Designers should spend their time creating games that have a strong emotional connection to their players and an engaging story, says the game design industry’s most prestigious game design award.
In the first of its kind game design competition, the Society of Interactive Arts & Sciences (SIA) awarded three winners a $50,000 prize each.SIA is an organization of game designers who have dedicated their careers to creating innovative, interactive experiences for people across the world.
Its members include top game designers, game developers and publishers.
Sias prize has been awarded to winners in a variety of disciplines, including game design and programming, story, and game design.
The top three winners in the SIA game design design roundtables will each receive $50 in prize money and the opportunity to meet with the top game developers in the industry.
The finalists will be announced at the annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 10.
The competition is open to all levels of game design including AAA game developers, mobile game developers as well as indie developers.
Winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Sia headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, on December 4.
“The industry is moving into the 21st century,” said SIA President and CEO David Smith.
“Game design is a highly dynamic field that we’re thrilled to be supporting, but also looking forward to exploring further our field of inquiry.
SIA is proud to be a part of the game-design community and looks forward to seeing who is going to be the best in this field.”
Game Design Awards are a global celebration of game development and innovation.
The prize money is awarded to the top two winners in each round, with the winning game being announced at a gala at the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) in June.
The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000.
The SIA awards were created to honor game designers whose work demonstrates their ability to bring the most interesting, compelling, and interesting games to the marketplace.
The winner of the SISA game design awards will receive a $25,000 cash prize and an opportunity to participate in an industry event, as well.
The winners will be presented at an awards banquet in Chicago at the end of November.
“It’s exciting to see the field of games we’re in becoming more and more diverse, with games that span genres like first-person action games, first- person shooters, and first- and third-person combat games,” said Rob Hickey, president of the IGDA.
“The awards are also a way for us to celebrate the diversity in the game industry and to acknowledge the diversity of our industry.”
The SISAs first prize is for a first-time winning game design for a mobile game.
This prize will be awarded to a second-place winner of a game design from any of the other categories, plus one entry for a third-place runner-up and a runner-off winner of an award.
The game design finalists will each earn $25 in prize dollars and the chance to attend the SisA’s gala in Chicago on December 5.
Sia is the largest non-profit game design association in the world, with nearly 1,000 members.
Its mission is to promote excellence in game design by empowering its members to advance their career.
The SIA also supports a diverse and inclusive game industry through education and professional development.
For more information on the SIEA, go to www.sias.org or follow SIA on Twitter at @SIIA.
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