Shortlists announced for NI Game Awards

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!

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

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 shortlists are as follows:

Best Art DirectionBefore The Blood – Rewind Play Games
Best Art DirectionJennifer Wilde: Unlikely Revolutionaries – Outsider Games
Best Art DirectionInertial Drift – Level 91 Entertainment
Best Art DirectionThe Imagined Leviathan – Far Few Giants
Best Art DirectionStargazing – Whitepot Studios
Most Anticipated GameBefore The Blood – Rewind Play Games
Most Anticipated GamePaleo Pines – Italic Pig
Most Anticipated GameBuildings Have Feelings Too – Blackstaff Games
Most Anticipated GameThe Pale Beyond – Coffeebox Games
Most Anticipated GameHytale – Hypixel Studios
Most Anticipated GameAmbertale – Ambertail Games
Most Anticipated GameDynasty of the Sands – Rocketflair Games
Rising StarAmber Barnett – NI Screen
Rising StarAbigail Gelston – Italic Pig
Rising StarAmy Seaman – Whitepot Studios
Rising StarJames Brown – NI Screen
Rising StarNaoimh Murchan – Italic Pig
Rising StarJordan Bradley – Ambertail Games
Rising StarStuart Winton – Far Few Giants
Rising StarCaoilfhionn Fox – NI Screen
Rising StarLisaMGC – NI Screen
Rising StarAisling McElroy – Italic Pig
Best StudioBrain & Nerd
Best StudioItalic Pig
Best StudioWhitepot Studios
Best StudioSoft Leaf Studios
Best StudioLevel 91 Entertainment
Best GameInertial Drift – Level 91 Entertainment
Best GameHo-Ho-Home Invasion – Whitepot Studios
Best GameSupermarket Shriek – BillyGoat Entertainment
Best GameThe Imagined Leviathan – Far Few Giants
Community ChoiceAmber Barnett
Community ChoiceCaolan McKendry
Community ChoiceJames Brown
Community ChoiceJohnny Cullen
Community ChoiceLisaMGC
Community ChoiceStuart Neill

Notes for Editors


For more information, contact the organisers (details below)
Caolan McKendry
Coordinator, NI Game Dev Network

About NI Game Dev Network

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.




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