Gotland Game Conference
|Gotland Game Conference|
|Awarded for||Best student game / Computer animation|
|Venue||Wisby Strand Congress & Event|
|Presented by||Campus Gotland|
|First awarded||June 6, 2006|
Gotland Game Conference (GGC), originally Gotland Game Convention and later Gotland Game Awards, is a Swedish game development competition for students. The event is held annually and marks the end of the academic year for the students at the Department of Game Design at Campus Gotland, Uppsala University. Here they can showcase everything that they have learned during the year to a jury consisting of professionals from the game development industry, the gaming press and academia. Notable people who have been a part of the jury include game design guru Ernest W. Adams and the father of MUDs Richard Bartle.
The Department of Game Design on Gotland, Visby, has hosted a public event for displaying student projects since at least 2002. The event found a stable structure and was branded "Gotland Game Awards" in 2006 and re-branded "Gotland Game Conference" in 2011, when a presentation track was added and the event opened to public participation. In 2017 the GGC added an international summit for game educators - with the intention of annually gathering game educations from across the world to collaborate and share experiences.
The event can be seen as consisting of four separate parts (spanning over multiple days);
- Public presentation of student projects to an international jury of developers, designers, academics, journalists etc.
- Followed by The Gotland Game Conference + showfloor, where all student games are made available to the jury and general audience.
- The conference + show floor is roughly modeled after the Game Developers Conference, but features only a single track of lectures.
- The Award Ceremony
- The GGC Party where students, jury and faculty celebrate their work and end of the school year.
Game Awards (2018 - )
- Best Presentation: Take My Shift
- Best Arcade Experience: Coal Rush
- Student Choice: Momentum Drift
- Alumni of the Year: Max Tiilikainen
- The Social Game Award: Twined
- Public Choice: Bench Warmers, Neon Nemesis (tie)
- The Almedalen Library Award: Symbio
- The Innovation Award: Nova Factor
- The Woke Award: Re Leap
- Expression in Game Design: Momentum Drift
- Jury Spotlight: Bolt and Bobby
- Jury Spotlight: Symbio
Game Awards (2006-2017)
People's Choice Awards
|Student's Choice||2017||Penny's Farm|
|2012||Secrets of Grindea|
|People's Choice / Public Choice|
|2009||Chubby Chase Race|
|People's Choice - Most Helpful Group|
|Best Serious Game|
|2009||Penalty of Heroes|
|The Award for Human Rights and Anti-discrimination|
|2009||Cause of War|
|2008||Insats Afrika||Red Cross Award #1|
|Monks of Sangrael||Red Cross Award #2|
|JADE Project Award|
|TUT-MS Dean's Award|
|2014||Crocodile Chow Down|
|Best XNA Game|
|Nordic Game Jam|
|Best Game - Open and Invitational|
Computer Animation Awards
|Best CG Animation|
|2010||The Secret Chamber|
|2008||Wacom in Motion|
|Best Graduating Class|
|2010||From One Motherfucker To Another|
|2010||Octopus Painting Duel|
|Best Student Animation|
|Open and Invitational|
|2008||In Harmony with Nature|
Student Effort Awards
|Best Student Effort in Art|
|Best Student Effort Technical|
|Best Student in Computer Graphics|
|Best Student in Game Design and Graphics|
|Best Student in Game Design and Programming|
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- "Winners 2014". GAME - The department of Game Design at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Winners 2013". GAME - The department of Game Design at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Winners 2010" (PDF). Gotland Game Awards 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Winners 2009". Gotland Game Awards 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Winners 2008". Gotland Game Awards 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Winners 2007". GAME - The department of Game Design at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- Gotland Game Conference - Gotland Game Conference official website
- Department of Game Design blog - the informal department blog
- Department of Game Design at Uppsala University - the formal department website
- Campus Gotland
- Facebook Page for Gotland Game Conference
- Mirjam Palosaari Eladhari blog about GGA
- Steven Milous blog
- Anders “Saint” Ekermo blog - Starbreeze Studios
- Dopefish blog - Starbreeze Studios