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The finalists for 2018

The finalists for the inaugural Mobile Games Awards 2018 have been announced!

After an extensive lobbying process and many hours of deliberation, we can now reveal the shortlist.

 

What happens next?

Most of the awards will be voted for by a panel industry judges, recognising the hard work of the teams and individuals that have shined over the last year. The Pocket Gamer People’s Choice Award will be in the hands of the gamers themselves over the next few weeks.

 

The first ever Mobile Games Awards presentation evening will take place on the second night of Pocket Gamer Connects London 2018 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

It will be hosted at the prestigious BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London.
Don’t forget to register for a ticket to attend the Mobile Games Awards evening.

And best of luck to all the finalists and a big thanks to everyone who lobbied!

And the finalists for 2018 are:

Nominate Game of the Year

GAME OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the best mobile game released over the last year based on creativity, innovation and success.
To be eligible for this award, games must have been given a full release from November 1st 2016 onwards.

• Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – DeNA / Nintendo
• Battle Bay – Rovio Entertainment
• Golf Clash – Playdemic
• Guns of Boom – Game Insight
• Homescapes – Playrix
• Iron Marines – Ironhide Games
• Lineage 2: Revolution – Netmarble
• Monument Valley 2 – Ustwo
• Titanfall: Assault – Particle City
• Warhammer Quest 2 – Perchang

BEST DEVELOPER

Any mobile games company with 11 or more staff that has released a game, or successfully grown an existing game, during the last year, as well as successfully expanded their business and made an impact on the industry through innovation, creativity and other initiatives.

• DeNA
• Gram Games
• Hutch
• Netmarble
• Outplay Entertainment
• Playdemic
• Playrix
• Roblox
• Rovio Entertainment
• Supercell

Nominate Best Indie Developer

BEST INDIE DEVELOPER

This accolade recognises the achievements of a team of up to 10 developers that have released a game, or successfully grown an existing game, during the last year.

• Adriaan de Jongh & Sylvain Tegroeg
• Edgeworks Entertainment
• Fat Fish Games
• Foxglove Studios
• Juppiomenz
• Part Time Monkey
• Perchang
• Robot Circus
• Rumpus Animation
• Team Ocmo

Nominate Best Publisher

BEST PUBLISHER

Any company that has supported another developer in releasing a game on mobile devices during the last year, whether through publishing support, marketing, co-development or investment.

• Flaregames
• iDreamSky
• Ketchapp
• Kongregate
• Miniclip
• Nexon M
• Scopely
• Spil Games
• Tencent
• Voodoo

Nominate Best Development Tool

BEST DEVELOPMENT TOOL

This award is open to any company providing development tools that help developers make games on mobile platforms be that full game engines or related design tools.

• Corona
• Defold
• GameMaker Studio 2
• Haxe
• Megacool
• Roblox Studio
• Unity
• Unreal Engine

Nominate Best Back-End Solution

BEST BACKEND SOLUTION

This award recognises the companies that are supporting live games on the market through back-end services to ensure game servers run smoothly and help developers implement special online features.

• ChilliConnect
• GameSparks
• Heroic Labs
• Photon
• PlayFab
• XtraLife

Nominate Best Advertising & UA

BEST ADVERTISING & UA

This accolade is for companies that support the ecosystem through enabling user acquisition or monetisation through advertising and are helping to drive this fast-growing business in games and developers to acquire more users.

• Apponboard
• Facebook
• Google Ads
• Ironsource
• Leadbolt
• Unity Ads
• Vungle
• Zorka.mobi

Nominate Best Marketing Campaign

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

This award recognises the best developer-run or third-party-run marketing campaigns over the last year that led to a game’s growth. This can be through any medium, including online, TV or other.

Angry Birds Evolution: Tribute to Iron Maiden – Rovio Entertainment
Clash of Clans Builder campaign – Supercell
Fastlane: Road to RevengeSpace Ape Games
Final Fantasy A New Empire: Alexis Ren influencer campaign – MZ
Gear.Club & Pagani joint launch 2.5M$ Huayra Roadster car – Eden Games
Into the Dead 2 – Launch campaign – PikPok
Nonstop Chuck NorrisFlaregames
Don’t Download Best Fiends Forever – Seriously

Nominate Best Analytics/Data Tool

BEST ANALYTICS/DATA TOOL

Any company that supports developers and publishers develop their games and run marketing campaigns through analytics tools and/or providing data on market performance.

• App Annie
• AppsFlyer
• Apptica
• DeltaDNA
• GameAnalytics
• GameRefinery
• Pricing Cloud
• Reflection

Nominate Best QA & Localisation Service Provider

BEST QA & LOCALISATION SERVICE PROVIDER

This accolade awards companies that have supported mobile games over the last year in the areas of quality assurance and localisation, ensuring that both new releases and updates go live with as few problems as possible and are localised appropriately for target markets.

• Amber Studio SRL
• GameScribes
• Indienova
• Keywords
• LocalizeDirect
• Pole To Win
• Testronic
• Universally Speaking

Nominate Best Technological Innovation

BEST TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

Any developer or technology company that is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on mobile devices through a new technology, be it hardware or software. This can be an innovative tool or unique use of technology that benefits the industry as a whole.

• ARCore
• ARKit
• Daydream
• Facebook Instant Games
• Fitness Village
• Gamee
• Hatch
• Razer Phone

Nominate Best Game Management & Live Ops

BEST GAME MANAGEMENT & LIVE OPS

This award recognises the impact of significant updates, in-game events or excellent community management over the last year for games released in 2016 or before, that have helped take a game to the next level and sustain a title’s life.

Angry Birds 2 – Rovio Entertainment
Clash of Clans – Supercell
CSR Racing 2 – Zynga / NaturalMotion
Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle – Bandai Namco
Gardenscapes – Playrix
Pearl’s Peril – Wooga
Pokemon GO – Niantic
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land – Next Games

Nominate Best Recruitment Agency

BEST RECRUITMENT AGENCY

Any recruitment agency that over the last year has supported mobile game companies in finding and employing the best staff to develop new games, create new tools or offer key services.

• Aardvark Swift
• Amiqus
• Datascope
• Games Jobs Finland
• Interactive
• OPM Response
• Scede
• Skillsearch

Nominate Mobile Legend

MOBILE LEGEND

This special lifetime achievement award recognises a person from anywhere in the world who has achieved a considerable amount of success in their career and has acted as a pioneer in the mobile games space.

The Mobile Legend is a special award to recognise an outstanding contribution to the mobile games industry selected directly by the organisation committee of the Mobile Games Awards.

TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

Nominate the Pocket Gamer People's Choice

POCKET GAMER PEOPLE’S CHOICE

This is the only award voted for by consumers and recognises the best new game that received a full release during the last year. This award will be open for voting through PocketGamer.co.uk, with the winner revealed on the night.

The People’s Choice Award will be shortlisted by the expert journalists at Pocket Gamer and voted for directly by the games playing public directly on www.pocketgamer.co.uk

TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

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