The Australian Game Developer Awards
The Australian Game Developer Awards are a national event celebrating outstanding games and individual achievements by Australian game developers.
Best Serious Game
Best Mobile Game
Best Ongoing Game (Game as a service)
Best Emerging Game
Studio of the Year
Game of the Year
The Adam Lancman Award
The Adam Lancman Award (excellence in the industry) honours an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to advocate for video games.
The Rising Star Award honours those who have made significant contributions to the Australian Games Industry in the past 1 – 5 years. They have become invaluable members to the community and show great talent in their field, constantly working to facilitate a better game community.
The Game Connect Award
Each year we would like to provide an award that is closely linked to the GCAP theme. This year’s award is for an individual or individuals within the industry who have forged a path not only for themselves, but others within the industry and provided connections to ensure success, both personally and professionally.
The 2020 AGDA’s will take place on the evening of Wednesday 7 October 2020. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions we aim to deliver the ceremony virtually and potentially have physical events in each State or Territory depending on restrictions and demand.
All winners will receive an award, acknowledgement in all related media activity, and on the official GCAP 20 website at https://gcap.com.au.
Make an entry
To be eligible:
- Games must be in digital format
- Games must be released between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.
- With regard to the Best Ongoing Game, this must have had a major update between 1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020
- Applicants must make release versions of the game digitally available to the judges
- Games that were nominated in previous years are not eligible for re-nomination with the exception of Best Ongoing Game.
- More than 50% of the game must have been developed in Australia and playable within Australia.
- You must provide valid contact information for each game submitted
- The game must be in a complete and working state and be clear what software and hardware is required to use the product. Games with non-commercial bespoke equipment required to play are ineligible
An entry fee of $30 applies to each game submitted. There is no charge for submissions for individual awards.
You can enter here
Please address the judging criteria which can be found here
All winners will be selected by the Australian Game Developer Judging Committee based on submissions received during the nomination period. The Award Committee is comprised of external experts, with a strong knowledge of the game development industry.
Games will be judged by the expert committee using the publicly available assessment criteria.
Submissions open 20 July 2020 and close 14 August 2020. No submissions will be received or acknowledged after this date.
The Judging Committee members are not paid for their contribution and will abstain from any votes in the event that a conflict of interest arises. The Judging Committee are bound by the following policies to ensure there are no conflicts of interest and that all entries are assessed fairly.
- If at any time, a judge feels like they have a conflict of interest with a game they have been given, they may choose to opt out of judging that game and we will pass it on to someone else.
- All games are judged by at least 4 people. All scores are then standardised to eliminate bias.
- If a judge has submitted their own game, they are unable to judge their own submission.
Decisions of the Awards Committee are final and no further correspondence will be entered into once judging is complete.
Finalists will be notified via email and publicly two weeks in advance of the AGDA ceremony.