It’s a great time to be a part of the Western Australian games community, and we’re very happy to be able to share news of the success of local game-makers with you. In the last month the 25th WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Alliance (WAITTA) Incite Awards took place, as did the 28th WA Screen Awards (WASAs). At these prestigious events the spotlight shone upon our excellent games industry, with a number of awards going to local developers. So here are all the details!
25th WAITTA Incite Awards
WAITTA Incite Awards celebrate innovation and excellence across Information and Communications Technology fields in WA. The 25th annual awards were presented in June at the Hyatt Regency, Perth. Highlights from the awards ceremony can be found here.
Now on to the winners of the big event…
Winner: Achiever of the Year
Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie
Kate walked away from the WAITTA awards night with the appropriately fancy title of “Achiever of the Year.” It is no exaggeration to say that Kate is a champion of the local games industry; as the Director of Games & Interactive at FTI she has been the driving force behind initiatives like Playup Perth and Level One. Without a doubt her tireless efforts have helped the community grow into one of the most vibrant in the country. Her passion, dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, so congratulations Kate!
Finalist: Most Creative Media & Entertainment Tech
Stirfire Studios, Symphony of the Machine
From its origins at this year’s Global Game Jam, Symphony of the Machine has quickly become one of the most anticipated VR games of the local dev scene. Although they didn’t take out top honours for the category, Stirfire Studios will be going on to compete in the iAwards in Melbourne later this year.
28th WA Screen Awards
Presented by FTI, the WA Screen Awards are the premier celebration of West Australian screen culture, acknowledging innovation and achievement across film, music, games and interactive media. The 28th annual awards were presented in July at the Heath Ledger State Theatre, Perth.
So who were the big names in games for this special event? Congratulations to…
Winner: Best Game
Black Lab Games, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy
Black Lab Games must have learned a few things about strategy when making their tactical space combat game Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, as it proved to be a few moves ahead of its fellow nominees, taking out the Best Game category at this year’s WASAs. Congratulations to Black Lab Games on a very well deserved win!
Nominees: Best Game
We’d also like to acknowledge the other nominees in the category for being amazing local artists and developers. So well done to:
Winner: Best Interactive Production
Hungry Sky, Sam Bodhi Field, Alice Ross & Clay Bryce; Beneath the Waves
Created for the WA Museum, this engaging interactive documentary lets you explore the amazing Kimberley marine environment. Congratulations to local studio Hungry Sky, as well as Periscope Pictures on the win!
A big congratulations to all nominees and winners across both awards ceremonies! It’s great to see the artistic, ICT and game development industries within WA thriving! Keep up the good work~