Here are the Award Winners of SGC17!
The Award Dinner at Arena Skövde, October 19, was a great success and offered an Award Ceremony with 5 awards as well as food, drinks and world class entertainment!
400 guests gathered on the second evening of Sweden Game Conference to participate in this year’s Award Dinner. The event was once again hosted by the amazing Ste Curran and the evening offered a three course dinner, an Award Ceremony and music from video game music symphonic rock band Critical Hit, led by World of Warcraft composer Jason Hayes.
The awards that were given away during this year’s ceremony was Skövde Academic Game Award which was presented by Skövde kommun (Skövde Municipality) and the University of Skövde, Rookie of the Year which was presented by Näringslivsforum in collaboration with Sweden Game Arena and Gothia Science Park as well as the two honorary prizes Glue of the Year and Firestarter of the Year, which are awarded to individuals and teams who have contributed to the Sweden Game Arena community in various ways during the year. The winner of the fifth qualifier of Nordic Game Discovery Contest was also presented.
Here is a full list of winners and their motivations!
Glue of the Year
Fredrik Örneblad – The Game Incubator
“Fredrik does his work with a lot of passion to develop and run the incubator in Gothenburg, making it a highly valuable and relevant place for new studios to join! He puts a lot of effort into making sure we have good communication and collaboration between the two cities, aswell as between the new companies and the old. On top of all that, he never hesitates to offer help, create possibilities and in other ways strengthen the local games industry as a whole.”
Firestarter of the Year
“An honorary prize for the Sweden Game Arena member company who made noticeable efforts to build the community, give back to its members, and overall acting as an ambassador for Sweden Game Arena.”
Rookie of the Year
“Even though they are a newly formed company in The Game Incubator, this years’s Rookie benefits from extensive experience in the industry, having taken part in the development of many Skövde born games, including Goat Simulator. They have chosen to use their experience to not only form a new venture, but also to help everyone else in our network, and their influence shows.”
Skövde Academic Game Award
Pinecone Creations – Bortbytingen
“In only ten weeks, the winning team has succeeded in creating a product with an impressive overall game experience. It’s a solid product with a clear story, thoughtful game design, great graphics and sound. The jury has chosen to reward the winning team who managed to take several aspects into consideration when it comes to delivering a finished product.”
Nordic Game Discovery Contest
Storm in a Teacup – Close to the Sun
Photos by: Sebastian Bularca