories Between.

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Sumo Digital was named Best Large Studio and the Sumo Group was also the debut winner of the Best Talent Development Initiative category.

Also new for 2023 was the Commitment to Workplace Wellbeing award, which was picked up by Playground Games. The studio’s HR Director, Geraldine Cross, meanwhile, was named Outstanding Individual of the Year.

Another new category, Commitment to ESG, was awarded to Rocksteady Studios while the Outstanding Leadership award was presented to John Tearle, Chief Executive Officer for Flix Interactive and Dovetail Games was named Employer of the Year.

The full list of TIGA Games Industry Awards 2023 winners are:

Best Arcade Game
MechHead – Staffordshire University

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Best QA and/or Localisation Provider
Testronic

Diversity Award
Desta: The Memories Between – ustwo games

Best Casual Game
PowerWash Simulator – Futurlab

Heritage in Games
878 AD: Winchester Revealed – Sugar Creative

Best Educational, Serious or Simulation Game
Planet Planners – BBC/Mobile Pie

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Best Technical Innovation
Speech Graphics

Best Role-Playing Game
Silverpoint: The Game – BBC/Jollywise

Best Audio Design
God of War Ragnarok – Sony Interactive Entertainment/Santa Monica Studio

Best Social Game
Disney Illusion Island – Disney Games/Dlala Studios

Best Action and Adventure Game
The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me – Supermassive Games

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Best AR/VR Game
Synapse – nDreams

Creativity in Games
Desta: The Memories Between – ustwo games

Best Small Studio
Dlala Studios

Best Puzzle Game
Love and Pies – Trailmix

Best Audio Services Provider
PitStop Productions

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Best Strategy Game
Starship Troopers: Terran Command – Slitherine Software UK

Best Legal Services Provider
Lewis Silkin LLP

Outstanding Leadership Award
John Tearle, Chief Executive Officer, Flix Interactive

Best Recruitment Agency
Amiqus

Best Art/Animation Trailer Supplier
TrailerFarm

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Best Publisher
Rebellion

Best Services Provider
Airship Interactive

Best Visual Design
Horizon Call of the Mountain – Sony Interactive Entertainment/Guerrilla

Best Education Initiative
Birmingham City University

Best Talent Development Initiative
Sumo Group

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Best Educational Institution
Norwich University of the Arts

Best Large Studio
Sumo Digital

Commitment to ESG 
Rocksteady Studios

Commitment to Workplace Wellbeing
Playground Games

Employer of the Year 2023
Dovetail Games

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Outstanding Individual of the Year 2023
Geraldine Cross, Human Resources Director, Playground Games

Game of the Year 2023
Disney Illusion Island – Disney Games/Dlala Studios

“Many congratulations to all the winners of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2023,” the Chief Executive Officer for TIGA, Dr Richard Wilson OBE, said. “As ever, it was wonderful to celebrate the creativity and commitment to excellence of the games studios, universities and associated companies who make the United Kingdom a great place to make games.

“Thank you to our finalists, judges and to all who joined us on the night. Finally, thank you to the TIGA team and to all our generous sponsors for enabling TIGA to promote, recognise and celebrate excellence through our awards.”

SpecialEffect was the Charity Partner for the TIGA Awards. This inspirational organisation transforms the lives of physically disabled people right across the world through the innovative use of technology.

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The TIGA Awards were made possible thanks to supporters of TIGA, the not-for-profit organisation. Sponsors included Rothschild & Co (Headline Sponsor), Toikido (After Show Party Sponsor), Sumo Group, Supermassive Games and Ubisoft (Gold Sponsors), Amiqus (Drinks Reception Sponsor), Abertay University, Airship Interactive, Dovetail Games, Hangar 13, Liquid Crimson, Invest Newcastle and Staffordshire University (Silver Sponsors), Birmingham City University, Bournemouth University, Eaton Smith LLP, Game Changers London, Kudos QA, Kwalee, London Games Festival, Outplay Entertainment, PTW, RSM UK, Stevens & Bolton LLP, Tazman Audio and Testronic (Bronze Sponsors).

