The 2017 Bit Awards Announces Nominees

Published: November 15, 2017 8:30 PM /


Playcrafting 2017 Bit Awards

The 2017 Bit Awards, an awards show produced by Playcrafting in partnership with the Parsons School of Design, has announced their nominees for this year as shown on their website.

The end of the year is nearing, and that means it's high time for some awards to be handed out to deserving games. The 2017 Bit Awards focuses on indie developers centered around Playcrafting locations and the surrounding locales. Here are the categories and their nominees:


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)

Aside from these specific categories, three sets of special awards are up for grabs. The Player's Choice Award is simply a game released in 2017 by a simple vote. The Game Changer Honoree is awarded to someone from within the industry recognizing them for their contribution to the medium. Finally, the Rising Pixel Awards are bestowed upon one up and coming developer from Playcrafting's three established core cities: San Francisco, New York City, and Boston.

The 2017 Bit Awards will be emceed by Ruffin Prentis, the voice and face of Marcus Holloway in Watch Dogs 2. A limited number of seats are available to the public. If you'd like to learn more about the 2017 Bit Awards (or try to snap up one of the public seats for yourself), head on over to the show's official website. They'll be taking place on Friday, December 15, 2017.

What do you think of the nominees for the 2017 Bit Awards? Are there any particularly strong contenders in any of the categories? Let us know in the comments below!

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