31 October 2017
Victorian game developers took six of thirteen prizes at the 2017 Australian Game Developer Awards.
Presented by the Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) as part of the Games Connect Asia Pacific conference, the Australian Game Developer Awards recognise excellence and innovation in Australian-made games.
The prestigious Studio of the Year title went to Opaque Space, crowning a stellar year for the Melbourne-based virtual reality company. The win follows a recent announcement that the company will partner with Boeing to development VR training modules for the Starliner spacecraft.
Opaque Space was also named co-winner of the of the Game of the Year award for narrative-driven virtual reality title Earthlight: Arcade, a game developed in partnership with NASA.
The Adam Lancman Award for community recognition went to Tony Lay, the general manager of Victorian development company Firemonkeys. According to the GDAA, the award "honours an individual or individuals who have helped the game industry advance to a better place, either through facilitating a better game community from within, or by reaching outside the industry to be an advocate for video games and help further our art".
League of Geeks producer Lisy Kane was recognised with an Industry Champion Award, following her inclusion in the Forbes Magazine’s ’30 Women Under 30’ list in 2017. Kane was recognised for her work as a founder of Girl Geek Academy, a start-up that encourages women to embrace technology and launch tech-focused businesses.
Seven Australian games were recognised with AGDA Awards for their unique achievements in terms of visual aesthetic, design and innovation, technical excellence, audio and compositional aesthetic, narrative, accessibility and representation. Two Victorians companies were included on this list: Tin Man Games for Miss Fisher and the Deadly Maze and Robot Circus for Ticket to Earth.
The Australian Game Developer Awards were presented as part of Melbourne International Games Week 2017, the largest celebration of digital games in the Asia Pacific.
The Game Developers Association of Australia is supported by Creative Victoria.