Media publisher Steel Media is seeking nominees for its first annual Mobile Games Awards. Anyone can nominate games or studios for consideration before the November 6 deadline, and there is no submission fee. It will announce the winners January 23 at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2018, an annual industry event for mobile games.
Steel Media owns a number of media sites that focus on the business of gaming, such as Pocket Gamer, an industry site that covers mobile. The Mobile Games Awards aims to also recognize industry excellence, and folks can nominate candidates for categories such as the Best Recruitment Agency and Best Analytics/Data Tool.
Mobile games are a $46.1 billion market, according to market researcher Newzoo. They also recently surpassed PC and console sales for the first time ever. Though it’s a segment that has a reputation for attracting only casual gamers, it actually has a lot of variety that ranges from more hardcore games like Super Evil Megacorp‘s multiplayer online battle arena Vainglory to minimalist puzzlers like the Ustwo Games’s hit titles Monument Valley and Monument Valley 2.
Companies like Google are actively courting indies to develop for its Google Play store. The second annual Indie Games Festival was just last month, and its new Infinite Deviation program is aimed toward bringing diverse voices onto its platform.
The categories for Steel Media’s Mobile Game Awards are:
- Game of the Year
- Best Developer
- Best Indie Developer
- Best Publisher
- Best Development Tool
- Best Back-end Solution
- Best Advertising & UA
- Best Marketing Campaign
- Best Analytics / Data Tool
- Best QA + Localisation Service Provider
- Best Technological Innovation
- Best Game Management & Live Ops
- Best Recruitment Agency
- Mobile Legend
- Pocket Gamer People’s Choice