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BetBlocker Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to the Prevention of Gambling Harm at NCPG Awards 2024

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BetBlocker Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to the Prevention of Gambling Harm at NCPG Awards 2024

 

BetBlocker received the prestigious Jim Wuelfing Annual Award for Prevention at this year’s National Council on Problem Gambling Awards on Friday the 19th of July, which was received by the charity’s Chief of Safer Gambling Partnerships, Pedro Romero.

The award, which was named after a famed trainer and advocate for the prevention of problem gambling in the United States, recognises people or organisations who have advocated for the inclusion of prevention strategies in the spectrum of problem gambling services, developed effective prevention programs and who have worked to help problem gambling prevention programs reached underserved and at-risk groups.

This award comes off of the back of years of work by the BetBlocker team to deliver an effect and free blocking software that can be used anonymously by anyone, anywhere in the world. As well as a traditional blocking software product, intended for use after a crisis, BetBlocker is the only blocking software to offer a Calendaring feature, allowing users to plan ahead and set the block to switch on during known periods of vulnerability.

Alongside these features, BetBlocker has translated its services into 6 non-English languages with many more to come, to help minority communities access support that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

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Founder of the charity, Duncan Garvie, had this to say about the award: “Recognition of BetBlocker’s work within the problem gambling space by the NCPG, one of the most influential voices within the sector, is amongst the highest possible accolades our organisation could receive.

I speak for the entire BetBlocker team when I say how deeply honoured we are to receive this award.”

Pedro Romero added the following: “It was incredibly humbling at the NCPG conference this year to speak to so many of the harm minimisation organisation in the USA that are already referring there service users to BetBlocker. Running an anonymous service and we don’t interact with our used frequently it’s easy to lose sight of just how many people are positively impacted by the support we offer.”

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AGS Named Rising Star in Casino at SBC Awards North America

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The fourth edition of the SBC Awards North America, the leading igaming and sports betting event in North America, was hosted in New York City on May 9. The SBC Awards North America recognizes the achievements of operators, affiliates, and suppliers from all the major disciplines including payments, marketing, platform providers, and data. With 600 guests attending the event, the fourth edition of SBC Awards North America celebrates the companies surviving and thriving in 2024.

Among 29 awards recognized, AGS secured the gold award for “Rising Star in Casino” in the Supplier category.

AGS may have been best known for its work in the land-based casino space, but since 2022 a new approach via AGSi, its interactive arm, has seen the company become one of the fastest-growing iGaming content studios in North America. High-performing titles, including Mega Diamond, consistently see AGSi games rank at the top of independent reports evaluating the top-ranking new games in states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.

In addition, AGS was awarded silver for “Employer of the Year” in the Operators and Suppliers category.

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Zitro Wins EKG Top Performing Game – Latin America Award with Epic Kingdom

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Zitro is proud to announce its recent win of the EKG Top Performing Game – Latin America award for Epic Kingdom. This prestigious recognition reaffirms Zitro’s position as key player in the Latin American gaming scene, further corroborated by the LatAm Game Performance Report 2024 by Eilers & Krejcik – Fantini, which positioned Epic Kingdom as the number-one performing game in the region.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this award and see Epic Kingdom recognized as the number-one performing game in Latin America,” the founder of Zitro, Johnny Viveiros Ortiz, said. “This win is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team and it reinforces our commitment to developing innovative and engaging games that resonate with players across the region. I also want to express my gratitude to all our clients in Latin America, who support us not only by purchasing our products but also with their affection, knowing that we stand by them.”

Zitro’s remarkable success in Latin America can be attributed to several key factors including the consistent high quality and appeal of Zitro’s game offerings, which have contributed significantly to its long-standing positive reputation. This, coupled with its dedication to building strong relationships with its clients in Latin America, has positioned Zitro as a trusted leader in the region’s gaming market. This dedication is further underscored by the recent reception of the EKG Top Performing Game award, which solidifies the company’s position as the leading supplier in the market.

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