Are you a games designer, publisher or distributor with some great games to shout about?
Well here’s your chance… but only until April 28th, 2017!
Below you will find everything you need to know about submitting your games for next year's Imagination Gaming Family & Education Game Awards, and why it could be just the thing for you...
This is a chance for your games to gain more exposure with a wider community of players and industry onlookers, and for great games to get the recognition they deserve. After the fantastic success of previous IG Game Awards, it's time to find more new games from around the world to celebrate and for us to help bring them to a wider audience.
We are now compiling nominations for each category, and including games from two main sources.
Submissions from games manufacturers and distributers worldwide.
Nominated games from our Imagination Gaming Games Club Days and Activity Workshops
Why Submit A Game?!
We accept entries without bias or prejudice from individuals and companies large and small
Every game we receive will be recognised and reviewed for the Awards process. Obviously!
Games will be featured throughout the process via our own social media and friends, as well as articles, which are followed by games companies and distributors as well as game players of all interests.
All games will immediately be looked at for potential inclusion for use in our daily Schools, Libraries, Events and Community Groups nationwide! This is what we do full time and the best exposure to the general public your game could wish for.
Exposure AND demonstration at the UK's largest annual Games Expo. We will be taking every submitted game to our massive Family Zone at this year's UK Games Expo at the beginning of June. Everyone exhibiting at and visiting Expo - designers, manufacturers, distributors and 1000's of games enthusiasts will be able to have those games demonstrated by one of our superb team, as well as then vote for those games shortlisted in the Imagination Gaming, UK Games Expo Players choice Award.
After all that… it's FREE! We do not charge any kind of fee or commission, we just require a quantity of each game to be submitted and anything you have to help us promote it.
We are currently cataloguing the entries we have already received for this year's awards, you will be able to see all of those and any you send very soon.
What We Need From You
In order to judge and run the awards, we need your games! Unlike other award processes we do not charge for entry, but we do need to fund the process somehow... so...
In previous years, instead of a costly fee, we asked all entrants to provide a quantity of each game entered. This approach was met with much approval and made the awards much more accessible to games-makers world-wide. This provided us with a demonstration copy for judging, a potential copy for the prize pool, and a small amount of stock to take to UK Games Expo.*
This serves 3 purposes:
- The ability to provide a huge prize pool of new games for a competition, gives further opportunity to raise awareness of the games submitted and the awards themselves, as well as help make it all possible. This is a great point of interest for attention not only to the awards website, but across our collective social media outlets via sharing and our family events. Lots more chance for your game to be seen!
- A truly unique section in this years Expo to display and sell your games in front of the thousands of visitors there and further create even more publicity for your games in front of UK games media, enthusiasts, distributers and the industry as a whole.
- The new website, the management of the administration and judging throughout the event and the costs of running the activities at UK Games Expo are all funded solely by Imagination Gaming. While we realise this may not be easy for everyone, for most the cost to supply extra games would be a fraction of any entry fee and the sale of these games will help in a small way to support our efforts this year.
We are confident that you would agree that this will be mutually beneficial to us both and provide an extra level of exposure your games to a wider audience. The games you can send in this manner will be greatly appreciated and crucial to support the process.
*We are aware that providing stock may be difficult in certain situations, such as newly developed games or limited runs for non-published games. We would still like to see those games so do contact us and we can discuss options, we could be just the platform you need!
YOU need to:
Email Us. (See below)
Send Us Your Games. (See below)
The CLOSING DATE for receiving this year's entries is APRIL 28th 2017.
All games MUST be received by us before, or on that date, but please get them to us as soon as you can. We will start looking at games as soon as they arrive and even though all games will be equally available to the judges after the above date, the quicker we get them the more chance we have to get to know them and spread the word!
Then WE will:
Assemble and playtest ALL submitted games and publicise.
Finalise nomination lists for all categories and publicise.
Release all the nominated games to our judges, who will be gathering to further playtest and review at any one of a series of closed games events .They will then vote.
Take ALL nominated games to UK Games Expo at the end of May, where they will be both on display as nominees and available to demo to visitors, exhibitors and traders all weekend. Here we will have a dedicated area just for shortlisted games to be played and judged throughout the weekend to decide the UKGE Players Choice Award.
Winners will be announced and notified of their success on following this years UK Games Expo, w/c 5th June
If you would like to submit any game(s) for consideration for any of the above awards and to have your game seen and played at the UK Games Expo, here's what to do…
1. Email Us
Please notify us of any intended submissions or enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we know you are intending to submit game(s), we will acknowledge your email by reply, with detail of exactly which information we need and how to send it to us.
2. Send Us Your Games ... as early as possible!
Complete details for this process will be included in your acknowledgement email.
All games should be sent to the following address: (all games received will be acknowledged via email)
THE IG FAMILY & EDUCATION AWARDS 2017
c/o The IQ Games Centre
23 Byram Street
Good To Know…
Remember - Schools, Parents and Educators and Organisations really value the work we do and equally value our recommendations for games to suit a wide range of needs, for education, for engagement, and most, importantly for fun!
These awards are wholly and solely supported by Imagination Gaming and our Games Club Network. No preferential treatment will be given under any circumstance and this process is not sponsored by any other company.
Our reputation matters and we really look forward to seeing your games building the audience they deserve!