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GDWC 2023 Winter Season Winners Announced!
GDWC 2023 Winter Season Awards show was held on Friday, February 23rd in Tallinn, Estonia. Huge thanks to all event participants and to Gamedev Estonia for helping make the event happen. Also big thanks to our partners & sponsors and of course to all developers & teams who submitted games to the season. Congrats to all the winners! Watch the show here, or check out the winners listed below.



All GDWC 2023 Winter Season Winners by Category

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Sequence Joins GDWC 2024 Summer Season with Best Web3 Award Category!

Our old friends at Sequence have once again joined GDWC in supporting indie devs and new exciting Web 3.0 Game projects!

Best Web3 Game Award category will offer developers a chance to showcase skill and innovation in utilizing new Web 3.0 technologies in game development and design. The category will reward best, most fun & innovative approach & utilization of Web 3.0 tech in the game itself or game's development.

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Here are the Finalists for GDWC 2023 Winter Season!

Winners to be announced in GDWC 2023 Winter Awards Show at Tallinn, Estonia on Friday February 23rd, starting at 19:00 GMT+2.
Book tickets to the live event here or watch the event online at GDWC Youtube Channel

Indie Award - Sponsored by Brasília Game Festival
Knock on the coffin lid by RedBoon
Back to the Dawn by Metal Head Games
Shardpunk by Clockwork Pile
Goblin Stone by Orc Chop Games
Reality Break by Element Games

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Kinda Brave Publishing & GDWC introduce the Publishing Pipeline!

GDWC and Kinda Brave Publishing collaborate in bringing micro indie teams new opportunities to get games published. Developers can now submit their game to Kinda Brave Publishing for publishing consideration via GDWC. This is open to both, games participating in the GDWC season, and games not participating.

Kinda Brave Entertainment Group is a modern game portfolio company focused on acquiring game studios and IP, developing internal studios and a 3rd party publishing division to scout new talented developers innovating for the next zeitgeist.

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Giveaway to GDWC participants: $200 free polling credit - Build the best version of your game with PickFu!

PickFu is giving out $200 credits to registered GDWC users!

Build the best version of your game with PickFu: a self-service polling platform where developers and game studios can ask their target audience for feedback on game elements. Gather insights from real gamers and make data-driven decisions at every step of the development process, from concept to design to optimization.

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GDWC 2024 Summer Season is now open for submissions!
GDWC is once again open to all developers and games on all digital platforms to join and compete for the best game title across multiple categories! Submissions are open until end of May and Winners will be announced in late Summer / early Autumn 2024. Games still in development and games released after May 31st 2023 are eligible to participate. Participating is free as always.

Introducing Innovation Award category with Kinda Brave Publishing
Kinda Brave Publishing is sponsoring this GDWC season with Innovation Award category, seeking the most bold and innovative games of the season. Does your game have an exciting new concept or mechanic? Or are you taking a bold new approach to an established genre? Submit your game and compete for the main cash prize of 2000€!

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Winter Season Participation
GDWC 2023 Winter Season is closed for submissions and was again record-breaking season. This was our second half-year long season in GDWC history and we had over 1900 submissions beating previous season's, 2023 Summer, 1800+ submissions.

Judging in process
Judging is currently in process and due to this the submissions and game updates have been frozen. They will open up again soon once next season opens. Due to amount of game submissions we won't be able to provide direct feedback or situation updates to all participants. We will directly reach out to Finalists in early February.

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GDWC 2023 Winter Season Closing Soon!

The Winter Season will be closed to submissions on Sunday, December 31st 2023 at 23:59:59 EET / UTC+2. So there's less than two weeks left to submit your game, and now's the final chance to compete for the biggest prize pool in the GDWC history.

Here's what you could be winning:



Brasilia Game Festival, Indie Hero, and Instituto Conecta Brasil are rewarding the Winning teams in Indie, Hobby, and Studio categories with a Booth at the Brasilia Game Festival 2024 and travel & accommodation to one team member! GDWC will also be at the event and will handle trophies to the winners on the BGF main stage!

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Win Booth & Travel to Brasilia Game Festival 2024!

We're super excited to announce a partnership and new prizes with the Brasilia Game Festival 2024! Winning teams in Indie, Studio, and Hobby categories of GDWC 2023 Winter Season will get a Booth at the Brasilia Game Festival 2024 (May 10th to 12th) and paid travel & accommodation for one team member!

