The Independent Game Developers’ Association, better known as TIGA, is a non-profitable organization. It has been representing the game developers and other digital publishers in Europe and UK. TIGA was founded back in 2001 by Patricia Hewitt with the intention to develop such businesses that will have a positive impact on the economy of the country. The idea was to gather all the game developers under one roof where they can compete and excel. The idea of a global platform took the world like a storm and the game developers, seeking their fame, got indulged in TIGA. The game developers consider TIGA Award as the Nobel Prize of the gaming industry and strive hard to get their games shortlisted.
TIGA has been awarding the best games since 2012 in almost 35 categories. TIGA is the flag for all the game developers and the digital publishers to present their core values to the world. The organization aims to strengthen and unite all the game developers for the better development of gaming industry. The arena of TIGA is rocking with the power of game developers.
Currently, TIGA awards the titles in 35 categories depending upon the nature of the games. Primarily, the award is categorized as:
A formal procedure is employed to declare the finals and the winners in the different categories. TIGA processes all the games taking part in the competition. It shortlists some of the games from each category and later a panel of judges decides the finalists and winners. TIGA declares the winners in the TIGA Awards Ceremony.
Game of the Year Award
Game of the Year award is declared by the public through a formal procedure. TIGA shortlists all the games entering the arena. It enlists all the shortlisted games on its website, providing an open link for public voting. After the deadline, TIGA records all the votes and declares the winner at the TIGA Awards Ceremony.
A Winner’s Feeling
The greatest attraction that makes the game developers and digital publishers to strive for being the winner is:
- Industrial appreciation and acknowledgement at the Awards Ceremony that is attended by numerous industrial leaders.
- TIGA Trophy
- Global recognition through TIGA press that is covered by the national press as well.
- Special commendation on TIGA’s website.
- A Winner’s Logo” for public reputation.
Being a TIGA award finalist is a significant achievement itself as TIGA provides the finalists with:
- Coverage in the official press releases and the official marketing emails.
- Commendation on TIGA Award’s website and promotion through publications.
A Glimpse at Past
Here is a list of all the winners who rocked the arena in the past years.
|Payload Studios: Terra Tech||Evil Twin Artworks – Victory At Sea||Facepalm Games, The Swapper||Thechineseroom – Dear Esther|
|Supermassive Games: Until Dawn||Reflections, a Ubisoft studio – Watch Dogs||Curve Studios, Stealth Inc.||Rebellion and 505 Games – Sniper Elite V2|
|Red Phantom Games: Minutes||FuturLab – Velocity 2X||SFB Games, Haunt the House: Terrortown||FuturLab – Velocity|
|Rebellion: Zombie Army Trilogy||4J Studios – Minecraft Console Edition||Sumo Digital, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed||4J Studios – Minecraft XBLA|
|Chilled Mouse: Chime Sharp||SFB Games Limited – Detective Grimoire||tormcloud Games Limited, Mr Shingu’s Paper Zoo||First Touch Games Ltd – Score! Classic Goals|
|Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio: Grow Home||Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Honeyslug & Sony Santa Monica – Hohoku||Sony Computer Entertainment Europe – London Studio, Diggs Nightcrawler||NaturalMotion Games – CSR Racing|
|Legendary Games: Year 0: Tactics||Investigate North – Cloud Chamber||Wonderstruck, Polycraft||Denki – Quarrel XBLA|
|Sony Computer Entertainment Europe: LittleBigPlanet3||Village Life||Mediatonic, Amateur Surgeon 3||Eutechnyx Ltd – Auto Club Revolution|
|Game with Purpose
|GamelabUK: The Boris Games||Switch Galaxy Ultra||Aardman Animations, Full Steam Ahead||–|
|Game with Purpose
|Aardman Animations: Sustainable Shaun||Xbox Fitness||–||–|
