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Entries are now open for the first-ever Scottish Game Awards, highlighting outstanding achievements by those involved in the games ecosystem across Scotland.

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Open to all individuals and organizations involved in the games ecosystem in Scotland, the awards ceremony, which will take place at Malmaison, Dundee, on October 27, 2022, will be the epic culmination of the first-ever Scottish Games Week.

Given the disruption caused by Covid-related lockdowns and the cancellations of many major events since the start of 2020, the entry criteria for the Scottish Games Awards 2022 has been designed to encourage as many entries as possible. Therefore, entries that focus on work undertaken or games released from January 1, 2020 to August 31, 2022 are encouraged.

All Scottish Games Awards entries are free.

Registrations are open until 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2022, so submit your applications now.

The 12 categories of the Scottish Game Awards will recognize and champion talent across Scotland’s gaming ecosystem.

The full price list includes:

Crafting Rewards

  • Art and animation – The creative use of art or animated background in a game, or the use of game technology

  • Technical Achievement – ​​the outstanding use of new, innovative, or creative technology in a games context

  • Audio – The best use of audio in a gaming context

  • Creativity Award – Greatest, Most Innovative, or Unusual Application of Creativity in a Gaming Context

  • Best Tools/Technology – The best provision of technology or tools in a game context (may be for design, creation, publishing, distribution, monetization, etc.)

Education Awards

  • Best Educational Program – The most valuable educational program providing games-related skills in Scotland

  • Best Educator – The most valuable person involved in providing gaming skills in Scotland

Scottish Game of the Year

  • Low budget – Games with a budget of £0 to £10,000

  • Big Budget – Games with a budget from £10,000

Personal rewards

  • Diversity Champion – The person who has actively pushed for greater inclusion, equality and diversity within the Scottish Games ecosystem

  • The Stewart Gilray Award (Community Spirit) – The person who has helped, supported, nurtured and mentored others in the Scottish Games ecosystem

  • Lifetime Achievement – The person who has enjoyed continued success throughout their career within the Scottish games ecosystem

The Community Spirit Award was named in memory of Scottish game designer, Stewart Gilray. Stewart, who sadly lost out to COVID-19 in early 2022, was the founder of development studio Just Add Water, which produced some truly landmark games including Gravity Crash and the Oddworld series.

A range of experts from across the UK games ecosystem and the Scottish business community have generously volunteered their time to act as judges for the Scottish Games Awards. For the 2022 competition, the judges are:

  • Louise Blain (Chair): Freelance writer and presenter at BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland and NME

  • Brian Baird: Technical Director at Bethesda Games Studios Austin

  • Joe Donnelly: Features Editor at GamesRadar+

  • Alisdair Gunn: Director of Glasgow City Innovation District

  • Evelyn McDonald: CEO of Scottish Edge and board member of Scottish Design Exchange

  • Keza MacDonald: video game editor at The Guardian

  • Jim Trinca: games journalist and video producer

  • Jo Twist: CEO of UKIE

Louise Blain, the chair of the jury, said: “I am delighted that we have the opportunity to celebrate the dynamism of the Scottish games industry and I look forward to seeing what the jury will delve into.”

Apply here before 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2022. Scotland is brimming with talent in this industry and now is the time to show the world the exceptional work undertaken by developers, animators, sound designers and many more.

The Scottish Game Awards are the culminating event of Scottish Games Week, which runs from 24-28 October. Host a wide variety of events across the country, including More Than Games, an educational symposium, and a two-day SGW industry conference. Scottish Games Week was created to show the world that Scotland has a vibrant, pioneering and thriving games sector – it’s a key area of ​​the country’s digital and creative economies. The week-long event was led by industry leader Brian Baglow, alumnus of DMA Design and founder of the Scottish Games Network. Early bird tickets are available now via Citizen ticket until Friday, September 2.

For more on Scottish Games Week, visit gamesweek.scot