Latin America’s biggest gaming convention just took place on the 28th of June in the Adoniran Barbosa Auditorian, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and it was nothing short of what gamers had hoped. The event takes in submissions from all over and exhibits every entry in a free entry convention. This year, the event was host to 456 entries from 53 different countries with just 54 channeled through to be named as finalists for the festival.This year’s entrants were in for a chance to win one of eighteen awards from the Jury.
The awards up for grabs this year offered a trophy and Brazilian R$10,000 for the winner of the Best Game: International and Best Game: Latin America categories. The winner of the Best Game: Brazil received the same and a promotion at IGN portal worth Brazilian R$ 50,000 as well as an Indie prize award to Casual Connect Asia 2018. The BIG Impact: Educational Category was sponsored by Dow Chemicals and awarded a trophy as well as Brazilian R$ 5,000. Best in Virtual Reality was awarded a trophy as well as Brazilian R$ 5,000. The remaining categories: Big Impact Social Matters, Best in Sound, Best in Art, Best in Narrative, Best in Game play, Best in Innovation, and a special award for games still in the development phase were all awarded trophies. There was one award from the public determined by the votes cast by visitors to the convention. This category, Best Game: Popular Vote, was awarded a trophy and a cash price amount of Brazilian R$ 5,000.
This year, there were four more categories for jury awards. They were: Best Multiplayer Game, Best Game for Kids, Best Student Game, and BIG Brands. All of the Jury awards were decided by a panel of international jury made up of Lauren Freeman, Reginaldo Valadares, John Comes, Luis Wong, and David Wood. The most sought after award of the night, Best Game was taken home by Frost Punk (11bit studios, Poland), and the equally sought after title of Best Brazilian Game was won by No Heroes Here (Mad Mimic Interactive, Brazil). On the former, the International Jury highly praised the game play that incorporates strategy in a way that does lose its humane touch. The International Jury praised the latter for combining all the elements that go into a perfect get together co-op gaming session. No Heroes Here by Mad Mimic Interactive Brazil also took home the Best Game: Popular Vote award, making it a proud and motivating night for the developers.[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”129″ gal_title=”BIG Festival 2018″]