2014 TIGA Games Industry Awards Winners revealed

By November 7, 2014 Press Releases

Record-breaking, sold-out event sees nearly 12,000 public votes cast for TIGA & Edge Game of The Year Award, won by Minecraft: Console Edition, by 4J Studios

TIGA, the network for videogame developers and digital publishers has announced the full list of winners for the 2014 TIGA Awards. following a glittering ceremony held on the evening of November 6th at the OXO 2 in London, to celebrate the best in creativity, technological innovation and professionalism in the UK videogame industry.

The public vote for the TIGA & Edge Game of the Year Award broke last years record to receive nearly 12,000 individual votes, demonstrating the growing popularity of the Awards, which are designed to recognise and reward games businesses of all sizes.

For the 2014 Awards TIGA was delighted to have a range of key partners made up of some of the leading lights of the UK videogame industry. These include Platinum sponsors Train2Game, Gold sponsors KingJagex and Ubisoft Reflections, Silver sponsors SupermicroEpic GamesMicrosoftPlayground Games, and Sumo Digital. This is in addition to individual award sponsors AmiqusCentroid 3DCreative EnglandGrant ThorntonHavokKingston SmithLockwood PublishingPollenStevens & Bolton and Universally Speaking.

TIGA’s charity partner for the 2014 awards was once again SpecialEffect, a wonderful organisation dedicated using technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities through videogames.

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, commented:

“Huge congratulations to all of tonight’s winners as well as everyone that made it on to the shortlist. It is incredibly rewarding to see how positively the UK video game community responds to the TIGA Awards and the opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements and showcase their work.

“The standard of entries also continues to go up year after year, so well done to everyone that entered and made our judges lives so difficult!

“The 2014 Awards have totally surpassed our expectations. We have broken our record again for the number of individual Game Of The Year votes, we have had 25 per cent more people come along on the night and most importantly, we had 50 per cent more entries this year than last.

“I would like to thank all of our event sponsors and partners, as well as everyone who has supported the awards. I look forward to the UK videogame community once more entering the fray in 2015.”

 

The 2014 TIGA Games Industry Awards Finalists & Winners

 
GAMES CATEGORIES

BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE GAME  – SMALL STUDIO

  • Pixel Toys – Gunfinger
  • FuturLab – Velocity 2X
  • 8 Bit Studio – SKARA: The Blade Remains
  • Team Pesky – The Kraken Sleepeth
  • Evil Twin Artworks – Victory At Sea
  • Mouldy Toof – The Escapists
  • SFB Games Limited – Detective Grimoire
 
  • WINNER: Evil Twin Artworks – Victory At Sea
 

BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE GAME – LARGE STUDIO

  • Future Games of London – Little Raiders: Robin’s Revenge
  • Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3
  • Lionhead Studios – Fable Anniversary
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs
  • Gameloft – Modern Combat 5: Blackout
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Media Molecule – Tearaway
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Sucker Punch – inFAMOUS Second Son
 
  • WINNER: Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs
 

BEST ARCADE GAME – SMALL STUDIO

  • Pixel Toys – Gunfinger
  • FuturLab – Velocity 2X
  • Beartrap Games – Sky Patrol
  • Extra Mile Studios Ltd – Shred It!
  • IF Global Limited – Arrow C
  • Total Monkery Ltd – MagNets
  • Pixel Blimp – Free the Network
 
  • WINNER: FuturLab – Velocity 2X
 

BEST ARCADE GAME – LARGE STUDIO

  • Wales Interactive – Infinity Runner
  • Sumo Digital – Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Evolution Studios – DriveClub
  • 4J Studios – Minecraft Console Edition
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Housemarque – Resogun
  • Hutch Games – MMX Racing
 
  • WINNER: 4J Studios – Minecraft Console Edition
 

BEST CASUAL GAME – SMALL STUDIO

  • 232 Studios – Epic Eric
  • SFB Games Limited – Detective Grimoire
  • IF Global – Arrow C
  • Goodboy Digital – All At Breakfast
  • QuizTix – QuizTix
 
  • WINNER: SFB Games Limited – Detective Grimoire
 

BEST CASUAL GAME – LARGE STUDIO

  • Fuzzy Frog Ltd – Real Scary Spiders
  • Lockwood Publishing – Avakin Life
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Just Dance 2014
  • King.com – Farm Heroes Saga
  • Exient – Angry Birds Go!
  • Double Eleven – Frozen Synapse Prime
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Honeyslug & Sony Santa Monica – Hohokum
 
  • WINNER: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Honeyslug & Sony Santa Monica – Hohokum
 

