Watch the IGF & Game Developers Choice Awards livestream here

The show goes on digitally for the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards. Watch the full livestream here.


The Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice Awards are normally the more festive moments of the annual Game Developers Conference. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in this year's convention being canceled, which also means that the live award presentation has likewise been halted. However, the show must go on, so the people at GDC are bringing this year's awards directly to you at home.

Watch the IGF & Game Developers Choice Awards livestream here

This year's ceremonies will air on March 18 at 5PM PT/8PM ET. The full show is available on Twitch or you can watch the full stream embedded above.

The Game Developers Choice Awards honor the best games of the year, with award recipients chosen by a panel of game developers. They honor creativity, artistry, and technical genius over the course of the year. Nominees have not been posted to the Game Developers Choice Awards website at this time.

The GDCAs are being held in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival, with those awards also being handed out. Here are the categories and nominees.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Eliza (Zachtronics)
  • A Short Hike (Adam Robinson-Yu)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House)
  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Slay the Spire (Mega Crit Games)
  • Anodyne 2: Return to Dust (Sean Han Tani & Marina Kittaka)

Excellence in Visual Art

  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Knights and Bikes (Foam Sword)
  • Void Bastards (Blue Manchu)
  • Creature in the Well (Flight School Studio)
  • Eastward (Pixpil)
  • Stone Story RPG (Martian Rex / standardcombo)

Excellence in Audio

  • Observation (No Code)
  • Vectronom (Ludopium)
  • Astrologaster (Nyamyam)
  • Knights and Bikes (Foam Sword)
  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House)

Excellence in Design

  • Katana ZERO (Askiisoft)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Megagon Industries)
  • Slay the Spire (Mega Crit Games)
  • A Short Hike (Adam Robinson-Yu)
  • Elsinore (Golden Glitch)
  • Patrick's Parabox (Patrick Traynor)

Excellence in Narrative

  • Mutazione (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Heaven's Vault (inkle)
  • Elsinore (Golden Glitch)
  • Wide Ocean, Big Jacket (Turnfollow)
  • Eliza (Zachtronics)
  • LIONKILLER (Sisi Jiang)

Nuovo Award

  • Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 (Cosmo D)
  • Infini (Barnaque)
  • The Space Between (Christoph Frey)
  • Life Tastes Like Cardboard (Demensa)
  • Promesa (Julián Palacios)
  • Song of Bloom (Philipp Stollenmayer)
  • The Longing (Studio Seufz)
  • PAGAN: Autogeny (Oleander Garden)

Best Student Game

  • Orbital Bullet (SmokeStab)
  • A Juggler's Tale (kaleidoscube)
  • Forgotten (Mutiny Games)
  • Neon Beats (OKYO Games)
  • BORE DOME (Goblin rage)
  • Nothing In Sight (Nothing In Sight Team)

Honorable mentions can be found on the IGF website.

If you can't watch the IGF & Game Developers Choice Awards livestream, be sure to come back later in the evening after the show is over. Shacknews will have a full list of winners available for you to browse at your leisure.

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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    March 18, 2020 3:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Watch the IGF & Game Developers Choice Awards livestream here

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      March 18, 2020 5:03 PM

      Pinging this as it is about to start

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        March 18, 2020 5:07 PM

        IGF presentation bringing the 80s cheese.

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          March 18, 2020 5:09 PM

          omg they are "daddy dating" personify the various publishers and storefronts.

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          March 18, 2020 5:13 PM

          Best Student Game: Bore Dome
          Audience Award; A Short Hike (WHICH IS STILL FREE ON EGS !!!)

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          March 18, 2020 5:18 PM

          Excellence in Audio: Mutazione (ALSO FREE ON EGS UNTIL TOMORROW)
          Excellence in Narrative: Heaven's Vault

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          March 18, 2020 5:24 PM

          Excellence in Design: Patrick's Parabox
          Excellence in Visual Art: Knights and Bikes

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          March 18, 2020 5:29 PM

          Nuovo Award - The Space Between

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          March 18, 2020 5:32 PM

          Seumas McNally Grand Prize: A Short Hike (AGAIN STILL FREE ON EGS!)

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        March 18, 2020 5:36 PM

        Now switching to GDC with Kim Swift hosting

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          March 18, 2020 5:38 PM

          Best Debut: ZA/UM for Disco Elysium

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          March 18, 2020 5:40 PM

          Innovation Award: Baba Is You

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          March 18, 2020 5:43 PM

          Best Technology: Control

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          March 18, 2020 5:45 PM

          Best Narrative: Disco Elysium

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          March 18, 2020 5:54 PM

          Best Audio: Control

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          March 18, 2020 5:57 PM

          Best VR/AR: Vader Immortal

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          March 18, 2020 5:59 PM

          Best Mobile Game: What the Golf?

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          March 18, 2020 6:02 PM

          Best Visual Art: Control

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          March 18, 2020 6:11 PM

          Best Design: Baba Is You

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          March 18, 2020 6:14 PM

          Audience Award: Sky: Children of the Light

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          March 18, 2020 6:18 PM

          And finally, GOTY: HONK!

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