The Imagination Gaming Game Awards 2017 Have Arrived!

The Imagination Gaming Game Awards 2017 Have Arrived!

Imagination Gaming banner with logo and dinosaur playing pieces

This week, Imagination Gaming announce our 5th annual, global, hobby-game awards competition… and the introduction of a new, overall award… THE BIGGY!


The ‘IG Game Awards’ seek out the finest in family and educational games. Created by Nigel Scarfe and Chris Standley at Imagination Gaming, the awards are taking place for the fifth consecutive year with the final date for entries being Friday 28th of April 2017.

This year’s awards are now accepting entries from companies world-wide, large and small, and focus on finding and promoting the very best educational and family orientated board, card and dice based table-top games available. The nominated entrants are used as a cornerstone of Imagination Gaming’s daily events and programmes for education nationwide, and are of special interest to those working in education and the relevant distribution channels.

Solely funded by Imagination Gaming and independently assessed by panels of experienced educational professionals and family game enthusiasts, the awards cover specific categories to recognise the benefits all ages can get from combining fun and skill development.


Categories include:

Best Maths Game
Best Literacy Game
Best Cross-Curriculum Game
Best Family Game, Excelled In Schools Award
Family Classic Award
UKGE Family Zone Players’ Choice Award

***and new for 2017, the Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year award – The ‘BIGGY‘***


The games considered however are not necessarily designed for education, and the previous year’s submissions have covered (and rewarded), a wide spectrum of games from table-top ‘geeky-gamer’ type games to skills focussed games for children and adults alike. These are exactly the games that Imagination Gaming uses to engage, enthuse, educate and to promote interaction with crucial social and curriculum based life skills. There is no substitute for great content, mechanics and design, and the awards recognise this.

This year’s awards are supported by a dedicated section of the website here, and social media conversation driving involvement throughout the process. The build-up and awards culminate in all the games featuring in Imagination Gaming’s ‘hands on’ Family Zone hall at this year’s UK Games Expo 2nd -4th of June.

As the nomination process unfolds entries will appear live on their website and be highlighted across social media, with the winners announced early June. All details including how to submit games can be found via our awards section, with updates via Facebook and Twitter pages using #iggameawards.

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