CVA 2016 Categories and Nomination Criteria

(Note: A game may be nominated in only one (1) of the following four genre/platform categories)

Best Console Game – Best game for console hardware (ie. Wii U, Xbox One, PlayStation 4)

Best PC Game – Best game for PC hardware

Best Mobile/Handheld Game –  Best game on a handheld or mobile device:
Handheld Platforms (ie. PS Vita, 3DS)
Mobile Games (ie. iOS, Android)

Best Virtual Reality Game – Best game on a virtual reality platform (ie. HTC VIVE, Oculus Rift, PS VR, Gear VR, Google Cardboard)

Under limited circumstances, a game may be nominated for more than one platform/genre category if it meets the following two conditions: 1) the version of the game nominated in one category (eg. console) is distinct from the version of the game nominated in another category (eg. handheld or mobile), and 2) each version of the game nominated was developed by a different development team. In the event a game is nominated for multiple categories, the CVA Adjudication committee will verify that each version nominated satisfies these two conditions.

(Note: There are no nomination limits in the following categories)

Best Animation – Recognizing the best overall in-game animation experience, showcasing originality, innovation, creativity and emotion.

Best Art Direction – Recognizing excellence in the visual art of a game, including design, art direction, modeling etc. across all platforms

Best Audio – Rewarding excellence in the design and application of sound, dialogue and music to create an exceptional audio experience.

Best Debut Game – Recognizing the best game from a new studio without a parent or sister affiliate.

Best Educational Game – Recognizing excellence in video games that attempt to teach the user using the game as a vehicle.

Best Game Design – Recognizing excellence in game design across all platforms with specific attention paid to those innovative designs and superior execution that challenge traditional principles.

Best Game Innovation – Recognizing something truly extraordinary that expands the boundaries of the game industry.

Best Indie Game – Best game submission by a small independent Canadian developer (< 50 full time equivalents), group or individual.  Note:  The developer must retain full creative control over the property, even if they have received financial support from a third party (publisher or otherwise). Entrants must have obtained written permission from all persons or entities having any rights to the game, as well as the necessary rights to commercially publish the game using any third party technology, if applicable.

Best Musical Score – Awarded to the best original score created in Canada for a video game.

Best Narrative – Best storyline, scenario or dialogue across all genres and platforms

Best New Character – This award celebrates the most indelible new character in a Canadian made video game.

Best Performance – For the best performance featured in a game; from voice artistry through to motion capture

Best Technology – Recognizing excellence in graphics programming, AI, physics and networking across all platforms. All submissions are required to be an advancement in their respective field, developed in-house. Third-party Graphics and Physics engines and tools can be used, but it will be the implementation and unique aspects of the new technology that the developer built themselves that will be judged.

Game of the Year – Best Canadian-made game across all genres and platforms. The majority of the work on the game must have been completed in Canada.

(Note: Winner for this category will be determined by fan votes.  Fan voting will open October 25th. )

Best Canadian-Made Game – The game across all genres and platforms that receives the most votes by the Canadian public for the Best Canadian-Made Game Award. The majority of the work on the game must have been completed in Canada.

(Note: The category below is not open to nominations and finalists will be determined by a panel of industry experts.  The winner for this category will be determined by fan votes.  Fan voting will open October 25th. )

Best International Game – Best game across all genres and platforms made outside of Canada