Independent Games Festival Awards Nominees Announced

Awards will be given out during GDC in March.


The Independent Games Festival has announced its nominees for this year's awards, with critically-acclaimed indie games like Night in the Woods and Baba is You topping the list with multiple nominations.

In total, 35 games have been nominated for the awards, which will be given out in March at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. It'll be hosted by Trent Kusters, co-founder of League of Geeks, the Australia-based development team behind Armello.

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The most-nominated game is Baba is You, a puzzle game that allows players to alter the rules and game logic to help them solve puzzles. The adventure game Night in the Woods, known for its exploratory gameplay and iconic cat characters, has received several nominations too, and so has Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, a sadistic climbing game that rewards players who reach the top of the mountain. All three games are nominated for the $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize, along with West of Loathing, Into the Breach, and Heat Signature.

The IGF awards will be announced immediately before the Game Developers Choice Awards, which highlights all sections of video game development. Follow GameSpot for full coverage of the winners, and check out the full list on nominees below.

The alt.ctrl.GDC award is also returning to IGF Awards. For the second year, it will honor the most creative and unique video game controller, with a prize of $3,000 given out to the winning game. IGF Award winners will receive more than $50,000 of prizes in various categories, both the IGF Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremonies are available to attend for all GDC 2018 pass-holders. They'll also be livestreamed online.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Excellence in Visual Art

Excellence in Audio

Excellence in Design

Excellence in Narrative

Nuovo Award

Best Student Game

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