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.
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.
Note: Winners have a gold border
GAME OF THE YEAR
Honoring a game, Analog and/or Digital, that delivers the absolute best experience.
BEST ANALOG GAME
Honoring the best in traditional tabletop Board Game, Social, Game, or Role-Playing Game.
BEST ART DIRECTION
Honoring the creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and/or animation.
COMMUNITY MEMBER OF THE YEAR
Honoring those people who push to make gaming bigger, better, and more inviting through communities and/or events.
CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR
Honoring the person(s) that pushes gaming to be better through Audio, Video, Articles, or Streaming.
BEST DESIGN AND GAME JAM GAME
Honoring the best game designed at the Design and Game Jam 2019.
BEST DIGITAL GAME
Honoring the best in digital entertainment be it Console, Mobile, or PC.
Honoring the outstanding achievement for a design element and/or mechanic in a game.
Honoring the outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.
STRIVE FOR IMPACT
Honoring a thought provoking game/event/community with a profound pro-social meaning or message.
BEST STUDENT GAME
Honoring the best student project created at the Secondary or Tertiary level.
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR
Recognizing the Individual that has had a profound impact on the gaming landscape over the last year
OUTSTANDING STUDIO OF THE YEAR
Recognizing the Studio that has had a profound impact on the gaming landscape over the last year
FAQ AND RULES
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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 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 by 11:59 pm January 31st, 2020.
What categories can my Nominee be submitted to?
Most nominees can be submitted into multiple categories each year. Judges are instructed to evaluate each nominee and the spirit of the category before they vote. What this means is some games will get nominated in categories that, to the audience and event he creator, doesn't seem to fit but due to the format of the awards is appropriate.
Can my game be nominated in the same category and/or over multiple years?
The answer is yes! As long as it follows these rules:
- 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.
Note: Games that were nominated in a prior year do not have an increased chance of being nominated the following year.
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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.