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A CELEBRATION OF ALBERTA GAMING

Doesn't matter how you play, just THAT you play! Board, Video, Social, or Role-Playing let us celebrate our diverse and exciting gaming culture. We will be honoring the Gamers that play the games we love, the Gamers that ban together to make an impact on our communities and events, the Gamers that are up and coming, and the Gamers that design the games we play today.

Join us at the second annual celebration as we award the amazing Alberta game creators and developers: Board, Role-Playing, Video and the community around them.

 

The Award

Each Design and Game Award has been modeled after the idea of a Save Spot in a game and is made from fine Black Marble, Sand Blasted, then etched with the category and winners name, and finally filled with silver.

WHEN

APRIL 30th, 2020

DOORS | 6:00

SHOW | 7:00

VIP EVENT | 9:00

WHERE

Garneau Theatre

8712 109 St NW

Edmonton, AB

TICKETS

2020 CATEGORIES

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GAME OF THE YEAR

Honoring a game, Analog and/or Digital, that delivers the absolute best experience.

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BEST ANALOG GAME

Honoring the best in traditional tabletop Board Game, Social, Game, or Role-Playing Game.

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BEST DIGITAL GAME

Honoring the best in digital entertainment be it Console, Mobile, or PC.

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BEST ART DIRECTION

Honoring the creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and/or animation.

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BEST NARRATIVE

Honoring the outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

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BEST INNOVATION

Honoring the outstanding achievement for a design element and/or mechanic in a game.

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BEST STUDENT GAME

Honoring the best student project created at the Secondary or Tertiary level.

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COMMUNITY MEMBER OF THE YEAR

Honoring those people who push to make gaming bigger, better, and more inviting through communities and/or events.

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CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

Honoring the person that pushes gaming to be better through Audio, Video, Articles, or Streaming.

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BEST DESIGN AND GAME JAM GAME

Honoring the best game designed at the Design and Game Jam 2019.

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STRIVE FOR IMPACT

Honoring a thought provoking game/event/community with a profound pro-social meaning or message.

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OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR

Recognizing the Individual that has had a profound impact on the gaming landscape over the last year

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO GAMING -
INDIVIDUAL

Recognizing the individual that has had a profound impact on the gaming landscape over all in Alberta

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OUTSTANDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR

Recognizing the Studio that has had a profound impact on the gaming landscape over the last year

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO GAMING -
STUDO

Recognizing the studio that has had a profound impact on the gaming landscape over all in Alberta

SUBMISSIONS OPEN IN

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SUBMISSIONS

DECEMBER 1st, 2019

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JANUARY 31st, 2020

VOTING

MARCH 1st, 2020

TO

MARCH 31st, 2020

FAQ AND RULES

This FAQ is designed to answer many common questions about The Design and Game Awards, rules and the voting process. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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What is the cutoff date for games to be eligible this year?

The game most be either released or currently being worked on between January 1st - December 31st, 2019.

What is eligible for the Design and Game awards 2020?

You can be chosen if:

  • Your Game was released or in development from January 1st, 2019 - December 31st, 2019 and HAS NOT won an award in a prior year
  • Your event happened between January 1st, 2019 - December 31st, 2019
  • Your community was active between January 1st, 2019 - December 31st, 2019

Is there an entry fee to submit a game?

The Design and Game Awards strongly believes that no game developer, designer, or publisher should have to pay to have their game considered for nomination. Thus, there are no entry forms or fees required.

I’d like to submit my a nominee for consideration, what is the process?

You can submit your nominee for the Design and Game awards by filling out the form found on this page January 1st, 2020.

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Who selects the nominees for The Design and Game Awards?

Nominees for The Design and Game Awards are chosen by a jury of media and influencer outlets, selected for their history of critical evaluation and/or knowledge of games.

Each outlet jury member will complete a confidential, unranked ballot based on their experience and opinion, listing out its top four choices in each category. These ballots are tabulated, and the three games that appear on the most ballots are put forth as nominees. In the event of a tie, four (or more) nominees will be announced in a category.

Are jury members given free or advance copies of games for consideration?

At the start of the Awards Season, publishers, designers, and developers are permitted to provide review copies or digital redemption codes to jury members.

In order to ensure the credibility of the voting process, The Design and Game Awards maintains a strict “no campaigning” policy. Publishers and developers are asked to avoid any communication that could be interpreted as “campaigning” for nomination. Any violations of this policy will be reviewed and may lead to the disqualification of a title or, in extreme cases, disqualification of an entire publisher’s slate from awards eligibility in a given year.

To meet our balloting deadlines, publishers or developers may provide advance or pre-release access to games for critical evaluation.

Does each voting jury member submit votes in every eligible category?

Jury members are given the opportunity to vote in every category, but also encouraged to leave the ballot blank in certain categories if they feel unfamiliar with all the eligible titles.

Why do you use this jury to select the nominees?

Given the sheer number of games released each year, as well as the extended time required to fully evaluate products, a “voting outlet” approach allows for the widest possible critical assessment. A ballot submitted to The Design and Game Awards represents the opinion of an individual’s point of view.

Who selects the winners?

The winners are determined by a blended vote between the voting jury (50%) and public fan votes (50%). Fans can vote for their favorite games on DesignAndGameAwards.com.

Why don’t fans completely chose the winners in categories?

Creating a 100% fan vote presents several challenges. First, given that some games are exclusive to one system or platform, a public vote puts single-platform games at an inherent disadvantage over multi-platform titles. In addition, we want to ensure that winners cannot be “socially engineered” in any way. We find that a blended vote is the most credible and authentic way to select winners.

Do sponsors have an increased chance of winning (or being nominated) for an award?

There is no connection. The voting on nominees and winners is handled by a jury that is wholly unaware of who is sponsoring or participating in other elements of the program.

Are game companies made aware of the nominees or winners in advance of the public?

No, the awards in the Nomination categories are not disclosed before the event. Developers, designers, and publishers find out the nominees and winners at the same time as the public. The Design and Game Awards does not disclose winners in advance of the live ceremony to any outside parties, unless absolutely necessary for logistics of the event. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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