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You have one week left to nominate for an indie publishing award.

You can nominate your own company or an external team for awards that highlight excellence in indie games publishing during 2020. Awards categories include Investor of the Year, Publisher of the Year, PR & Marketing Campaign of the Year, Crowd-Funding Campaign of the Year, and more. The full list and details on the criteria are below.

You do not need to be an indie to take part in the awards, but you do need to have worked on an independent game. An independent game is a product made by a development team that does not have a larger parent company or is a publicly owned business.

To enter, you simply need to fill in the form through here. The deadline is Friday, February 26th

The winners will be announced via a special video on Thursday, April 15th as part of the GI Live: Online event.

Here are the criteria details. For any further questions, contact chris.dring@gamesindustry.biz.

Indie PR & Marketing Campaign of the Year

Who is eligible?
Any indie developer, publisher or agency that ran a strong PR & marketing campaign in 2020 for an independently-made video game. Campaigns can take in social media, online promotions, store activity, trailers, media coverage, and general advertising.

Judging criteria:
Effective communication with gamers through own channels and media (paid and organic)
Innovation and creativity in marketing and communication activity
Able to demonstrate influence on commercial performance
Impact vs size of the budget
Overall strategy approach

How do I make my opinion heard?
All readers can put forward a nominee via this form. Please include supporting campaign details, success metrics and any relevant testimonials.

Crowd-funding Campaign of the Year

Who is eligible?
Any indie developer or publisher that ran a successful crowd-funding campaign for a new indie game in 2020.

Judging criteria:
Strong communication with gamers and backers
Effective use of stretch goals
Influence on funding results
Media Coverage
Community engagement
Customer satisfaction

How do I make my opinion heard?
All readers can put forward a nominee via this form. Please include supporting campaign details, success metrics and any relevant testimonials.

Indie Publisher of the Year

Who is eligible?
Any indie publisher that published or supported one or more indie game in 2020, delivering strong commercial success and brand awareness.

Judging criteria:
Store relations
Product(s) coverage
Commercial performance
Marketing success
Developer relations

How do I make my opinion heard?
All readers can put forward a nominee via this form. Please include supporting details of successful products, including metrics, and any relevant testimonials.

Indie Investor of the Year

Who is eligible?
Any games investor of indie studios or games in 2020, who go beyond simply investing in the team, and works with teams to deliver growth, whilst respecting studio independence

Judging criteria:
Developer relationship(s)
Funding flexibility
Going beyond investment to support the team
Respecting studio independence
Connections
Demonstration of investment success

How do I make my opinion heard?
All readers can put forward a nominee via this form. Please include supporting details of any investment success, including metrics, and any relevant testimonials.

Indie Community Management of The Year

Who is eligible?
Any external and/or internal community team or individual that delivered excellent support for an indie game in 2020.

Judging criteria:
Influence on audience
Effective communication
Impact against budget
Creativity and innovation

How do I make my opinion heard?
All readers can put forward a nominee via this form. Please include supporting campaign details, success metrics and any relevant testimonials.

Storefront of the Year

Who is eligible?
Any games storefront that promoted or sold video games from indies in 2020.

Judging criteria:
Promotion of indie content
Discoverability of products
Commercial success for indie teams
Support for indie teams

How do I make my opinion heard?
All readers can put forward a nominee via this form. Please include any details of 2020 successes, including metrics and any relevant testimonials.

Unsigned Game of the Show

Who is eligible?
Any game without a publisher that was showcased as part of GI Live: Online

Judging criteria:
Innovation
Quality of demo/trailer
Effective pitch

How do I make my opinion heard?
This award is entirely judged by ReedPop journalists based on games submitted to GI Live: Online. Games that will be considered are titles included in the GI Live: Online showcase, and you must upload your game by Friday, April 2nd to be considered.

Special Recognition Award

Who is eligible?
Any individual or company who has achieved excellent support for the indie games community in 2020

Judging criteria:
The GamesIndustry.biz will pick a winner based on advice from the industry

How do I make my opinion heard?
Please email chris.dring@gamesindustry.biz with any individual or business who you feel should be recognised by Friday, February 26th.

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