TIGA announces the UK Games Industry Awards 2021 Finalists

By November 1, 2021 November 2nd, 2021 Press Releases

TIGA, the network for video games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the UK video games industry, has announced the list of finalists for the TIGA UK Games Industry Awards, ahead of the virtual awards ceremony which will be shown on the 25th November 2021.  This year’s finalists are as follows:


TIGA UK Games Industry Awards 2021: Shortlist


Best Action and Adventure Game 2021

  1. Flight School Studio (developer) & MWMi (publisher): Stonefly
  2. Hi-Rez: SMITE: Battleground of the Gods.
  3. Kwalee: Eternal Hope
  4. Mooneye Studios and Bubblebird Studios: Haven Park
  5. Rebellion: Sniper Elite VR
  6. Sony Interactive Entertainment/Insomniac Games: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Sony Interactive Entertainment/XDev: Sackboy: A Big Adventure.


Best Arcade Game 2021

  1. Lowtek Games: Flea Jump!
  2. Pinnical Studio: Tadpole Tales
  3. Sony Interactive Entertainment: Astro’s Playroom
  4. Space Ape Games: Beatstar: Touch Your Music
  5. Tactile Games Limited: Simon’s Cat – Story Time
  6. Team17 (publisher) and Studio Koba (developer): Narita Boy


Best Audio Design 2021

  1. Codemasters: DIRT 5
  2. Lo-Fi People: Blind Drive
  3. Space Ape Games: Beatstar – Touch Your Music
  5. Square Enix: NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
  6. Sumo Newcastle: Hood: Outlaws & Legends
  7. Team17 (publisher) and Black Matter (developer): Hell Let Loose


Best Casual Game 2021

  1. Arte France – Upian: Unmaze
  2. IDEA Games: OtherWordly
  3. Lockwood Publishing: Avakin Life
  4. Kwalee: Let’s Be Cops 3D
  5. Marmalade Game Studio: THE GAME OF LIFE 2
  6. Outplay Entertainment: Gordon Ramsay’s Chef Blast
  7. Trailmix: Love and Pies


Creativity in Games Award 2021

  1. Brave at Night: Mind Scanners
  2. Feral Cat Den: Genesis Noir
  3. Follow the Feathers: Weaving Tides
  4. Sony Interactive Entertainment: Returnal
  5. Sony Interactive Entertainment/Insomniac Games: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  6. State of Play: South of the Circle
  7. Ubisoft/Future Games of London: Hungry Shark World


Diversity Award 2021

  1. Amiqus: Putting the G into Gaming
  2. Dovetail Games: Trains Sim World 2 & Fishing Sim World
  3. Outplay Entertainment: Mystery Match Village
  4. Payload Studios: Tentacle Zone Incubator
  5. Sony Interactive Entertainment/XDev: Destruction AllStars
  6. Sony Interactive Entertainment: Returnal
  7. Supermassive Games: The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope


Best Educational/Serious/Simulation Game 2021

  1. Avid Games: Cards, the Universe and Everything (CUE)
  2. BBC Bitesize/Mobile Pie: BBC Bitesize History Detectives
  3. Cinq-Mars Media: Copy Editor
  4. Delve Interactive: CHANGE: A Homeless Survival Experience
  5. Lozange Labs: Rip Them Off
  6. Slug Disco Studios: Ecosystem
  7. Ululab: Math Makers


Heritage in Games Award 2021

  1. 3-Fold Games: Before I Forget
  2. D’Avekki Studios: Dark Nights with Poe and Munro
  3. Dovetail Games: Trains Sim World 2
  4. Inkle Ltd: Overboard!
  5. Rebellion: Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  6. State of Play: South of the Circle
  7. Sumo Newcastle: Hood: Outlaws & Legends


Best Puzzle Game 2021

  1. Kwalee: TENS!
  2. Lykke Studios: Lumen
  3. Madowl Games: QB Planets
  4. Out of the Blue Games: Call of the Sea
  5. Snap Finger Click: Family Feud
  6. Team17 (publisher), NEXT Studios (developer): Crown Trick
  7. WRP Studios: Lost Twins 2



Best Role Playing Game 2021

  1. 9th Impact: Big Brother The Game
  2. Lockwood Publishing: Avakin Life.
  3. Imperia Online JSC: Crush Them All
  4. Square Enix: NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…
  5. Team 17 (publisher) Heliocentric Studios (developer): Rogue Heroes
  6. Variable State: Last Stop


Best Social Game 2021

  1. Kwalee: Object Hunt
  2. Snap Finger Click: ACT IT OUT XL! A Game of Charades
  3. Sold Out Sales and Marketing: KeyWe
  4. Sony Interactive Entertainment/XDev: Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  5. Supersolid: RoPets
  6. Supermassive Games: The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
  7. Tactile Games Ltd: Simon’s Cat – Story Time


Best Strategy Game 2021

  1. Creative Assembly: Total War: WARHAMMER II
  2. Legendary Games: Necromunda: Gang Skirmish
  3. Perchang Games: Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower
  4. Rebellion: Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  5. Team 17 (publisher) and Astral Pixel (developer): Super Magbox
  6. Team 17 (publisher) and NEXT Studios (developer): Crown Trick


Best Visual Design 2021

  1. Codemasters: F1 2021
  2. Kwalee: Eternal Hope
  3. Sony Interactive Entertainment: Returnal
  4. Sony Interactive Entertainment/Insomniac Games: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  5. Supermassive Games: The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
  6. Team17 (publisher) and Navegante Entertainment (developer): Greak: Memories of Azur
  7. Wales Interactive & Good Gate Media: Night Book


