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Playcrafting’s 2017 Bit Awards are taking place tonight!

The Bit Awards are a New York-based award show run by Playcrafting, a growing organization that helps game makers grow their skills through a variety of on-site classes and courses in Boston, New York City, and San Francisco. The show focuses on students & exhibitors at past Playcrafting events alongside other elements of the gaming industry. TechRaptor has been to quite a few of Playcrafting’s events such as their various quarterly expos, special monthly panels, and the inaugural Play NYC convention.

Tonight’s show will be hosted by Ruffin Prentis, the voice and face of Marcus Holloway in Watch Dogs 2. Adding a bit more star power to the mix is Lucie Pohl – actress, comedian, and perhaps best known in the gaming world as the voice behind Mercy in Overwatch. She’ll be presenting the Game Changer award. Speaking of awards, let’s take a look at the nominees for the various categories!


PC/Console Game of the Year

  • Black Future ’88 by SUPERSCARYSNAKES
  • Heliophobia by Glass Knuckle Games
  • Next Up Hero by Digital Continue (Our Preview)
  • Perception by The Deep End Games (Our Review)
  • Slime-san by The Fabraz Company


Mobile Game of the Year

  • Age of Rivals by Roboto Games
  • Battery Boy by Petricore
  • Bouncy Smash by IV Studios
  • Calculator: The Game by Simple Machine
  • Mama Hawk by ComputerLunch


Tabletop Game of the Year

  • Biome Builder by Killer Snails
  • San, Ni, Ichi by Ironmark Games
  • Someone Has Died by Gather Round Games
  • The Ultimate Clapback by Mot & Dot
  • University of Dope by Vance Hall


Best Style

  • Batbarian by Frederic Tarabout
  • Black Future ’88 by SUPERSCARYSNAKES
  • Catty Shack by E&E Games
  • Neon Wasteland by Rob Shields
  • Perception by The Deep End Games (Our Review)
  • Yi and the Thousand Moons by David Su


Best XR Game

  • Clash of Magic by Narvalous
  • Fractal by Phosphene Designs
  • Panoptic by Team Panoptes
  • Paulo’s Wing by Angry Array & Blitzen Games
  • Tornado Tower by Dizzy Slugs


Best Student Game

  • Awkward Date by Asterism Game Studio
  • Black Emperor by Bumblebear Games
  • Don’t Bite Me Bro! by MUIFWEGO
  • Don’t Look Away by Eos Interactive & Made in Brooklyn Games
  • Magic Masks by Magic Masks Team
  • Sumer by Studio Wumpus (Our Preview)


Player’s Choice

  1. The Ultimate Clap Back by Mot & Dot
  2. Black Emperor by BumbleBear Games
  3. Perception by The Deep End Games


The Player’s Choice category is decided by public voting; you can cast your vote here. There are two other awards categories besides these. The Game Changer Honoree for this year is Warren Spector, an industry luminary best known for his work on the UltimaSystem Shock, and Deus Ex franchises. The Rising Pixel Award is bestowed upon an up and coming developer from each of Playcrafting’s three core cities (Boston, New York City, and San Francisco).

If you’re in the New York City area tonight and you’d like to head to the show, you might be able to snag a ticket for the event here. If you won’t be able to make it to the NYC area tonight (and who can blame you, it’s freezing right now!), you can catch the show live on Playcrafting’s Twitch channel starting at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. For more information, you can swing on over to the Bit Awards website and Playcrafting’s website. Be sure to look for our post-show coverage!

What do you think of the 2017 Bit Awards? Do any of the games particularly stand out to you? Let us know in the comments below!

Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!