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Shortlists announced for NI Game Awards

The NI Game Awards are presented by the NI Game Dev Network with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Now in their fourth year, this will be the first time the awards have taken place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show will be broadcasting live on Saturday, March 6 from Belfast and Derry/Londonderry, with tickets available now at

The NI Game Dev Network is the community for everyone interested in making games in Northern Ireland, from accomplished studio heads to students just getting started in the industry. We facilitate regular events and networking opportunities and aim to help businesses here in NI collaborate for collective benefit.

After a long nomination process with over 150 nominations, the shortlisted nominees in the six main categories of the NI Game Awards have been announced.

The Shortlist are as follows:

Best Art Direction Before The Blood – Rewind Play Games
Best Art Direction Jennifer Wilde: Unlikely Revolutionaries – Outsider Games
Best Art Direction Inertial Drift – Level 91 Entertainment
Best Art Direction The Imagined Leviathan – Far Few Giants
Best Art Direction Stargazing – Whitepot Studios
Most Anticipated Game Before The Blood – Rewind Play Games
Most Anticipated Game Paleo Pines – Italic Pig
Most Anticipated Game Buildings Have Feelings Too – Blackstaff Games
Most Anticipated Game The Pale Beyond – Coffeebox Games
Most Anticipated Game Hytale – Hypixel Studios
Most Anticipated Game Ambertale – Ambertail Games
Most Anticipated Game Dynasty of the Sands – Rocketflair Games
Rising Star Amber Barnett – NI Screen
Rising Star Abigail Gelston – Italic Pig
Rising Star Amy Seaman – Whitepot Studios
Rising Star James Brown – NI Screen
Rising Star Naoimh Murchan – Italic Pig
Rising Star Jordan Bradley – Ambertail Games
Rising Star Stuart Winton – Far Few Giants
Rising Star Caoilfhionn Fox – NI Screen
Rising Star LisaMGC – NI Screen
Rising Star Aisling McElroy – Italic Pig
Best Studio Brain & Nerd
Best Studio Italic Pig
Best Studio Whitepot Studios
Best Studio Soft Leaf Studios
Best Studio Level 91 Entertainment
Best Game Inertial Drift – Level 91 Entertainment
Best Game Ho-Ho-Home Invasion – Whitepot Studios
Best Game Supermarket Shriek – BillyGoat Entertainment
Best Game The Imagined Leviathan – Far Few Giants
Community Choice Amber Barnett
Community Choice Caolan McKendry
Community Choice James Brown
Community Choice Johnny Cullen
Community Choice LisaMGC
Community Choice Stuart Neill

Voting is now open, and you can vote for your favourites right now over here!

Source: Written from press release

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