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Disney Illusion Island wins Game of the Year at TIGA Awards 2023

Dlala Studios also received awards for Best Social Game and Best Small Studio

The UK trade body TIGA has revealed the winners of its annual awards, with Dlala Studios taking home the Game Of The Year award for Disney Illusion Island, which also won Best Social Game.

Ustwo Games won two prizes, including the Diversity Award and Creativity in Games for Desta: The Memories Between.

Sumo Digital won Best Large Studio, while Dlala Studios won Best Small Studio. Sumo Digital was also the first to win the new Best Talent Development Initiative category.

Two more categories were introduced this year: the Commitment To Workplace Wellbeing Award, which was won by Playground Games, and the Commitment to ESG, which was awarded to Rocksteady Studios.

HR director of Playground Games Geraldine Cross was given the Outstanding Individual Award, while Flix Interactive CEO John Tearle won the Outstanding Leadership Award.

The TIGA Awards 2023 took place last week at the Troxy London, with over 350 people in attendance.

Here's the full list of winners:

  • Game Of The Year 2023: Disney Illusion Island (Disney Games/Dlala Studios)
  • Best Arcade Game: MechHead (Staffordshire University)
  • Best QA and/or Localisation Provider: Testronic
  • Diversity Award: Desta: The Memories Between (Ustwo games)
  • Best Casual Game: PowerWash Simulator (Futurlab)
  • Heritage In Games: 878 AD: Winchester Revealed (Sugar Creative)
  • Best Educational, Serious or Simulation Game: Planet Planners (BBC/Mobile Pie)
  • Best Technical Innovation: Speech Graphics
  • Best Role-Playing Game: Silverpoint: The Game (BBC/Jollywise)
  • Best Audio Design: God of War Ragnarök (Sony Interactive Entertainment/Santa Monica Studio)
  • Best Social Game: Disney Illusion Island (Disney Games/Dlala Studios)
  • Best Action and Adventure Game: The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil In Me (Supermassive Games)
  • Best AR/VR Game: Synapse (NDreams)
  • Creativity in Games: Desta: The Memories Between (Ustwo games)
  • Best Small Studio: Dlala Studios
  • Best Puzzle Game: Love and Pies (Trailmix)
  • Best Audio Services Provider: PitStop Productions
  • Best Strategy Game: Starship Troopers: Terran Command (Slitherine Software UK)
  • Best Legal Services Provider: Lewis Silkin LLP
  • Outstanding Leadership Award: John Tearle, CEO, Flix Interactive
  • Best Recruitment Agency: Amiqus
  • Best Art/Animation Trailer Supplier: TrailerFarm
  • Best Publisher: Rebellion
  • Best Services Provider: Airship Interactive
  • Best Visual Design: Horizon Call of the Mountain (Sony Interactive Entertainment/Guerrilla)
  • Best Education Initiative: Birmingham City University
  • Best Talent Development Initiative: Sumo Group
  • Best Educational Institution: Norwich University of the Arts
  • Best Large Studio: Sumo Digital
  • Commitment To ESG: Rocksteady Studios
  • Commitment To Workplace Wellbeing: Playground Games
  • Employer Of The Year 2023: Dovetail Games
  • Outstanding Individual Of The Year 2023: Geraldine Cross, HR Director, Playground Games

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Sophie McEvoy: Sophie McEvoy is a Staff Writer at She is based in Hampshire and has been a gaming & entertainment journalist since 2018.
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