GDWC representatives will also be personally handing out the GDWC Trophies to the winners at the Brasilia Game Festival main stage!

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Ready for new growth and career opportunities from Games Job Fair Autumn 2023?

Join studios such as Redhill Games, Gaijin, FunPlus, GIANTS Software, and many more for 3 days of networking and fresh new fun, career-boosting activities ONLINE & ONSITE on October 25-27. The onsite part of the Hybrid Day takes place once again in Espoo, Helsinki area on October 27th.

Event Highlights

- Expert talks, panels, workshops
- Dedicated recruitment day
- Networking with games studios
- Unreal, Unity, and Art Challenges
- Creative and Animation Portfolio Reviews
- Hybrid Day 3 in Espoo + Afterparty at HypeHype HQ

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The countdown for Mobidictum Network Tallinn 2023 is in full swing. Industry professionals will come together for Mobidictum's network event on October 26 at Kultuurikatel.

Mobidictum Network Tallinn, the third networking event organized by Mobidictum this year, will take place on October 26th at Tallinn - Kultuurikatel and will host more than 100 attendees from the Mobile and PC industries.

While supported by local games industry hub GameDev Estonia, the event aims to bring together industry leaders, game studios, publishers, service providers, and developers to discuss the latest game industry developments and meet each other to grow their business networks.

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Game Development World Championship opens 2023 Winter Season with $660,000 Prize Pool

The Game Development World Championship (GDWC) has opened the 2023 Winter Season for submissions. Games can be submitted until the end of the year. Winners will be announced in February 2024.

Winter Season breaks records with the biggest prize pool in GDWC history, totalling over $660,000 in value. Prizes are spread across 12 award categories and range from swag & software licences to cash prizes, publishing deals and marketing & User Acquisition funding.

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GDWC will celebrate the GDWC 2023 Summer Season Winners this week with an Awards Stream. The show will start on Thursday, September 21st at 18:00 EEST / UTC+3.

Stream can be watched on the GDWC Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/@thegdwc

The Summer Season had over 1800 games submitted in just 3.5 months, breaking all previous participation records. From this pool of awesome games, jury picked 58 Finalists & Nominees for 11 categories. See all Finalists here https://thegdwc.com/#finalists

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The leading games industry conference, Pocket Gamer Connects, returns to Finland again in 2023!

Over 1,500 games industry professionals will gather in Helsinki on September 12-13 to network, discover, pitch and learn from 200 of the world's top experts.

Mobile, PC and console, blockchain, VR/AR and more will be covered, across unmissable conference tracks. Our speakers and panellists will share their expert insight into design and development, monetisation and growth, AI, blockchain and loads more.

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You may have seen from our social media posts, but we're excited to share that we've partnered with an industry-leading VPN service, Surfshark. If you're thinking, "How can I benefit from Surfshark VPN?" then keep reading!

What is Surfshark?
Surfshark is an industry-leading VPN service that encrypts your internet activity, safeguards your data and privacy online, and blocks ads and malware that get in your way.

Whether traveling, working, or enjoying a game at home — a VPN will shield you from malicious actors online, and it will also allow you to avoid price discrimination and save a dollar or two while shopping for new games!

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Houdini - Model, Animate, Render and More...

Houdini is built from the ground up to be a procedural system that empowers artists to work freely, create multiple iterations and rapidly share workflows with colleagues.



Houdini Core delivers a powerful and accessible 3D animation experience to CG artists creating feature films, commercials or video games. With its procedural node-based workflow, Houdini Core is ideal for modelers, lighters, character riggers and animators to use on its own or as a layout and lighting tool for visual effects created in Houdini FX.

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Sequence is the all-in-one smart wallet and developer platform that makes building web3 games easy.

Sequence believes that games are going to be one of the single biggest entry points to web3 and is excited to partner with game builders of all sizes to make that happen.

With a user-friendly smart wallet, Unity, Unreal Engine, and mobile SDKs, token and NFT APIs, an Indexer, a Relayer for gasless transactions, Onramps, a Node Gateway, a Marketplace Protocol, and more, Sequence gives builders the tools they need to deliver seamless web3 experiences to their players.

