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Who is the Fans' Favorite of them all? Gamers have been voting for their favorite games through GDWC 2021 in the Fan Favorite Category weekly votes, and a total of 41 games have been nominated.

Now, they face off in the Final Fan Favorite vote for the win. The Vote is already open, starting on January 17 and lasting till January 31. Vote for you favorite from GDWC website!



OONA, THE DRUID´S PATH by Astro Pup Games
BEYOND MANKIND: THE AWAKENING by Brytenwalda Studios
SWORD OF THE NECROMANCER by Grimorio of Games
BLUE FIRE by Robi Studios

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Majorariatto, a team from Spain wins Fan Favorite Vote 41 with pureya, a collection of 30+ minigames.

"pureya is a collection of arcade minigames that play with just 2 buttons and switch randomly from one to the next every 10 seconds. Avoid obstacles and collect as many marbles as you can, then use them in the pachinko machine to unlock new minigames, music and skins."



In second place is Aveliana by TheFrenchDev (France)

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Today we are joined by JJ Shaw to discuss his win at the GDWC Mascot Design Competition, and the winning design titled Jooy. The Mascot Design Competition goal was to find GDWC a mascot that's friendly and funny and represents the fun and creativity of gaming and game development.

According to JJ, his creation, Jooy, was "inspired by the shape of the joystick of the game, and a cool head is designed according to the shape of the joystick." He also used the human figure for expressing competitiveness and the simple blue lines to represent technology.

Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?
"My name is JJ Shaw, and I am 24 years old. I am a designer/artist. I'm from Johor in Malaysia."

How long have you been an artist?
"I have been an artist for 3 years."

Was it always your dream to do art professionally?
"My dream was always to become a game concept artist. After I graduate, I will continue to stick to my passion as a graphic designer."

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ASTREIA'S GIFT by ASTREIA'S GIFT, a 14-member student team from France is the winner of the Fan Favorite Vote 40. Congrats!

"The people of the lunar planet have disappeared! Embody Astreia, a being of light from the solar planet, and try to find them. By opening portals between these two worlds, explore the abandoned living city, but be aware, it will not let you pass so easily..."

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Orc Chop Games, a studio from Philippines wins Fan Favorite Vote 39 with Goblin Stone. Congratulations!

"Goblin Stone is a turn-based RPG told from a goblin's perspective. Adventurers have pushed goblins and orcs to near extinction: it's now time to fight back. Gather a ragtag group of goblins and journey through an epic procedurally generated world, as you change their fate in this narrated adventure."

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GDWC 2021 Mascot Design Competition winner is JJ Shaw with lovely cat controller JOOY. Congratulations!



"The mascot is inspired by the shape of the joystick of the game, and a cool head is designed according to the shape of the joystick. Use human figures to express competition and simple lines with blue borders to present a sense of technology."


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Fan Favorite vote 38 winner is Innominate Games from Poland with CountryBalls Heroes!



"CountryBalls Heroes is a game where you get to play as your favorite Countryball. Become a legend by leading massive Countryball armies. Create your forces, build master-planned cities, gather powerful artifacts, and prove that your Countryball is the most powerful."

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Fan Favorite vote 37 winner is Team Kity from Spain with Kity builder!



"Kity Builder is a relaxing and cute city building and exploration game about searching for lost blueprints around a desert archipelago to decorate its islands. You'll get creative designing dreamlike cities for other kitties to live in, while you calmly explore the peaceful ocean."

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Fan Favorite Vote 36 winner is Martial Law by FIXER, a team from Poland!



"Martial Law is a game about difficulties that came with Communism in Poland. Game is meant to visualize the realities of Polish families back then, their ways of thinking and understanding the world. The story is shown from the perspective of a man who is abandoned because of his low social status. He tries his best to be there for his daughter despite the difficulties. Game is also meant to be educational. There are many places you can stop to learn more about Polish culture from the communist era."

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Today we're joined by Kelly Ng Wan and Hagen Deloss from Autodesk to discuss the Student Game Award which is a new category in this year's Game Development World Championship launched with the help and support of Autodesk.







Hi Kelly and Hagen, can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do at Autodesk?

Hagen: I have been making games for about 12 years now, in various capacities. I joined Autodesk almost 4 years ago to help with 3ds Max community support, and eventually found myself in the Media & Entertainment Community Engagement role. I currently help manage Autodesk social media accounts for Maya, 3ds Max, and ShotGrid, as well as run our influencer program and various activities on our community website, AREA. I've been an active mentor in my local Portland game dev scene, as well as Jurying roles for Indiecade. I love to help creators obtain their goals!

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Fan Favorite Vote 34 winner is A Township Tale by Alta, an independent VR game development studio from Australia!



"Band together with your friends and explore a long-forgotten world filled with adventure, danger, and ancient secrets. Tame the wilderness as a group and build your own town. A sanctuary in this wild land, your town is where you'll craft gear for your next expedition. It takes all kinds of heroes to make a successful town. Will you be a warrior? A miner? A blacksmith? Choose your destiny, and unlock new abilities for your town and your party."

