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  IIDEA Announces Nominees for Italian Video Games Awards 2021
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press.]

Milan, Wednesday, June 23 - The Italian Interactive Digital Entertainment Association is today proud and happy to announce the final list of nominations for this year's Italian Video Game Awards (IVGAs). IIDEA is working with its long-term partner, the Tuscan Film Commission, to stage the event in the region as part of Italy’s 2021 First Playable line-up.  


The IVGAs will be a live, in-person ceremony that takes place on July 1 from the prestigious surroundings of the Museum of Ancient Ships, Pisa, and will be streamed to a global audience on Twitch. This is a welcome departure from the 2020 ceremony, which took place online due to the global pandemic, and an important step for IIDEA as they bring the sector back together after a year of separation. This year’s event will be co-hosted by RaiNews 24 ’s Dario Marchetti - who will be there in person in Tuscany, and British journalist, Aoife Wilson - who after a successful 2020 ceremony will again lend her co-presenting expertise via a live stream.  


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Here are the lists of categories and nominees in alphabetical order: 


Best Italian Game 

A Painter’s Tale: Curon 1950 - Monkeys Tales Studios 

Beyond Your Window - Team SolEtude 

Griefhelm - Johnny Dale Lonack 

Promesa - Eremo

Redout: Space Assault - 34BigThings


Best Debut Game 

Beyond Your Window - Team SolEtude

Griefhelm - Johnny Dale Lonack 

Milky Way Prince - The Vampire Star - Eyeguys 

Promesa - Eremo

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town - Imaginary Labs 


Best Innovation 

A Painter’s Tale: Curon 1950 - Monkeys Tales Studios  

Change Game - Melazeta 

Fly Punch Boom! - Jollypunch Games 

Griefhelm - Johnny Dale Lonack 

Promesa - Eremo 


The winners of the two additional categories -  Outstanding Italian Company and Outstanding Individual Contribution to Italian Gaming - will be revealed during the IVGA ceremony on July 1st. 


For the IVGAs, the nominees and the awards themselves will be decided by an international panel of respected luminaries from across the game industry who volunteered their time to assess the best of Italy’s gaming talent in 2020-21. The panel of seven industry veterans and professionals combines years of industry experience and knowledge about what makes videogames stand out. 


The panel included: 


Chris Dring: Head of B2B at ReedPop, which covers, B2B events at PAX and EGX, plus other special projects. 

Alex HutchinsonCreative Director responsible for Journey to the Savage Planet, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed 3, Spore, Sims 2 and more. 

Rami Ismail: Dutch-Egyptian independent video game developer 

Ryan Lambie: Editor, Wireframe Magazine

Eugene Maleev: Business Head at Xsolla  

Liana Ruppert: Editor, Game Informer 

Chris Schilling: Deputy Editor, Edge Magazine 


The organisation of the IVGA ceremony and panel of jurors follows the recent publication of the fifth biennial Italian Census by IIDEA and IDG Consulting. The census data, which was released last month, revealed an extremely young, buoyant and optimistic sector, which has shown positive growth in 2020 despite the global pandemic. The list of nominees for 2021’s IVGAs and prestigious international jury provide further evidence of the strength, breadth and creativity of the Italian sector. 


Thalita Malago, Director General of IIDEA offered her congratulations to the entrants and nominees: 


“Our objective with the IVGAs is to celebrate and champion games that have the Made in Italy stamp, and bring them to a wider global audience.


The pool of games that fed into the final nominees represents the depth and breadth of Italy's creative output, and the fact that we were able to put together such a prestigious panel of judges says something about the quality of the Italian games which launched during the last year. 


We’re grateful and honoured that the judges wanted to be part of the IVGAs and thank them for their time, effort and impartiality during the judging process and also want to wish the best of luck to all the nominees.”  


Stefania Ippoliti - offered a warm welcome to Tuscany - virtually and in real life: 


“We are looking forward to welcoming the very best Italian gaming talent to Tuscany for the IVGA ceremony at our beautiful Museum of Ancient Ships on July 1, and virtually for First Playable. We hope people will remember this remarkable region when we finally open our doors and in the meantime we congratulate the videogame sector for its resilience and success.” 

The Italian Video Game Awards are being sponsored by Xsolla, and their Business Head - Eugene Maleev joined the panel of judges as part of the partnership. 


Talking about the IVGAs, he said:  


“We intend to virtually bring together the brightest minds in video game development and publishing, offer access to the best trade shows and conferences, and invite subject matter experts to add their voice to key discussions and newsletters. Now more than ever, our industry needs to connect, talk about success stories, compare notes, and share best practices.”


For more information, please contact:


Stefano Petrullo – Renaissance PR

[email protected] +44 (0) 7828 692 315


Emily Britt - Renaissance PR

[email protected]  +44 (0) 7530 081 191



We are the Association representing the video games industry in Italy. We give voice to our members on common sector-wide issues. We work to promote Italian companies abroad and to facilitate the access to the Italian market for multinational companies. We carry out a number of initiatives to amplify the value of the video games sector for economy, society, culture and education. Among them: Games Industry Day, annual forum between industry and public institutions to discuss about the present and the future of the sector in Italy; First Playable, the first international business event dedicated to indie developers in Italy, Round One, the first international business event dedicated to esports in Italy, Italian Video Games Awards, the celebration of video games and esports. Internationally, we are proud members of ISFE (Interactive Software Federation of Europe). We are an agile, slender and results-oriented Association. Our line of work is very pragmatic and based on the constant involvement of our members in order to ensure that our action keeps abreast of the industry's steady evolution. Our members are at the heart of any choice or action carried out by the Association.


Toscana Film Commission supports and assists all production companies interested in shooting in Tuscany and offers highly skilled producing assistance for international production:

  • Welcome & general information about technical issues and logistics Assistance in obtaining shooting permits

  • Database of audiovisual companies and professionals

  • Database of locations & photoscouting

  • Special fares for accommodation and catering

  • New space studios for productions in Tuscany


Manifatture Digitali Cinema (MDC), provides: offices spaces, casting areas, makeup rooms and facilities, hairdressing and costume rooms, projection halls and theaters. Highly specialized courses in cinema and audiovisual professions: the textile and sartorial tradition of Prato and the new technologies of Pisa at the service of audiovisual industry of the future.

About Xsolla 

Xsolla’s Diamond Club is a growing collective of video game developers, publishers, and distributors with opportunities to network, share ideas, and solve mutual challenges together. Diamond Club’s members have access to gaming events tickets, subject matter experts, and monthly meet-ups with industry colleagues facing the same business successes and challenges.