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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

TIGA, the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry,  announced the winners of the TIGA Games Industry 2019 following their biggest ever awards ceremony held at The Natural History Museum, London on November 7 2019. The TIGA Awards are designed to recognise the achievements of studios, businesses and universities across the games sector.


The evening’s ceremony culminated in a double win for Lockwood Publishing

who scooped the prestigious ‘Game of The Year’ title for the second year running as well as Best Technical Innovation 2019. ‘Game Of The Year’ was sponsored by Openreach and presented by Michael Salter- Church, Director of External Affairs & Policy at Openreach. The public vote for the TIGA’s ‘Game of the Year’ Award received close to 147,000 individual votes, demonstrating the strong popularity of the TIGA Games Industry Awards. 

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe was celebrating having picked up three trophies: Best Visual Design, Heritage Award  and Best Art /Animation/ Trailer Supplier. There was also a double win for Supermassive Games who scooped Best Action and Adventure Game and Best Social Game. There were additionally wins for a number of smaller, independent studios, including Martian Rex, Inc who won Best Role Playing Game for Stone Story RPG  


TIGA’s charity partner for the 2019 awards was once again SpecialEffect; an organisation dedicated to using technology to enhance the quality of life of people with physical disabilities.


Dr Richard Wilson OBE, TIGA CEO, said:

“I would also like to thank all of our generous sponsors, our judges and everyone who supported the TIGA Games Industry Awards by entering and attending the ceremony. Last night’s programme demonstrated the excellence, proficiency and creativity of our sector.  Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists in development, publishing, education, services and businesses – your skill, expertise and ingenuity is driving our games industry forward.”


“TIGA looks forward to working with our friends, members and supporters to advance, expand and strengthen our sector in the months and years ahead.”


Michael Salter- Church, Director of External Affairs & Policy at Openreach, said: 


“As the leading builder of next generation full fibre broadband across the UK, we’re delighted to be sponsoring TIGA’s Game of the Year Award. Openreach’s full fibre technology provides the speed, resilience and reliability that’s becoming vital for seamless, uninterrupted gameplay. And as we usher in a new-era of online video gaming – with truly immersive experiences, jaw-dropping graphics and ever more sophisticated and data hungry games - our network will be the future-proof platform not only for gamers, but for the expert developers that make the UK’s gaming industry the very best in the world.”

“We encourage all gamers and developers to visit our website and register their interest in  a full fibre future.”


The winners of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2019 are:


Best Action and Adventure Game

Supermassive Games

 The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan 


Best Arcade Game 

Fallen Tree Games



Best Audio Design 

Salix Games Ltd

Dance of Death: Du Lac & Fey 


Best Casual Game 

Supersolid Ltd

Snake Rivals 


Creativity Award

No Code



Diversity Award


Putting the G into Gaming   


Best Educational or Serious Game

Aardman Animations

11-11: Memories Retold   


Best Game by a Small Studio

Nomad Games

Mystic Vale 


Heritage Award

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe/PlayStation London Studio

Blood & Truth 


Best Puzzle Game 


Shootout 3D 


Best Racing Game


F1 2019


Best Role Playing Game 

Martian Rex, Inc

Stone Story RPG  


Best Social Game 

Supermassive Games

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan 


Best Strategy Game 




Best Visual Design

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe /Bend Studio

 Days Gone


Best Art/Animation/Trailer Supplier 

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe/Creative Services Group 


Best Audio Services Supplier 

PitStop Productions 


Best Education Initiative and Talent Development 

London College of Communication, University of the Arts   


Best Educational Institution 

University of Hertfordshire   


Engines, Middleware, Tools and Technology 



Best Independent Studio 

Sumo Digital   


Best In-House Studio

Future Games of London 


Legal Services Provider 

Stevens & Bolton LLP   


Outstanding Leadership

Paul Jackson OBE, Dovetail Games 


Best Publisher

Curve Digital   


Best QA Provider 



Best Recruitment Agency 

Aardvark Swift


Best Services Provider

Universally Speaking 


Best Tax and Accountancy Firm 

MHA Henderson Loggie   


Best Technical Innovation 

Lockwood Publishing 


Outstanding Individual Award

Stuart Whyte

Game of The Year

Avakin Life

The sponsors of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2019 are:


*Platinum Sponsor: Openreach


  • Gold Sponsors: Amiqus; Atomhawk; Lockwood Publishing; Red Kite Games; Sumo Digital; Supermassive Games and The Chinese Room.

  • Silver Sponsors: Aardvark Swift; Abertay University; Dovetail Games; Games Jobs Direct; Newcastle Gateshead Initiative; University of Portsmouth; Ubisoft and Universally Speaking.

  • Bronze Sponsors: Bournemouth University; MHA Henderson Loggie; MMP Tax; Hiscox; Jigsaw24; Nomad Games, Space Ape Games , Stevens & Bolton LLP, The Tentacle Zone and Wiggin LLP.

*Drinks Sponsor: Explosive Alan.


Notes to editors:


About TIGA

TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Since 2010, TIGA has won 28 business awards and commendations and has achieved Investors in People accreditation on four occasions. TIGA focuses on four sets of activities:


  • political representation;
  • authoritative media representation;
  • enhancing education and skills; 
  • membership 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 government and in parliaments and positively represented in the media.


Get in touch: 

·   Tel: 0845 468 2330

·   Email: [email protected] 

·   Web: 

·   Twitter: 

·   Facebook: 

·   LinkedIn: 


For further information, you can also contact:  Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO by email: [email protected] 


About Openreach

Openreach Limited is the UK’s digital network business. 

We’re 33,000 people, working in every community to connect homes, schools, shops, banks, hospitals, libraries, mobile phone masts, broadcasters, governments and businesses – large and small – to the world.

Our mission is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in the UK can be connected. 

We work on behalf of more than 620 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, BT and Zen, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more than 27.5m UK premises

Over the last decade we’ve invested more than £13 billion into our network and, at more than 173 million kilometres – it’s now long enough to wrap around the world 4,314 times.

Today we’re building an even faster, more reliable and future-proof broadband network which will be the UK’s digital platform for decades to come. We’re on track to reach four million premises with this ‘full fibre’ technology by March 2021 and ultimately, we want to upgrade the majority of the UK if the conditions are right. We’re also hiring around 3,000 trainee engineers this year to help us build that network and deliver better service across the country.

Openreach is a highly regulated, wholly owned, and independently governed division of the BT Group. More than 90 per cent of our revenues come from services that are regulated by Ofcom and any company can access our products under equivalent prices, terms and conditions.

For the year ended 31 March 2019, we reported revenues of £5.1bn.

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