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Fan Favorite Vote 33 winner is Avian by Royale Monkey, a team of students from France!



"Avian is an adventure musical experience, where you play as the last guardian tasked to save his world with his ancestral flute! Save your fallen brothers in this refreshing game, where you play as a guardian of a long lost civilization. You are the last hope of your world as your brothers have fallen in battle... Will you step up to the adventure?"

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The Red Dead Redemption series in undoubtedly the best-known representation of Western genre in video games. John Marston and Arthur Morgan have cemented their positions as well-loved protagonists and the themes of redemption, change and survival echo strong in the minds of those who have experienced the tragic and nuanced story of the Van der Linde gang. Set in the end of the mythical Old West era of the United States, Red Dead Redemption (2010) and its acclaimed prequel Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018) perfectly encapsulate the thematic journey of the Western and the fading frontier spirit which gave way to the industrialization of the 20th century.

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Fan Favorite Vote 32 winner is Project Haven by Code Three Fifty One from Portugal! Congrats to the winners.



"Project Haven brings a gritty dystopian story, along with the intricate mechanics of the classics, to the Tactical Turn-Based genre. Alone or in co-op up to 4 players, the player commands the Steel Dragons, a mercenary outfit fighting for survival in the harsh streets of Haven City, the last city of Earth."

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31st Fan Favorite vote has come to an end and we have a winner! Ephesus by The Pack Studios from Turkey! Congrats to the Winning team!



"Ephesus is an exploration and survival game adorned with a unique story. Write your own destiny through the West Aegean Coast of the glorious Roman Empire. While you're on the path, don't forget to stay alive!"

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Today we're having a chat with Jani Kaipainen, the Head of Publishing at VRKiwi. Great to have you here Jani! You guys are the experts when it comes to making VR games, and especially bringing those games into a slew of different VR platforms. You guys are also working with us in making the Virtual Reality Awards happen as a part of this year's GDWC.



Can you first give us a quick intro into who you guys are and what exactly it is that VRKiwi does.

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We're looking for a mascot to represent the championship, the fun of playing games, and all the hard work game developers do to make the games happen. To find the right kind of mascot, we've kicked off an open competition for mascot designs and will reward the winner with a cash prize of 1000 euros.

What do you think the mascot should be like? We'd want it to be friendly and funny, and to be connected to gaming and game development. It can be 2D, 3D, 2.5D, or 4D if you want. Let your ideas flow free!

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Today we're joined by Manos, one of the Co-founders of Arcweave to discuss what their game design tool can do and how it can help you during your game development project.

Hey, Manos! Thank you for joining me today! Can you first give us a quick rundown on what exactly Arcweave is?

Arcweave is a web app for designing and prototyping games. It is highly visual and supports real-time collaboration. Our tool allows users to create diagrams (called 'boards') to represent the flow of a story or game logic. We strive to keep it as easy-to-use as possible, so that writers and designers can focus on what matters most: the creative aspect of their work.

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30th Round of Fan Favorite voting has come to a close, and the winner is Goldenjar Fall by Ardeal Studio from Argentina! Congrats to the winner!

Goldenjar Fall is a pure action game, wrapped in a gripping story of justice and revenge. Where players will fight their way through dark corridors wielding the power of Torgabarth the allfather of the dwarves.


2nd Place: El Gancho by SIDRALGAMES from Spain.

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The Game Development World Championship (GDWC), a global online competition for indie game developers, has beaten all previous participation records, making this year's competition the biggest in the championship's history. Over 2000 development teams from more than a hundred countries have signed up to the competition so far this year, with more joining in each day.

Developers compete with their games in multiple categories ranging from PC and Consoles to Mobile, and VR platforms. Hobbyist projects, Game Jam games, and Student game projects also get their own categories to compete in.

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Bonus stages are additional challenges for game developers, giving them a chance to win prizes that are not part of the two main categories. For the Game Jam category, this means participating with games made during game jams.

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Register for the Game Development World Championship normally. Find out a Game Jam you want to participate in, and develop your game during that game jam according to their rules, if any. Afterwards, submit your game into the GDWC as you would any other game.

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Bonus stages are additional challenges for game developers, giving them a chance to win prizes that are not part of the two main categories. For the Fan Favorite category, there are no additional limits, it's simply a bonus!

How do I participate in this bonus stage?

Register for the Game Development World Championship normally. We will pick awesome games from those submitted into the competition weekly. During this week, our audience can vote for their favorite game of the week, which will then be a nominee in the final Fan Favorite vote.

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  • Visibility on the GDWC website
  • GDWC Finland-themed "care package"
  • Valco ANC Headphones to Winning Team (2 pairs)
  • Houdini Indie one year license to each of the top 3 teams!
  • More to come...

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All the rules of the GDWC competition apply. In addition, the following apply for section 4. Judgement criteria:
  • Instead of the GDWC judges, the winner will be chosen by an open vote. Schedule to be determined later.
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