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NI Game Awards

Last month saw the first ever Northern Ireland Game Dev Awards. The event saw the largest ever Play My Demo, as well as the largest Vive multiplayer event Northern Ireland has ever seen, with 8 Vives played at once. This was also to celebrate the 4th year anniversary of the NI Game Dev Network on Facebook, now at over 400 members.

The event featured developers exhibiting their projects, as well as development mentors playing and critiquing work for project teams to improve on, which is what Play My Demo has always been about.

The Awards featured 4 categories – Rising Star, Community Award, Best Game and Best Studio. Without further ado, the winners are:

Rising Star

 Stephen Ferguson -  Prism Studios
Stephen Ferguson – Prism Studios

Community Award

 Kitty Crawford -  Blackstaff Games
Kitty Crawford – Blackstaff Games

Best Game & Studio

  Her Majesty's Spiffing  -  Billygoat Entertainment
Her Majesty’s Spiffing  – Billygoat Entertainment

All Nominees

 All winners and nominees from left to right - Will Barr, Kevin Beimers, Jim Murray, Paul, Donal Phillips, Kitty Crawford, Stephen Downey, Stephen Ferguson and Glenn Davidson
All winners and nominees from left to right – Will Barr, Kevin Beimers, Jim Murray, Paul, Donal Phillips, Kitty Crawford, Stephen Downey, Stephen Ferguson and Glenn Davidson

Organiser and brains behind the event and the NI Game Dev Group, Angela McKeown was also honored with a signed MVP award from attendees of the event, for her dedication and hard work to the community.

‘This has been a fantastic event – I think it’s really important for the local community here to acknowledge the great work happening in Northern Ireland, and I can’t think of a better way to do it; Angie has done an amazing job bringing this together. And what’s more is that I’ve seen a lot of new faces here tonight, which is great! I’m looking forward to more events like this in the future’ – Kitty Crawford, Chair at Games NI

Play My Demo events and Game NI Meet Ups will continue around the year, with a new Game Dev Hangout (link to opportunity page) having just been announced, were local developers can bring their laptops and work on projects with other devs. With the success of this years Award event, we’ll be looking forward to the next one.