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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 wanted 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 can submit 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 will be assessed by a 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.



Thanks to our partners:

              Bandai Namco Games   Microsoft Studios    

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 Area, 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