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- Game of the Year – Beatstar – Touch Your Music
- Pocket Gamer People’s Choice – Cookie Run: Kingdom
- Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment – Genshin Impact
- Best Storytelling – The Oregon Trail, Alien: Isolation
- Best Live Ops – Subway Surfers
- Best Developer – Space Ape Games
- Best Indie Developer – Inkle
Beatstar – Touch Your Music was crowned the coveted Game of the Year at the Mobile Games Awards 2022, the fifth annual ceremony held on April 5th and presented by Pocket Gamer. The awards showcased the achievements of the mobile game industry’s very best companies.
If you need a quick catch-up on what are the Mobile Games Awards, the nominees and how they were chosen, check out our blog Mobile Games Awards 2022 – The Nominees…
There are 23 categories to go through, of which we’ll pick out a few gaming-centric ones as it’s quite an industry-focused event, with categories such as ‘Best Advertising & UA’ and ‘Best Analytics/Data Tool’. You can view a list of winners, here.
Pocket Gamer People’s Choice
The Game of the Year award might’ve gone to Beatstar – Touch Your Music, but the Pocket Gamer People’s Choice award is of equal or greater importance for players, as it was voted on by the players themselves. With 19 other nominees it was no doubt a tough fight, but strategy role-playing game Cookie Run: Kingdom seized the award.
Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment
For a second year running, action role-playing game Genshin Impact bagged the Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment award. Its vast, AAA-quality open world that’s also playable on consoles and gaming PCs is certainly a sight to behold on a device that fits in your pocket.
The Best Storytelling awards went to not one but two winners: Gameloft Brisbane’s modern twist of The Oregon Trail and Feral Interactive’s mobile port of Alien: Isolation. Check out our International Women’s Day episode of Ebuyer Plays, in which we took on this survival horror, here.
Best Live Ops
Live Ops games thrive on mobile, so there’s a lot of competition in this category. However, Subway Surfers took the award. Subway Surfers launched way back in 2012 and has received frequent updates to this day – every month since 2013! It was the most downloaded mobile game of the past decade and even has its own animated series, that’s got to be worthy of an award.
The Best Developer award went to the team behind the Game of the Year award winner, Space Ape Games. You may also be aware of Space Ape Games from Transformers: Earth Wars or their anticipated Boom Beach: Frontlines.
Best Indie Developer
Inkle, a small studio based in Cambridge, won the Best Indie Developer award. They make narrative-driven games and interactive stories. Such as 80 Days, which won Time Magazine’s Game of the Year in 2014. And the Sorcery series, based on the gamebook series by Steve Jackson, co-founder of Games Workshop.
Mobile Gaming at Ebuyer
That’s a wrap on this year’s Mobile Games Awards. From console-quality open world games to survival horror and narrative-driven games, there’s more to mobile games than your simple match-three puzzler.
Check out our blog Gaming on your smartphone – Ultimate mobile gaming guide… and give mobile games a shot, with the latest smartphones and tablets available at Ebuyer.