BEST DEBUT GAME

  • Tundra Games – Rapture: World Conquest
  • Beartrap Games – Sky Patrol
  • Yakuto – Table Tennis Touch
  • Bedtime Digital Games – Back to Bed
  • Midoki – Plunder Pirates
  • Total Monkery – MagNets
  • Pixel Blimp – Free the Network
 
  • WINNER: Midoki – Plunder Pirates
 

BEST GAME WITH A PURPOSE – SMALL STUDIO

  • Guerilla Tea – Play to Cure: Genes in Space
  • Rail Slave Games – Uriel’s Chasm
  • Thumbfood – City Runner
  • Sprogglers – Sprogglers
  • Atomicom – Switch Galaxy Ultra
  • BeefJack – Snowflake
 
  • WINNER: Atomicom – Switch Galaxy Ultra
 

BEST GAME WITH A PURPOSE – LARGE STUDIO

  • Fuzzy Frog Ltd – Real Scary Spiders
  • Aardman Animations – Music Inc
  • Chunk Games – Reverse The Odds
  • Preloaded – Story Cards: Duel
  • Amuzo – LEGO® Star Wars™ The New Yoda Chronicles
  • Jollywise – Nick Jr Leap
  • Sumo Digital – Xbox Fitness
 
  • WINNER: Sumo Digital – Xbox Fitness
 

MOST ORIGINAL GAME

  • Inkle – 80 DAYS
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs
  • Investigate North – Cloud Chamber
  • Sumo Digital – Scorched: Combat Racing
  • Somethin’ Else – Audio Defence: Zombie Arena
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Media Molecule – Tearaway
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Honeyslug & Sony Santa Monica – Hohokum
 
  • WINNER: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Media Molecule – Tearaway
 

BEST SOCIAL GAME – SMALL STUDIO

  • iconical – TREBUCHET game
  • Investigate North – Cloud Chamber
  • Midoki – Plunder Pirates
  • IF Global – Arrow C
  • QuizTix – QuizTix
 
  • WINNER: Investigate North – Cloud Chamber
 

BEST SOCIAL GAME – LARGE STUDIO

  • Rebellion – Evil Genius Online
  • Lockwood Publishing – Avakin Life
  • Facepunch Studios – Rust
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Evolution Studios – DriveClub
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / SCE Japan Studio & Q Entertainment – Destiny of Spirits
  • Playdemic – Village Life
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Sony London Studio – SingStar Ultimate Party
 
  • WINNER: Playdemic – Village Life
 

BEST STUDENT GAME

  • Pink & Blue Interactive – Capricious
  • Gamepopper – Secret of Escape
  • Five Pixels – Seek
  • Anglia Ruskin University – Slice
 
  • WINNER: Five Pixels – Seek
 

TIGA ACCESSIBILITY AWARD

  • SixToStart – Zombies Run 3
  • Northway Games – Deep Under the Sky
  • Somethin’ Else – Audio Defence: Zombie Arena
 
  • WINNER: Audio Defence – Zombie Arena
 

BUSINESS OF GAMES CATEGORIES

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

  • FuturLab – Velocity 2x
  • Blazing Griffin – Dino Tribes
  • Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3
  • Just Add Water (Developments) – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2
  • SFB Games – Detective Grimoire
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Evolution Studios – DriveClub
 
  • Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2
 

BEST EDUCATION INITIATIVE

  • The University of Bedfordshire – BUGS, the Business & University Games Syndicate
  • The University of Portsmouth
  • Staffordshire University
  • The Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI)
  • Aardvark Swift Recruitment
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • Interactive Systems Studio, Plymouth University
 
  • WINNER: Staffordshire University
 

BEST EDUCATION INSTITUTION

  • Abertay University
  • University of Greenwich
  • Goldsmiths – Computing Department
  • University of Derby
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Bournemouth University
 
  • WINNER: University of Portsmouth
 

BEST GAME DESIGN

  • FuturLab – Velocity 2x
  • Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3
  • 8 Bit Studio – Skara: The Blade Remains
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs
  • Matmi Ltd – Rollabear
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Evolution Studios – DriveClub
  • Gamelab UK – The Nepalese Necklace
 
  • WINNER: Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3
 

BEST IN-HOUSE STUDIO

  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Evolution Studios
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / London Studio
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio
  • Lionhead
 
  • WINNER: Reflections, a Ubisoft studio
 

BEST INDEPENDENT STUDIO

  • Bossa
  • Rebellion
  • nDreams
  • Sumo Digital
  • Team17 Digital
  • Playground Games
  • Space Ape
  • 4J Studios
 
