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Selected Projects / Development Awards

In the past eight years, Selected Projects has become the place for studios to showcase their creativity and originality, and to be recognized by their peers. In 2014, Game Connection wishes to bring this competition to the next level, showcasing and granting awards to even more projects.

Game Connection Development Awards will now feature 10 categories. Up to 50 projects can be nominated!

The new categories are:

  • Best Console / PC Hardcore
  • Best Mobile / Tablets
  • Best Desktop / Downloadable


  • Best Casual Game
  • Best Social Game
  • Best Hardcore Game


  • Excellence in Art
  • Excellence in Story & StoryTelling
  • Most Promising IP
  • Most Creative & Original Project



Developers worldwide have submitted their projects for the chance to take home the ultimate accolade of “Best Project”. The contest is open to console, mobile, social, casual, and online games at any stage of development with no restriction on genre, platform, or distribution method. All submissions are now assessed by the Judging Committee of international industry experts.

On the opening day of Game Connection, each of the finalists will be presented to all the publishers, distributors, buyers, and the press at the event. This presentation is a unique opportunity to have any number of potential partners assess the project with a view to entering individual discussions over the subsequent three days of the event.

Winners of each category will be announced at the end of each category presentation.

Game Connection Development Awards would like to thank its partner for making this event possible:




European Games Booster

For the first time ever, the Game Connection Development Awards has also featured the European Games Booster Awards.

In collaboration with the European Creative MEDIA program, the best European Union studio of each category will get special recognition (the list of eligible countries is in the conditions below). Promoting European project creation is very important, especially at a time when investors and key players from all over the world will be in the same room together in Paris.

Each nominee will receive a free pass to attend Game Connection (including a discount on any exhibitor option), plus a trailer spot in the dedicated Game Connection Development Awards lounge, bringing them valuable exposure to countless high level industry professionals.

"The Game Connection Development Awards program is designed to shed light on the most innovative and creative projects that we can find and offers additional exposure to those developers who are constantly pushing the industry forward," said Pierre Carde, CEO of Game Connection. "We are very excited for the Game Connection Development Awards to spotlight and award more projects than ever and we look forward to seeing what the newest crop of nominees will bring.

Previous winners include Loading Human from Untold Games, White Night from OSome Studio, Contrast from Compulsion Games, Badland from Frogmind, and Limbo from PlayDead