ION LANDS’ CloudPunk leads the charge with three wins.
David Jones, founder of DMA Design, wins the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners of the first ever Scottish Games Awards were announced following a gala ceremony which took place last night. [Thursday, 27th of October]. The inaugural awards ceremony took place at Malmaison, Dundee, and was the highlight of Scottish Games Week, in which events were held across the country to showcase the games as the Scotland’s secret weapon in the tech sector.
Celebrating the best of the games industry across Scotland, winners include Dundee studio Team Terrible whose title ‘The Baby In Yellow’ was crowned best budget game, Brilliant Skies Ltd of Aberdeenshire who won won the Technical Achievement Award, and BAFTA-winning Amicable Animal, which has now won the Audio Trophy for its work on SOLAS 128. With a Glasgow-based lead scriptwriter and artists from Edinburgh, ION’s Cloudpunk epic LANDS won three titles: Art and Animation, Creativity and Best Big Budget Game, while Dundon’s game industry veteran David Jones took home the Lifetime Achievement award.
The winners of the Scottish Games Awards in full are:
arts and entertainment
Best educational program
Best Big Budget Game
Best low budget game
Fulfillment of a life
Stewart Gilray Award (Community Spirit)
Tools and technology
Chaired by acclaimed journalist and author Chris Scullion, the winners were selected by a panel of gaming industry experts with deep knowledge of the industry, including:
Brian Baird: Technical Director of Bethesda Games Studios in Austin.
Joe Donnelly: Editor at GamesRadar+.
Alisdair Gunn: Director of Glasgow City Innovation District.
Steven Hamill: Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Edge
Keza MacDonald: Video Games Editor at The Guardian.
Jim Trinca: Game Journalist and Video Producer
Jo Twist: CEO of UKIE
Chris Scullion, journalist and author of The NES Encyclopaedia said: “It is a great honor to chair the jury for the inaugural Scottish Games Awards. The quality of the nominees is a perfect indicator of the huge degree of talent that can be found in the Scottish games industry, and I look forward to the awards (and Scottish Games Week as a whole) serving as a catalyst for help the industry grow more and more. »
Angus Robertson, Culture Secretary, said: “Scotland enjoys a global reputation for games development, as the winners of the inaugural Scottish Games Awards have clearly demonstrated.
“This week’s focus on the dynamism of the gaming sector and its growth potential shows the industry’s important role in supporting our economy. The technology and creativity driving the sector has also brought benefits to other key areas such as education, healthcare, energy and financial services. »
Brian Baglow, Director of Scottish Games Week and Founder of the Scottish Games Network, said: “The level of creativity and technical expertise across Scotland is exceptional, as is the passion, enthusiasm and commitment we see in so many people across the entire gaming ecosystem. Today we celebrate those achievements and shine the spotlight on the people, organizations and games that make the Scottish games community such a vibrant and fun place.
“As the culmination of Scottish Games Week, these awards are a stake in the ground that proclaims that the games matter, that we have a significant role to play in Scotland’s future and that we are going to be a a much bigger, louder and more important part of Scotland’s digital future. »
The Scottish Games Awards concluded Scottish Games Week, a week of expert-curated events across Scotland, with events focused on bringing in the uninitiated, bringing together educational institutions and the games ecosystem.
Scottish Games Week is organized by the Scottish Games Network and is supported by the Scottish Government’s Ecosystem Fund, as part of its Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review (STER) programme. Scottish Games Week is sponsored by 4J Studios, Blackadders LLP, Johnston Carmichael, YAHAHA, Aream and Co, Escape Technology, 4Players, NLAE and The SQA. Scottish Games Week is supported by partners Barclays Eagle Labs, Barclays Games & Esports Team, CodeBase, Dimoso, GT Omega, Digital Xtra Fund and Citizen Ticket.
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