  • WINNER: Sumo Digital
 

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD

  • Evil Twin Artworks
  • Atomhawk
  • Rebellion
  • BeefJack
  • Playground Games
  • Sumo Digital
  • 4J Studios
 
  • WINNER: Rebellion, Jason & Chris Kingsley
 

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

  • FuturLab
  • BeefJack
  • Testronic
  • Playstation UK (for PlayStation 4)
  • Playstation UK (for The Last Of Us: Remastered)
 
  • WINNER: Playstation UK (for PlayStation 4)
 

BEST NEW IP – LARGE STUDIO

  • Lockwood Publishing – Avakin Life
  • Mouldy Toof – The Escapists
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs
  • Sproing Interactive Media GmbH – Sigils: Battle for Raios
  • Playdemic – Gang Nations
  • Payload Studios – TerraTech
 
  • WINNER: Activision – Destiny
 

BEST NEW IP – SMALL STUDIO

  • Lockwood Publishing – Avakin Life
  • Mouldy Toof – The Escapists
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs
  • Sproing Interactive Media GmbH – Sigils: Battle for Raios
  • Playdemic – Gang Nations
  • Payload Studios – TerraTech
 
  • WINNER: Payload Studios – TerraTech
 

BEST PUBLISHER

  • Rebellion
  • Microsoft
  • Team17
  • Channel 4
  • Ubisoft
  • PlayStation UK
  • Activision
 
  • WINNER: Team17
 

BEST ACCOUNTANCY FIRM

  • Henderson Loggie
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • MMP
 
  • WINNER: Grant Thornton UK LLP
 

BEST ANIMATION SUPPLIER

  • Speech Graphics
  • Aardman Animations
  • Dimensional Imaging
  • RealtimeUK
 
  • WINNER: Dimensional Imaging
 

BEST ART SUPPLIER

  • Opus Artz
  • Blue Donut Studios
  • Creative Services Group
  • Atomhawk
 
  • WINNER: Atomhawk
 

BEST AUDIO SUPPLIER

  • DD Mgmt
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • SIDE
  • Creative Services Group, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Pinewood Studios
 
  • WINNER: SIDE
 

BEST LEGAL SERVICES SUPPLIER

  • Stevens & Bolton LLP
  • Sarassin LLP
 
  • WINNER: Stevens & Bolton LLP
 

BEST QA PROVIDER

  • Testology Ltd
  • MO Group International
  • Universally Speaking Ltd.
  • Testronic
  • GameBench
 
  • WINNER: Testology Ltd
 

BEST RECRUITMENT FIRM

  • Amiqus
  • Interactive Selection
  • Aardvark Swift Recruitment
  • MPG Universal
 
  • WINNER: Amiqus
 

BEST START-UP

  • Just a Pixel
  • 8-Bit Studio
  • Mouldy Toof
  • Payload Studios
  • QuizTix
 
  • WINNER: Just a Pixel
 
 
BEST TOOLS & TECH
  • Marmalade Technologies Ltd
  • GameSparks
  • deltaDNA
  • Speech Graphics
  • GameBench
  • Autodesk
  • Centroid
 
  • WINNER: CENTROID 3D
 

BEST VISUAL DESIGN

  • FuturLab – Velocity 2x
  • Blazing Griffin – Dino Tribes
  • Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3
  • Just Add Water (Developments) Ltd. – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • SFB Games Limited – Detective Grimoire
  • Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Evolution Studios – DriveClub
 
  • WINNER: Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2
 
TIGA SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD:
 
  • WINNER: Trevor Williams, Playground Games
 
TIGA & EDGE GAME OF THE YEAR, chosen by a public vote:
 
  • 7. FuturLab – Velocity 2X
  • 6.  Mouldy Toof – The Escapists
  • 5. Lionhead Studios – Fable Anniversary
  • 4. Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3
  • 3. Just Add Water (Developments) – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • 2. Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2
 
  • WINNER 4J Studios – Minecraft Console Edition
 

 

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TIGA is the trade association representing the UK video game industry.

We help developers and digital publishers build successful studios, network with the right people, save money and access professional business advice. We also have traditional publishers, outsourcing companies, technology businesses and universities amongst our membership.

TIGA is 90% funded by independent UK businesses. 80% of our board members are developers and/or from UK owned businesses, and 50% of our board are UK business owners themselves. Since 2010, TIGA has won 17 business awards. TIGA focuses on three sets of activities:

  • Political representation
  • Media representation
  • Business services

This enhances the competitiveness of our members by providing benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities. It also means our members’ voices are heard in the corridors of power and positively represented in national, broadcast and UK video game trade media.

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