Most of the awards will be voted for by a panel industry judges, recognising the hard work of the teams and individuals who have shined over the last year. The Pocket Gamer People’s Choice Award will be in the hands of the gamers themselves over the next few weeks.
The Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards presentation evening will take place on the second night of Pocket Gamer Connects London 2020 on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
It will be hosted at the inimitable Café de Paris in central London.Don’t forget to register for a ticket to attend the Mobile Games Awards evening.
The very best of luck to all the finalists and a big thanks to everyone who lobbied!
And the finalists for 2020 are:
GAME OF THE YEAR
This award recognises the best mobile game released over the last year based on creativity, innovation and success.To be eligible for this award, games must have been given a full release from October 1st 2018 onwards.
Bad North Call Of Duty: Mobile Dungeon Faster Elder Scrolls: Blades Grindstone Manifold Garden Mutazione Neo Cab Old School RuneScape Pokémon Masters Raid: Shadow Legends Rumble Stars Sayonara Wild Hearts Sky: Children of the Light Star Trek Fleet Command
Any mobile games company with 11 or more staff that has released a game, or successfully grown an existing game, during the last year, as well as successfully expanded their business and made an impact on the industry through innovation, creativity and other initiatives.
DeNA East Side Games Feral Interactive HARDlight Mediatonic Games Niantic Plarium Global PlayRix Simogo thatgamecompany Timi Studios ustwo games
BEST INDIE DEVELOPER
This accolade recognises the achievements of a team of up to 10 developers that have released a game, or successfully grown an existing game, during the last year.
Agens Ant Workshop Airraport Crescent Moon Games Hidden Layer Italic Pig Noodlecake Studios Starberry Games Stave Studios ThroughLine Games Thoughtfish Triband
Any company that has supported another developer in releasing a game on mobile devices during the last year, whether through publishing support, marketing, co-development or investment.
AppLovin – Lion Studios BoomBit Games Gismart HandyGames Kwalee Netmarble Playdigious Rogue Games Scopely Tamatem Tilting Point Voodoo
BEST GAME ENGINE
This award is open to third-party tech companies that provide game engines that help power mobile games development.
Black Desert Buildbox Cocos Creator Cocos2d-x Construct 3 Gideros Mobile Unity Unreal Engine
BEST TOOLS PROVIDER
This award is open to any company providing tools for developers to help make games for mobile platforms. This does not include game engines.
AppOnboard Studio Articy Software COALA Game of Whales Nekki QUASU.io Simpool Wappier
BEST ADVERTISING & UA
This accolade is for companies that support the ecosystem through enabling user acquisition or monetisation through advertising and are helping to drive this fast-growing business in games and developers to acquire more users.
AdTiming Anzu.io Bidease Chartboost Facebook Fyber Google ironSource Minimob MoPub by Twitter
BEST MARKETING TEAM
This award recognises the best internal or third-party marketing team that has created campaigns fueling the growth of games over the last year. This can be through any medium, including online, TV or other.
Imperia Online JSC It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam Mattel Digital Games & Creative Mobile Marketing Team Outplay Entertainment Plarium Global Rovio Entertainment Star Trek Fleet Command, Asia Pacific Tamatem Tilting Point Wooga Zynga
BEST ANALYTICS/DATA TOOL
Any company that supports developers and publishers develop their games and run marketing campaigns through analytics tools and/or providing data on market performance.
App Annie App Ape AppsFlyer deltaDNA GameAnalytics GameRefinery Game Intelligence / Market Intelligence Ogury Reflection SensorTower SOOMLA
BEST QA & LOCALISATION SERVICE PROVIDER
This accolade awards companies that have supported mobile games over the last year in the areas of quality assurance and localisation, ensuring that both new releases and updates go live with as few problems as possible and are localised appropriately for target markets.
Amber Studio GameScribes LocalizeDirect MoGi Tamatem Testronic Universally Speaking
Any developer, or technology company that is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on mobile devices through a new technology, be it hardware or software. This can be an innovative tool or unique use of technology that benefits the industry as a whole.