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Gcore is the foundation for your global infrastructure, applications and business

Gcore is one of the international leaders in public, hybrid and private cloud computing, content delivery, hosting, and security solutions, with a global infrastructure offering first-class edge and cloud-based services.

Their infrastructure spans six continents and consists of 150+ points of presence around the world in reliable Tier IV and Tier III datacentres, with total capacity exceeding 110 Tbps and speeds of 3-5 milliseconds in several regions with an average response time worldwide of 20-30 milliseconds.

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Action Award is waiting for you! - $20,000+ in prizes!

If you've submitted any kind Action game to this GDWC season, don't miss out on the Action Award category and the great prizes offered by the award sponsor Ludeo!

Best three Action games take home cash from the $8,500 cash prize pool and best 30 open doors for deals with development & marketing grants for a total pool $20,000+!

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Win Big with Immersal SDK! - 7,000€ cash prize pool!

If you've worked with or tinkered with AR Development or AR features for your game, now's a great chance to cash in on the Immersal AR Award!

Participation is simple:
- Implement Immersal's AR SDK into your game or project as you see best. All kinds of creative approaches are welcome!
- Submit your game or project into current GDWC Season
- During submission select the checkbox for using Immersal SDK
- Act Fast - Submissions close at the end of June!

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We're excited to announce that JangaFX is now a proud sponsor of this year's Game Development World Championship. JangaFX are the creators of EmberGen, a real-time volumetric fluid simulation tool that easily allows artists to create fire, smoke, explosions, magic, and more.

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The Game Development World Championship 2022 Winners were announced in the GDWC 2022 Awards Show in Tallinn, Estonia, last Saturday, April 22nd. The event was organized with the help of GameDev Estonia. If you missed the show, you can watch the live stream recording on our YouTube channel here.


Studio Category Winner:
Shatterline by Frag Lab


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We have the Finalists in all categories for GDWC 2022! Winners will be revealed in an Awards Show in Tallinn, Estonia, on April 22nd! If you want to join the event, check out details and grab your tickets here!

You can also watch the reveal home on the GDWC Youtube Channel. Remember to subscribe to not miss it!

Studio Category Finalists in the GDWC 2022
Danghost by Umeshu Lovers
Hamster Playground by WeDigGames
Peglin by Red Nexus Games
Shatterline by Frag Lab
Space Tail: Every Journey Leads Home by Longterm Games

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GDWC 2022 Fan Choice voting is now open! Cast your vote and help us crown the fan favorite games of 2022!
Five of our main categories: Indie, Studio, Hobby, Mobile, and Game Jam, have a the title of Fan Choice Winner and awesome prizes available! Check out the Nominees below and vote your favorite here!

INDIE CATEGORY FAN CHOICE NOMINEES
COGNAC | Photorealistic Metaverse by COGNAC TEAM
BACKPACK HERO by Jaspel
A World of Little Legends by Artimus
Berserk Boy by Berserkboy Games
Bob: A thousand lives by Putnai Csaba
Game Of Seven by Game Of Seven
Card Survival: Tropical Island by Winterspring Games
One Last Breath by Moonatic Studios
Lifespace Traveler by Dino Trnka
Soulstone Survivors by Game Smithing

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A World of Little Legends by Artimus has won the monthly games ranking for March. Congrats!

A World of Little Legends sends you back to the 90s, but with open-world crafting and catboy vikings. The game combines all the best elements of classic Zelda games, Minecraft and Stardew Valley to create it's own flavour of adventure and exploration. Check it out yourself, the game is currently in early access on Steam, or pick up the demo for free.

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Bob: A Thousand Lives by a trio from Hungary has won the monthly games ranking for January. Congrats to the winning team!

Bob: A Thousand Lives is a dark themed action platformer where you play as the titular Bob. Throughout your adventure, Bob must overcome his biggest challenge, overcoming his past. Do no wait for help or guidance here, you are completely alone.


NERF Superblast by Nitro Games
Mobile multiplayer action shooter

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Bob: A Thousand Lives by a trio from Hungary has won the monthly games ranking for January. Congrats to the winning team!

In Bob: A thousand lives the classic HARD and PRECISE TASKS platformer characteristics come to life, where our age's 'I'll do it for you' principles don't apply. Out now on itch.io and Microsoft Store


Avani by DigiPen Bilbao - Kyuut Kats
Isometric action-adventure game.

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