A panel of entrepreneurs, industry experts, and top developers selected 11 winning games from a shortlist of 75 nominees.
Hamsterdam, made by Muse Games from Taiwan, succeeded in capturing two awards in this year’s competition: Excellence in Gameplay and Best Technical Achievement.
Jury members enjoyed playing the games for two days and found a lot of diversity and creativity in both the selection of games and their unique mechanics.
“We were inspired by the massive improvement in production quality from what we’ve seen in years past,” said the jury in a joint statement.
“Developers in Southeast Asia are producing games that are more than capable of competing on the world stage.”
For the second time in the history of the IMGA Southeast Asia, the jury did not find a winner for the Grand Prix, an award that recognizes innovation that significantly changes the mobile gaming landscape.
Marcin Majchrzak, the creator of Tales of Abbie, was also selected as the best indie game and nominated to the international Indie Prize showcase, awarded in partnership with the games industry conference series Casual Connect.
The ceremony was held in Manila, Philippines, in association with the Electronic Sports and Gaming Summit (ESGS) 2018 and Gamefest 2018. Also, an exclusive after-party was hosted by Magnachain, Payoneer, and Artistryware.