GDC: Minecraft wins top IGF award

By Steve Watts, Mar 03, 2011 12:30pm PST

Minecraft took top honors at this year's Independent Games Festival awards, snagging both the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game, and the Audience Award selected by the community.

Other notable recipients include BIT.TRIP RUNNER for Excellence in Visual Art, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent for Excellence in Audio, Technical Excellence, and the Direct2Drive Vision Award.

"This year's record number of entrants were some of the highest quality we've yet seen in the festival" said chairman Brandon Boyer in the announcement. "Congratulations to all the winners, who continue to raise the bar for what independent games can achieve."

This is the 13th year for the IGF awards, which has previously honored indie hits like Braid and World of Goo. Check out the full list of this year's winners below:

    Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($20,000)

      Minecraft, by Mojang

    Nuovo Award ($5,000)

      Nidhogg, by Messhof

    Excellence in Visual Art ($2,500)

      BIT.TRIP RUNNER, by Gaijin Games

    Excellence in Audio ($2,500)

      Amnesia: The Dark Descent, by Frictional Games

    Excellence in Design ($2,500)

      Desktop Dungeons, by QCF Design

    Best Student Game ($2,500)

      FRACT, by University of Montreal

    Technical Excellence ($2,500)

      Amnesia: The Dark Descent, by Frictional Games

    Best Mobile Game ($2,500)

      Helsing's Fire, Ratloop

    Audience Award ($2,500)

      Minecraft, by Mojang

    Direct2Drive Vision Award ($10,000)

      Amnesia: The Dark Descent, by Frictional Games

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