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03/03/2015
 


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San Francisco, CA, USA - 04.03.2015 - Game Connection unveiled the winners of the 2015 Game Connection Development Awards today, formerly known as "Selected Projects". The award honors yet unsigned or highly original game projects and is open to console, mobile, social, casual, and online games at any stage of development with no restriction to genre, platform, or distribution method. Out of over 170 applicants, the jury picked twenty-four different game projects from 15 countries before narrowing down the winners in each of the ten categories. Vlad Micu from VGVisionary hosted the ceremony.

Japanese Active Gaming Media took home two of the ten trophies for Astebreed, making them the biggest winners of the day. The Shoot-Em-Up PC game was named both "Best Hardcore" and "Best Console/PC Hardcore Game." Two German studios had a reason to celebrate, as indie-studio Brainseed Factory won "Best Casual" for their word-based puzzle Typoman (multi-platform), while industry veteran Bigpoint was awarded "Best Desktop/Downloadable" for the browser-based MOBA Shards of War.

The Canadian games industry can also boast two winning studios, as Hitman GO from Square Enix Montréal was named "Best Mobile/Tablet", and "Best Social" went to Hololabs for their mobile scrap-gaming title Papercade. US-based LyteShot managed to trump the competition in the main category "Most Original & Creative Project" for their self-titled mobile/live-action platform. Further winners include Czech studio Madfinger Games for mobile model-kit simulator Monzo ("Excellence in Art"), Spanish indie A Crowd of Monsters for their multi-platform episodic noir story Blues & Bullets ("Excellence in Story & Storytelling") and Norwegian Sarepta Studio for PC puzzle-adventure Shadow Puppeteer ("Most promising IP").

Previous winners include Loading Human from Untold Games, Contrast from Compulsion Games, Badland from Frogmind, Limbo from PlayDead, and Izle from Area Effect, which won three awards at Game Connection Europe last October.

The 2015 Game Connection Development Awards were given out in partnership with Microsoft Studios, Bandai Namco Games, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, and Michael Meyers Public Relations.

 

All winners (bolded) and nominees at a glance, including trailers:

Best Console / PC Hardcore (Microsoft Studios)

Astebreed by Active Gaming Media, Inc . (Japan)

Hand of Fate by Defiant Development (Australia)

Typoman by Brainseed Factory (Germany)

Hue by Mudvark (United Kingdom)

Shadow Puppeteer by Sarepta Studio AS (Norway)

Best Mobile / Tablets

Hitman GO by Square Enix Montréal (Canada)

Epic of Kings by Dead Mage (United States)

Papercade by Hololabs (Canada)

Piano City by Room 8 Studio (Ukraine)

Raids of Glory by Nitro Games Ltd. (Finland)

Best Desktop / Downloadable

Shards of War by Bigpoint (Germany)

Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders by MICROIDS - Anuman Interactive (France)

My Night Job by Webcore Games (Brazil)

The Dead Flowers Case by Mando Productions (France)

DUR by ZHdK (Switzerland)

Best Casual Game

Typoman by Brainseed Factory (Germany)

Hitman GO by Square Enix Montréal (Canada)

Piano City by Room 8 Studio (Ukraine)

Puny Stupid Humans by GORANGE LLC (United States) & SteelMonkey (Ukraine)

Sequenced by Apelab (Switzerland)

Best Social Game

Papercade by Hololabs (Canada)

Shadow Puppeteer by Sarepta Studio AS (Norway)

Raids of Glory by Nitro Games Ltd. (Finland)

Monzo by MADFINGER Games (Czech Republic)

LyteShot by LyteShot, Inc. (United States)

Best Hardcore Game

Astebreed by Active Gaming Media, Inc. (Japan)

Epic of Kings by Dead Mage (United States)

First Strike by Blindflug Studios (Switzerland)

Hue by Mudvark (United Kingdom)

Medusa's Labyrinth by Guru Games (Sweden)

Excellence in Art

Monzo by MADFINGER Games (Czech Republic)

Epic of Kings by Dead Mage (United States)

Hitman GO by Square Enix Montréal (Canada)

Astebreed by Active Gaming Media, Inc. (Japan)

Raids of Glory by Nitro Games Ltd. (Finland)

Excellence in Story & StoryTelling

Blues & Bullets by A Crowd of Monsters (Spain)

The Perils of Man by IF Games (Switzerland)

Hitman GO by Square Enix Montréal (Canada)

Epic of Kings by Dead Mage (United States)

Shadow Puppeteer by Sarepta Studio AS (Norway)

Most Promising IP (SCEE)

Shadow Puppeteer by Sarepta Studio AS (Norway)

Hitman GO by Square Enix Montréal (Canada)

Typoman by Brainseed Factory (Germany)

Mutant Football League by Digital Dreams Entertainment LLC (United States)

Astebreed by Active Gaming Media, Inc. (Japan)

Most Creative & Original Project (Bandai Namco)

LyteShot by LyteShot Inc. (United States)

Papercade by Hololabs (Canada)

Sequenced by Apelab (Switzerland)

Puny Stupid Humans by GORANGE LLC (United States) & SteelMonkey (Ukraine)

First Strike by Blindflug Studios (Switzerland)

For further details visit: www.game-connection.com/development-awards .

The 2015 Game Connection Development Awards were given out on Tuesday, March 3rd at 10:00 AM at the AMC Theater - METREON in San Francisco.

For more information on Game Connection America, please visit: http://www.game-connection.com/

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About Game Connection:

Game Connection is an international conference that gives video game industry professionals the opportunity to interact, network, and promote their products, services, and expertise. Since 2001, key players from the games industry have gathered in Europe and in the US -to meet, do business together, connect with new industry professionals and socialize in a lively environment where business gets done. This business-focused setting is largely enabled by the Game Connection Meeting Application, a unique match-making tool allowing attendees to schedule meetings in advance of the event - thereby effectively optimizing time spent on-site. In 2011, Game Connection launched a program of conferences, workshops, and Master Classes. As part of this program, experts in arts, game design, programming, production, communication and marketing present the latest innovation for consoles, handheld, browser games, social media, digital and mobile stores. Next event: Game Connection America, March 2 - 5, 2015 at City View - METREON, San Francisco, USA. For more information, visit www.game-connection.com

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