Eighteen Competition nominees and eight additional speakers announced for Ludicious - Zürich Game Festival in January
Zürich, Switzerland – 13 December 2017 – A short list of 18 games have today been announced for the Ludicious Awards 2018. The list highlights the very best creative talent from a diverse selection of international studios and student developer teams. The nominees all hope to win a share of the impressive 12’000 EUR offered in collective prize money.
“263 games from 47 countries were submitted to the competition this year,” said the festival’s Artistic and Conference Director Tobias Kopka. “What we asked for, and found, are the most exciting, creative and original new games on any platform. In particular this year, we encouraged developers to submit projects which contain a strong innovative aspect. This could be in any area; from the game mechanic through to the narrative, or even business model.”
The nominees and award categories are as follows:
The Innovation in Game Award (international studios or developers, 8’000 EUR prize)
The Emerging Talent Award (international students or university teams, 4’000 EUR prize)
Last year’s Ludicious winner was Reigns by François Alliot, aka Nerial. Published by Devolver Digital, Reigns has now sold in excess of 1.8 million copies.
The winners will be announced on January 19, 2018 at the Ludicious & SGDA Awards Night, where the SGDA (Swiss Game Developers Association) will also announce the winners of its Swiss Game Awards.
New speakers added to the conference line-up
Ludicious has also published the name of eight additional speakers joining the conference line-up of Switzerland’s most important gaming event: Lauren Cason (ustwogames, Monument Valley 2, best Mobile Game at the 2017 Game Awards), Chris Bourassa (Red Hook Studios), Jeff Tangsoc (Power Up Audio), Menno van Pelt-Deen (Lapp, Dutch Game Garden), Morten Brunbjerg (Writer), Vlad Micu (VG Visionary), Ste Curran (One Life Left) and Philomena Schwab (Stray Fawn Studios, Zürich).
So far twenty speakers have been announced. They include:
Ludicious is a networking and exchange platform for game developers. It features an exhibition, a developer conference, workshops, competitions, matchmaking and networking opportunities. The festival will show the most original games by young and upcoming studios and emerging game developers. The Ludicious Business section will once again connect experienced professionals with promising new projects and technologies.
About the SGDA
The Swiss Game Developers Association (SGDA) is the member-driven, non-profit trade association for game developers in Switzerland. The association’s goals are to accelerate the growth of the Swiss game industry and to underline games as a cultural as well as economical factor in Switzerland. The SGDA hosts the «Swiss Game Awards», the event that honours Swiss innovation in games.
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