|Diversity||Team 17 Digital Ltd / Tiger & Squid: Beyond Eyes David Smith: Interactive Selection for his work with Women in Games||–||–||–|
|Debut Game||Freejam: Robocraft Unleashed||
|Playground Games, Forza Horizon||thechineseroom – Dear Esther|
|Original Game||Sony Computer Entertainment Europe: Bloodborne||Sony Computer Entertainment Europe / Media Molecule – Tearaway||Sony Computer Entertainment Europe – London Studio, Wonderbook: Book of Spells||thechineseroom – Dear Esther|
|Audio Design Award||Radiant Worlds: SkySaga||Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2||Pinewood Studios||thechineseroom – Dear Esther|
|Visual Design Award||Ninja Theory: DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition||Playground Games – Forza Horizon 2||Facepalm Games, The Swapper||thechineseroom – Dear Esther|
|Publisher||Sony Computer Entertainment Europe||Team17||Curve Digital||NaturalMotion Games|
|Startup||Playtonic Games||Just a Pixel||Playrise Digital Ltd||thechineseroom|
|Engines, Middleware, Tools and Tech||Marmalade||CENTROID 3D||Geomerics||GamesAnalytics|
|Game Design||–||Rebellion – Sniper Elite 3||Playground Games, Forza Horizon||Games – The Room|
|Game of the Year Award||Space Ape Games: Rival Kingdoms||4J Studios – Minecraft Console Edition||Future Games Of London – Hungry Shark Evolution||Double Eleven Limited – LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita|
A Promising 2016
TIGA will be arranging the Awards Ceremony this year on Thursday, 10th November at Christ Church Spitalfields, London. The event will feature some of the most stunning and mind-blowing games with some of the leading names in the gaming industry.
This year, several games made their way to the shortlisted finalists and are now seeking the Judges’ decision to be declared as the winners.
Best Role Playing Game
Last years’ winners are not a part of the shortlisted games this time. However, TIGA has shortlisted two games by Warner Bros, so it seems as if Warner Bros will rock the arena this year. The Batman Arkham Knight has been rated 9.2/10 at IGN and Hue is rated 8.6. Arkham Knight’s excellent rating can make it lead the competitors.
Micro Machines has been rated 7.0 at IGN; Rebellion’s Raceline has been awarded 4 out of 5 stars at touch arcade and users have awarded Ubisoft’s Grow Up only 6.4 points at Metacritic. Sony had been rocking in the past years, but there are chances that Rebellion will take the award this year.
DiRT Rally has been rated 8.9 at IGN, while Racing Revolved has been awarded 9/10 stars at Steam. Rebellion’s Raceline CC has also been shortlisted in Racing Category and probably it will make its mark. Mantis Burn Racing has got 8.9/10 user review at Metacritic. DiRT Rally and Mantis Burn will give us a real show.
Prison Architect has got 8.0 user review and 80 meta rating at Metacritic. Imperial hero has got 4.1 stars at Google PlayStore. Total War: WARHAMMER has been rated 7.3 by users, but it has got 86 meta rating. Rebellion’s BattleZone 98 Redux has got 8.6 user score at Metacritic, and it seems as if Rebellion will rock the party here too.
At Metacritic, users have rated 8.2; while, Miniclip’s Agar.io has got 4.5/5 stars at touch arcade. Lego Dimensions has got 7.7 stars at IGN. Miniclip’s games have been taking the world like a storm, but there will be a healthy competition among Agar.Io and Hue. Probably, Agar.io will win the TIGA Trophy.
Apparently, Team17 or Sony will win the best publisher’s award as these two publishers have been the winners of the past years. Metacritic has awarded Sony 68 Average 30 career score.
This year, the special award will be the outstanding individual award that will be decided by TIGA.
Game of the Year
TIGA has shortlisted almost 350+ games this year for the award of Game of the Year, and the public vote will decide the winner.
So get ready for the TIGA Awards Ceremony that will be held on November 10th. Which games, do you think, will win the trophy and rock the arena this year? Comment about your suggestions and recommendations.