Apple Arcade askblu.ai Buildbox Software Cascadeur Simpool Lab Cave Ad Mediation Analytic Platform
BEST GAAS TOOLS & TECH
This award recognises the companies that are supporting live games on the market through back-end services to ensure game servers run smoothly and help developers implement special online features.
ChilliConnect GameSparks/AWS Google Cloud Photon Quantum PlayFab Tenjin XtraLife
BEST RECRUITMENT AGENCY
Any recruitment agency that over the last year has supported mobile game companies in finding and employing the best staff to develop new games, create new tools or offer key services.
Aardvark Amiqus Datascope Games Factory Talents OPM Response
BEST AUDIO/VISUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
This accolade is for any game pushing the boundaries of the medium through audio and/or visual accomplishments. To be eligible for this award, games must have been given a full release from October 1st 2018 onwards.
Alien: Blackout Assemble With Care Black Desert Mobile Elder Scrolls: Blades Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Manifold Garden Monomals Ordia Raid: Shadow Legends Sayonara Wild Hearts Sky: Children of the Light The Gardens Between
This award recognises games that show stellar writing and narrative design. To be eligible for this award, games must have been given a full release from October 1st 2018, or for titles released before this date have received significant new content in the last year.
Assemble With Care Captain We Have a Problem Dear Esther Forgotton Anne Inmost Mutazione Neo Cab Six Ages Telling Lies The Stillness of the Wind
BEST LIVE OPS
This award recognises the impact of significant updates, in-game events or excellent community management over the last year for games released in 2019 or before, that have helped take a game to the next level and sustain a title’s life.
Asphalt 9: Legends Avakin Life Empires & Puzzles June’s Journey: Hidden Objects MARVEL Strike Force Merge Dragons! Old School RuneScape Pokémon GO Tanks a Lot! VIP Baloot Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest Yahtzee With Buddies
BEST SERVICE PROVIDER
This award is for any third-party service provider or outsourcer that supports developers in making games, whether through art, audio, trailers, UX, or other services.
This award recognises and celebrates the most impressively implemented and strategically sustained mobile esport experience of the past 12 months.
Arena of Valour / Honor of Kings Asphalt 9: Legends Clash of Clans Clash Royale Free Fire Guns of Boom Mobile Legends: Bang Bang PUBG Mobile Summoners War World of Tanks Blitz
BEST PARTY GAMING
A brand new addition for 2020, this award sets out to recognise the title able to deliver the most socially enthralling offline multiplayer – that’s local, same room, pass-the-controller – gaming experience of the past year.
Hogwash Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Pac-Man Party Royale Raiders of the North Sea Too Many Cooks Zombicide: Tactics & Shotguns
This special award recognises a person from any corner of the globe who has demonstrated a considerable amount of success, influence, and impact despite their relatively recent arrival within the mobile games industry.
A shiny new addition for 2020, the Rising Star Award is selected directly by the organisation committee of the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards..
TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY.
This special lifetime achievement award recognises a person from anywhere in the world who has achieved a considerable amount of success in their career and has acted as a pioneer in the mobile games space.
The Mobile Legend is a special award to recognise an outstanding contribution to the mobile games industry selected directly by the organisation committee of the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards.
TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY.
POCKET GAMER PEOPLE’S CHOICE
This is the only award voted for by consumers and recognises the best new game that received a full release during the last year. This award was open for voting through PocketGamer.com, with the winner to be revealed on the night of the ceremony.
The People’s Choice Award is shortlisted by the expert journalists at Pocket Gamer following readers’ submissions, and voted for directly by the games playing public directly on www.pocketgamer.com – this year’s finalists can be found below.
Assemble with Care Bad North Blue Brawl Stars Call Of Duty: Mobile Dungeon Faster Grindstone Manifold Garden Mutazione Neo Cab Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost RealmOCO Pokémon Masters Rumble Stars Sayonara Wild Hearts Second Galaxy Sky: Children of the Light Tangle Tower Void Tyrant What The Golf?
Be one of the first to find out the winners!
Don’t forget the Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards presentation evening will take place on the second night of Pocket Gamer Connects London 2020 on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 and will be hosted at Café de Paris in central London.Register for a ticket to attend the Mobile Games Awards evening.