Press Release by, IMGA
Florence wins the Grand Prix and walks off with two other awards.
San Francisco, CA (GDC) – 20 March 2019 – The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition. In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.
The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.
The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.
“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.
We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.
Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:
Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC
Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND
Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK
Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY
Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA
Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN
Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA
Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN
Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN
Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47
Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA
Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND
Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN
People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA
Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN
Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA
Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.
Created in 2004, the IMGA is the longest standing mobile games award program. With its long history and unique judging process, it has recognized some of the world’s most popular titles in their early days, such as Plants vs Zombies, Badland and Monument Valley. It is the only competition that unites the industry by celebrating excellence and innovation in games. In 2016 the IMGA launched local competitions in Southeast Asia, China, and Middle East North Africa, while keeping an international competition, rebranded IMGA Global.
To see more about this year’s winners and stay in tune with our upcoming international programs, go to www.imgawards.com.