Marseille, 25 January 2010. An international panel of 20 specialists has selected the 25 best new games for smartphones and regular mobile phones in the 6th annual International Mobile Gaming Awards. The selection was made from more than 150 entries spanning 36 countries, including the USA, Japan, China, the Netherlands, and France.
Stills and videos of the nominated games can be seen at www.imgawards.com.
According to the IMGA, 60% of all entries were iPhone applications, as opposed to 16% last year. Other platforms included Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Android, Maemo, and Linux.
The number of entries from North America doubled, although the most innovative games came from Europe.
The games, which can all be previewed at www.imgawards.com, cover an extremely rich spectrum of genres, from well-known titles like Glu's Glyder 2 and Nokia's Ovi Maps Racing to the low-tech avant garde location-based game Ulrike and Eamon by Blast Theory and the innovative casual puzzle game Ancient Frog Junior.
One of the jury members commented:
“The overall quality of entries has improved. There was a large pool of "really good" games to choose from. Graphics design, storyline and quality of marketing assets have improved tremendously.”
The winners of the Awards will be announced on 15 February at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the official IMGA Ceremony. Eight prizes will be handed out, including the prestigious IMGA Grand Prix.
These Awards will be handed out at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Ceremony will take place in the heart of App Planet, the Congress’s exhibition entirely dedicated to mobile games and apps, located in Hall 7 of the Fira Barcelona. App Planet will host more than 120 exhibiting companies and the GSMA expects between 3,000 and 5,000 mobile application developers to visit App Planet over four days.
Excellence in Design
Castle Warriors, GameResort LLC., USA
Twin Blades : The Reaping Vanguard, Press Start Studio, France
Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior Digital Legends Entertainment, Spain and India Games, India
Mike V: Do or Die– Skateboarding, Ratrod Studio Inc., Canada
Ancient Frog Jr., James Brown, New Zealand
Excellence in Connectivity
Iplay, Fabrication Games, Sweden
Krazy Kart Racing, Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH., Germany
Sniper Vs. Sniper, Com2uS, USA
Eliminate Pro, fortyseven communications USA
Age of Heroes Online, NOMOC Publishing ltd., Ukraine
Excellence in Game Play
MiniSquadron, Tak Fung, UK
Homerun Battle 3D (Android), Com2uS, USA
Inotia 2: A Wanderer of Luone, Com2uS, USA
Ovi Maps Racing, Nokia, Finland
Glyder 2, Glu Mobile, USA
Best Real World Game
Mister X Mobile, by Deutsche Telekom AG, Laboratories, Germany
Dark Orbit Ground Forces (as a game on GPS MIssion Pro), by Orbster GmbH, Germany
Ghost Patrol (as a game on GPS Mission Pro), by Orbster GmbH, Germany
Ulrike and Eamon, by Blast Theory, United Kingdom
Gbanga Santa, by Gbanga by Millform AG, Switzerland
Best Casual Game Award
Labyrinth 2, by Illusion Labs, Sweden
Angry Birds, by Rovio, Finland
3D Rollercoaster Rush, by Digital Chocolate, USA
I'm Destroyer, by Colorme (Beijing) Info Tech Co., Ltd. China
Wire Way, by Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH, Germany
About the IMGA
Created in 2004, the competition has become the Mobile Entertainment Industry’s leading showcase for groundbreaking innovations, exceptional quality, and new trends in mobile entertainment, whether made for iPhone, Flash, Symbian, Android, Microsoft, Java, Linux, BREW, or any other platform.
From October 15-January 18, developers could submit their games online at www.imgawards.com and compete in an international arena with top studios and individual developers from all over the world.
The Awards are sponsored by Euroméditerranée, ARM, NAVTEQ, Texas Instruments, and GetJar.
Awards will be given out in the following categories:
• Excellence in Design
• Excellence in Connectivity
• Excellence in Game Play
• Best Real World Game
• Best Casual Game Award
The following awards will also be presented:
• The International Mobile Gaming Grand Prix
• Operators’ Choice Award
• People’s Choice Award
These Awards will be handed out at GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Ceremony will take place in the heart of App Planet, the Congress’s exhibition entirely dedicated to mobile games and apps, located in Hall 7 of the Fira Barcelona.
Solely focused on the rapidly growing application developer community, App Planet at Mobile gress will bring together the many critical elements of the broad mobile application ecosystem together in one location. The inaugural App Planet event will feature application developer conferences; an interactive exhibition; the App Lounge for networking and business development activities; a dedicated, day-long conference programme on industry trends in mobile applications; and the Apps Garage, which will showcase cutting-edge GSMA initiatives in the mobile applications space. App Planet will host more than 120 exhibiting companies and the GSMA expects between 3,000 and 5,000 mobile application developers to visit App Planet over four days.
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