BIG Festival Awards Nominations Now Open

Best International Games (BIG) Festival, the largest gaming industry event in Latin America, has announced that nominations are now open for this year’s awards. Game developers can enter for many different categories, including ‘Best XR/VR Award’.

For over a decade, BIG Festival has shown off games from some of the world’s most globally renowned companies. At the same time, it’s offered a place for valuable meetings and lectures to take place among the world’s leading game publishers, professionals, and investors.

Award submissions are now live for this year’s annual celebration, taking place 28th June to 2nd July, 2023. The event will be held both online and on-site at the São Paulo Expo in São Paulo, Brazil. With an estimated audience of over 50,000 attendees, this year’s BIG Festival Awards will honour developers based around the world, with cash prizes offered to the winners of distinct categories.

BIG Festival Awards 2022

BIG Festival Awards Submissions

Developers can submit their nominations for the BIG Festival Awards 2023 via BIG Festival’s official website. Award submissions will close on 28th February, 2023 at 11:59PM, Brazil time (GMT-3).

Any game on any platform, published or unpublished, is eligible for submission. However, submitted titles must be playable by the BIG Festival Selection Committee. Games that have commercially launched within two years of the festival’s start date will also be accepted.

BIG Festival Awards Winners

Last year, the BIG Festival Awards received a total of 538 game submissions. Among them, 92 were selected for the competition. Winners were announced at an award ceremony and included the following titles:

  • Grand Prize Award — Gamedec
  • Best Brazilian Game — No Place For Bravery
  • Best Game: Latin America Award — The Eternal Cylinder by ACE Team
  • Innovation Award — One Hand Clapping by Bad Dream Games
  • Best Multiplayer Award — DAVIGO by Davigo Studio
  • Best Mobile Game Award — Wish Me Luck by Black Moluska
  • BIG Impact: Best Game Diversity Award — Unpacking by Witch Beam
  • BIG Impact: Best Educational Game Award — Flying Bunk by Plot Kids
  • BIG Impact: Best Social Questions Game Award — Train to Sachsenhausen by Charles Games
  • Best Sound Award — Inua: A Story in Ice and Team by ARTE France
  • Best XR/VR Award — Goliath: Playing with Reality by Anagram
  • Best Game BIG Brands Award — Jorel’s Brother and the Most Important of the Galaxy! By Double Dash Studios/Copa Studios
  • Best Student Game Award— Lysfangha by Daphné DELOFFRE – Baptiste MARSAC
  • Best Narrative Award — The Forgotten City by Modern Storyteller
  • Best Gameplay Award — Dodgeball Academy by Pocket Trap

“Our team is thrilled to once again partner with the most influential and important gaming event in Latin America,” says Eliana Russi, Director of Operations at Brazil Games. “Last year’s festival surpassed all of our expectations. With gaming’s popularity showing no signs of slowing down in the region, we anticipate this year’s show will be the biggest and best iteration to date.”