Best AR/VR Game 2021

  1. Fictioneers: Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up
  2. InnerspaceVR: Maskmaker
  3. Pixel Toys: Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister
  4. Rebellion: Sniper Elite VR
  5. Schell Games: I EXPECT YOU TO DIE 2
  7. XR Games: Zombieland VR: Headshot Fever


Best Art/Animation/Trailer Supplier 2021

  1. Atomhawk
  2. Liquid Crimson
  3. Sony Interactive Entertainment /PlayStation Studios, Creative Arts


Best Audio Services Supplier 2021

  1. Pitstop Productions Ltd
  2. Side
  3. Sony Interactive Entertainment/PlayStation Studios, Creative Arts
  4. Soundcuts Ltd
  5. Tazman Audio


Best Education and Talent Development Initiative 2021

  1. IHDC
  2. London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London
  3. Lucid Games
  4. Sumo Digital Academy
  5. Games Careers Week
  6. Ubisoft
  7. University of Hertfordshire
  8. University of the West of England


Best Educational Institution 2021

  1. Birmingham City University
  2. Bournemouth University
  3. Escape Studios
  4. London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London
  5. Norwich University of the Arts
  6. Staffordshire University
  7. University of Greenwich
  8. University of Hertfordshire
  9. University of Portsmouth


Best Large Studio 2021

  1. Codemasters
  2. Dovetail Games
  3. Insomniac Games
  4. Kwalee
  5. Lockwood Publishing
  6. Lucid Games
  7. nDreams
  8. Rebellion
  9. Red Kite Games
  10. Space Ape Games
  11. Sumo Sheffield
  12. Supermassive Games


Best Small Studio 2021

  1. Legendary Games
  2. PixelAnt Games
  3. Rebellion North
  4. Sumo Warrington
  5. Trailmix Ltd


Best Legal Services Supplier 2021

  1. Eaton Smith LLP
  2. Stevens & Bolton LLP
  3. Wiggin LLP


Outstanding Leadership Award 2021

  1. Ian Goodall, CEO Aardvark Swift
  2. Liz Prince, CEO Amiqus
  3. Management team, Atomhawk
  4. Jon Rissik, CEO Dovetail Games
  5. Jason Falcus, COO Kwalee
  6. Halli BJornsson, CEO Lockwood Publishing
  7. Patrick O’Luanaigh CEO, nDreams
  8. Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO and Creative Director, Rebellion
  9. Leadership team, Sumo Digital Ltd
  10. Vicky Peggs, CEO Universally Speaking
  11. Tim Horton, COO XR Games


Best Publisher 2021

  1. Codemasters
  2. Kwalee
  3. Rebellion
  4. Sony Interactive Entertainment


Best QA Provider 2021

  1. Friday Sundae Studio
  2. Globalstep
  3. PTW
  4. Testronic
  5. Universally Speaking


Best Recruitment Agency 2021

  1. Aardvark Swift
  2. Amiqus
  3. Avatar


Best Services Provider 2021

  1. Amiqus
  2. Games Jobs Direct
  3. Liquid Crimson
  4. PitStop Productions
  5. PTW
  6. Red Kite Games
  7. Sony Interactive Entertainment/PlayStation Studios, Creative Arts


Best Tax and Accountancy Firm 2021

  1. MMP Tax
  2. RSM
  3. Sky Life Accountancy


Best Technical Innovation 2021

  1. Panivox
  2. Sony Interactive Entertainment: Housemarque
  3. XR Games


Outstanding Employer 2021

  1. Atomhawk
  2. Dovetail Games
  3. Sumo Digital


The winners of the categories Outstanding Individual Award 2021 and the Game of the Year 2021 will be announced during the Awards ceremony.


TIGA’s charity partner for the 2021 Awards is SpecialEffect, the charity that uses technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities through video games (https://www.specialeffect.org.uk).


Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:


“Congratulations to all the fantastic finalists of the TIGA UK Games Industry Awards 2021.  We look forward to revealing our winners on 25th November 2021.


“Thank you once again to all of our generous sponsors for making our celebration of excellence in games, businesses and education possible.”


The 2021 Awards are supported by some of the biggest names in the video games industry:


* Gold Sponsors: Amiqus; BeautyLabs International; Atomhawk; Red Kite Games; Lab 42; Lockwood Publishing; Pipeworks; Pixel Ant; Sumo Digital; Supermassive Games; and The Chinese Room.


* Silver Sponsors: Abertay University; Creative Wales; Dovetail Games; GlobalStep; Pearson; Space Ape Games; Ubisoft;  Universally Speaking; and the University of Portsmouth.


* Bronze Sponsors: Bournemouth University; Codemasters; Eaton Smith LLP; Hiscox; Hot House Music; Kwalee; MMP Tax; Outplay Entertainment; Payload Studios; Stevens & Bolton LLP; Side; S-Tech Insurance; Staffordshire University; Tazman Audio; Testronic; and Worldmakers.


For more information about the TIGA Awards see www.tiga.org/awards and stay up to date by following TIGA on twitter at @TIGAMovement or by using #TIGAAwards.


If you have any questions about the TIGA Games Industry Awards then please email the TIGA awards team at: awards@tiga.org


About TIGA:

TIGA is the trade association for the UK video games industry.  Our vision is to make the UK the best place in the world to develop video games. Our core purpose is to strengthen the games development and digital publishing sector. To this end, we focus on four strategic objectives:



For more information contact TIGA:

Tel: 0845 468 2330
Email: info@tiga.org
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