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TIGA Games Industry Awards 2012 winners revealed, Dear Esther wins big

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The 2012 TIGA Games Industry Award winners have been revealed at a ceremony in Bath.

Taking place at the Bath Assembly Rooms last night (November 1), the ceremony was hosted by video game voice actor Corey Johnston and was attended by numerous UK-based developers and industry veterans.

'Dear Esther' screenshot
'Dear Esther' screenshot


Dear Esther was the big winner of the night, picking up six gongs for Portsmouth-based development team thechineseroom.

Taking place on a mysterious island, Dear Esther is an experimental first-person adventure in which players attempt to discover who they are controlling, why they are on the island and why a person named Esther has sent them there.

It won the 'Best Arcade/Adventure Game' award, and also picked up prizes for its visual and audio design, originality and for being this year's 'Best Debut'.

Double Eleven won the award for 'Game of the Year' for its work on LittleBigPlanet Vita, which was released in September.

Minecraft: Xbox Live Arcade Edition was named 'Best Arcade Game', while Blitz Studio CEO Philip Oliver was named 'Person of the Year'.

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Screenshot

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'Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition' screenshot

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> Read Digital Spy's Dear Esther review

TIGA Games Industry Award winners in full:

  • Best Action/Adventure Game 2012: Rebellion and 505 Games – Sniper Elite V2
  • Best Action/Adventure Game 2012: thechineseroom – Dear Esther
  • Best Arcade Game 2012: 4J Studios – Minecraft XBLA
  • Best Arcade Game 2012: FuturLab – Velocity
  • Best Casual Game 2012: NaturalMotion Games – CSR Racing
  • Best Casual Game 2012: First Touch Games Ltd – Score! Classic Goals
  • Best Social Game 2012: Eutechnyx Ltd – Auto Club Revolution
  • Best Social Game 2012: Denki – Quarrel XBLA
  • Best Serious Game 2012: Denki – Quarrel XBLA
  • Best Student Game 2012: Faceplant – GravTech
  • Best Debut Game 2012: thechineseroom – Dear Esther
  • Best Visual Design 2012: thechineseroom – Dear Esther
  • Best Game Design 2012: Games – The Room
  • Best Audio Design 2012: thechineseroom – Dear Esther
  • Originality Award 2012: thechineseroom – Dear Esther
  • Best Tools and Technology 2012: GamesAnalytics
  • Leadership Award 2012: Lee Hutchinson, CEO, Double Eleven Limited
  • Best Publisher 2012: NaturalMotion Games
  • Best Service Provider 2012: Fireproof Studios
  • Best Education Initiative 2012: Games Britannia and Replay Events
  • Best Start-up Business 2012: thechineseroom
  • Friend of the Sector Award 2012: All Party Computer and Video Games Industry Group in the Westminster Parliament
  • Person of the Year Award 2012: Philip Oliver, CEO, Blitz Games Studios
  • Game of the Year Award 2012: Double Eleven Limited – LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita

    Watch a trailer for Dear Esther below:

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