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Pokémon Unite named the best game at Google Play awards

Pokémon Company, Riot Games, Devolver Digital and Inkle each win two accolades in 2021

Pokémon Unite has been named the best game of Google Play's Best of 2021 awards.

Google announced this year's winners via the app store's official blog, where the Pokémon MOBA was also among the Best Competitive titles.

Pokémon Unite is a joint venture between The Pokémon Company and Tencent-owned TiMi Studio Group. And it was one of four titles that won two accolades each.

Riot Games scored two victories with League of Legends: Wild Rift, a mobile-only version of its flagship MOBA -- the success of which was no doubt part of the drive behind the creation of Pokémon Unite. Wild Rift was also named in the Best Competitive category, as well as Best for Tablets.

Devolver Digital's over-the-top action title My Friend Pedro: Ripe For Revenge also won in two categories: Best for Tablets and Best Indies. Finally, Inkle's murder mystery Overboard was named among Best Game Changers and Best for Tablets.

Here's the full list of winners:

Best Game:

  • Pokémon Unite (TiMi Studio Group, The Pokémon Company)

User's choice:

  • Garena Free Fire Max (Garena)

Best Competitive:

  • League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)
  • Marvel Future Revolution (Netmarble)
  • Pokémon Unite (TiMi Studio Group, The Pokémon Company)
  • Rogue Land (Huuuge Games)
  • Suspects: Mystery Mansion (Wildlife Studios)

Best Game Changers:

  • Inked (Somnium Gammes)
  • JankenUP (Humita)
  • Knights of San Francisco (Raidead)
  • Overboard! (Inkle)
  • Tears of Themis (MiHoYo)

Best Pick Up & Play

  • Cats in Time - Relaxing Puzzle Game (Pine Studio)
  • Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! (King)
  • Disney Pop Town (Sundaytoz Corp)
  • Switchcraft: Magical Match 3 (Wooga)
  • Towers: Relaxing Puzzle (Jox Development)

Best Indies:

  • 7 Billion Humans (Tomorrow Corporation)
  • Bird Alone (George Batchelor)
  • Donut County (Ben Esposito)
  • My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge (Devolver Digital)
  • Puzzling Peaks EXE (AppSir)

Best for Tablets:

  • Chicken Police - Paint it Red! (HandyGames)
  • My Friend Pedro: Ripe for Revenge (Devolver Digital)
  • The Procession to Calvary (Nephilim Game Studios)
  • Overboard! (Inkle)
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)

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Jeffrey Rousseau: Jeffrey joined in March 2021. Based in Florida, his work focused on the intersectionality of games and media. He enjoys reading, podcasts, staying informed, and learning how people are tackling issues.
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