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2nd February 2012

Two Canadian Titles Named Finalists For The International Mobile Gaming Awards

imgaThe final nominees for the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGAs) were announced today with 30 games in six categories moving on to the final round of judging – and two Canadian titles made it through the door. Close to 500 games from all over the world were submitted for review by the international panel of experts: a record for the competition.

The 30 nominees are:

Best Casual Game:
* CreaVures – Muse Games, United States
* HECTOR Episodes 1-3 – Telltale Games, United States
* Jetpack Joyride – Halfbrick, Australia
* Sprinkle – Mediocre ABS, weden
* The Blocks Cometh – Halfbot, Canada

Best Real World Game:
* CityRace – Cityrace.me, Poland
* FLATMATES – Flaregames, Germany
* Meatspace Invasion – C4MProd, France
* NBA: King of the Court – Ogemnt*, United States
* Shadow Cities – Grey Area, Finland

Best Sports Game:
* Bike Baron – Mountain Sheep, Inc. / Qwiboo, London / Finland
* Flick Tennis: College Wars – Rolocule Games, India
* Sports Car Challenge – Fish Labs, Schade
* Touchgrind BMX – Illusion Labs AB, Sweden
* Trial Xtreme 2 – Deemedya M.S. LTD, Israel

Best Mobile Social Game:
* Charadium II – On5, Lithuania
* Funpark Friends – Tagplay, UK
* Poker Pals – Aspyr Media, Inc, USA
* SpellCraft School of Magic – Appy Entertainment, United States
* The Pirate King – Bulkypix, France

Excellence In Gameplay:
* Battleheart – Mika Mobile, Inc., USA
* Contre Jour HD – Mokus Games LLP, Ukraine
* Death Rally – Remedy Entertainment, Finland
* DrawRace 2 HD – RedLynx, Finland
* Infinity Blade II – Chair Entertainment, USA

Most Innovative Game:
* Forever Drive – Tak Fung, UK
* Kod* – Fabrication Games Europe AB, Sweden
* KuraKuraMaze – Yoshimi Kurihara, Japan
* Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery – EP Capy, Canada
* WildChords – Ovelin, Finland

“We have had an unprecedented response for the year’s awards”, said Maarten Noyons, CEO and Founder of the IMGA. “We see a trend of very high quality, big productions coming to the mobile platform and on the other hand a lot of fresh innovative casual games. I think the jury has made a very interesting choice. The 8th IMGA shows a wealth of new ideas and ground-breaking quality coming from studios all over the world. I would like to congratulate each of the developers that have games nominated and thank everyone who submitted games to the awards.”

On the 1st March the IMGA will announce the winners during the IMGA Summit and Awards ceremony, a conference held at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

During the last seven years the IMGA has reviewed more than 2,000 mobile games from more than 52 countries including the USA, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, China, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Belgium. Participants include PhD students, researchers, artists, individual developers and the top ten mobile games publishers and developers in the world. The winners in each category for this year’s awards will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.

The winners will receive Euro100,000 of free publicity from ProSieben Sat1 Games, one of the IMGA’s Platinum sponsors, with the overall winner receiving Euro 400,000 of free publicity.

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