Nominees Announced for 2012 International Mobile Gaming Awards

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      Last week, a group of professionals from all sectors of the mobile gaming world gathered around a conference table in Marseille, France to select the nominees for the eighth annual International Mobile Gaming Awards. Slide To Play was on the panel, along with journalists from other mobile gaming sites, game developers, and representatives from the hardware side of mobile gaming. Read on to find out more about the IMGAs, and the full list of nominees.

      This year, the judges looked at nearly 500 games in order to come up with 30 nominees in a variety of categories. The winners in each category will be announced on March 1 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The winners will receive about $130,000 of free publicity from ProSieben Sat1 Games, one of the IMGA’s Platinum sponsors, and the overall winner will receive about $525,000 of free publicity.

      Maarten Noyons, the CEO and founder of the IMGA, said, ‘We have had an unprecedented response for this year’s awards. 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 would like to congratulate each of the developers that have games nominated and thank everyone who submitted games to the awards.’

      Slide To Play will be there when the winners are announced in March, and we’ll be sure to let you know who wins. So without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2012 IMGAs (note that not all of them are iOS games).

      Best Casual Game

      CreaVures – Muse Games

      Hector Episodes 1 – 3 – Telltale Games

      Jetpack Joyride – Halfbrick

      Sprinkle – Mediocre AB

      The Blocks Cometh – Halfbot

      Best Real World Game

      CityRace – Cityrace.me

      Flatmates – Flaregames

      Meatspace Invasion – C4MProd

      NBA: King of the Court – Ogmento

      Shadow Cities – Grey Area

      Best Sports Game

      Bike Baron – Mountain Sheep Inc/Qwiboo

      Flick Tennis: College Wars – Rolocule Games

      Sports Car Challenge – Fish Labs

      Touchgrind BMX – Illusion Labs AB

      Trial Xtreme 2 – Deemedya M.S. Ltd.

      Best Mobile Social Game

      Charadium II – On5

      Funpark Friends – Tagplay

      Poker Pals – Aspyr Media, Inc.

      Spellcraft School of Magic – Appy Entertainment

      The Pirate King – Bulkypix

      Excellence in Gameplay

      Battleheart – Mika Mobile

      Contre Jour HD – Mokus Games LLP

      Death Rally – Remedy Entertainment

      Drawrace 2 HD – RedLynx

      Infinity Blade II – Chair Entertainment

      Most Innovative Game

      Forever Drive – Tak Fung

      Kodo – Fabrication Games Europe AB

      KuraKuraMaze – Yoshimi Kurihara

      Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Capybara Games

      WildChords – Ovelin