The great and the good of the games industry were celebrated at the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2022 last night at the historic Church House Westminster in London.
It was the first in-person awards for TIGA since the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 300 games industry VIPs attending to cheer the games, the studios, the universities and the vital service support companies that have excelled over the past year.
Supermassive Games picked up the prestigious Game of the Year award for The Quarry, with the game also winning Best Audio Design. The studio also snapped up a third award – Creativity in Games – for The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes.
ustwo Games stepped on stage twice, winning Best Small Studio, as well as Best Casual Game for Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.
Rebellion was named Best Large Studio, while Kwalee claimed the award for Best Publisher, and Sumo Group was awarded Outstanding Employer of the Year.
A new category – Commitment to CSR – was introduced for 2022, with PlayStation London Studio the first winner of this important award.
Two individuals were presented with awards during the evening. Karen McLoughlin, Group Director of HR at Sumo Group was presented with the Outstanding Leadership Award. Meanwhile, Dovetail Games’ CEO Jon Rissik was named Outstanding Individual of the Year.
The full list of TIGA Games Industry Awards 2022 winners are:
BEST ACTION & ADVENTURE GAME 2022
Sony Interactive Entertainment/Guerrilla Games
Horizon Forbidden West
BEST ARCADE GAME 2022
Space Ape Games
Beatstar – Touch Your Music
BEST CASUAL GAME 2022
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
BEST AUDIO DESIGN 2022
CREATIVITY IN GAMES 2022
The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes
Women in Games
BEST EDUCATIONAL, SERIOUS OR SIMULATION GAME 2022
Horrible Histories: Raid and Trade
HERITAGE IN GAMES 2022
BEST PUZZLE GAME 2022
BEST SOCIAL GAME 2022
BEST STRATEGY GAME 2022
Total War: WARHAMMER III
BEST VISUAL DESIGN 2022
BEST VR/AR GAME 2022
BEST ART, ANIMATION OR TRAILER SUPPLIER 2022
BEST AUDIO SERVICES 2022
BEST EDUCATION INITIATIVE 2022
BEST EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION 2022
Birmingham City University
BEST QA PROVIDER 2022
BEST TAX & ACCOUNTANCY COMPANY 2022
BEST RECRUITMENT AGENCY 2022
BEST TOOLS, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION 2022
BEST LEGAL SERVICES 2022
Eaton Smith LLP
BEST SERVICES PROVIDER 2022
PTW Family of Brands
BEST SMALL STUDIO 2022
BEST LARGE STUDIO 2022
COMMITMENT TO CSR 2022
PlayStation London Studio
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 2022
OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP 2022
Karen McLoughlin, Group Director of HR, Sumo Group
PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR 2022
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR 2022
Jon Rissik, CEO, Dovetail Games
GAME OF THE YEAR 2022
Dr Richard Wilson OBE, CEO of TIGA, said: “A huge and hearty congratulations to all the winners of the TIGA Games Industry Awards 2022. They are all worthy winners and it was wonderful to once again celebrate, in-person, the fantastic achievements of the games industry. I would like to thank everyone who entered the Awards. Thank you also to our finalists, judges and to all who joined us on the night. Finally, thank you to the TIGA team and to all our generous sponsors for enabling TIGA to promote and recognise excellence through our Awards.”
SpecialEffect was the Charity Partner for the TIGA Awards. This inspirational organisation transforms the lives of physically disabled people right across the world through the innovative use of technology.
The TIGA Awards were made possible thanks to supporters of the not-for-profit organisation. Sponsors included (Gold Sponsors) Amiqus, Sumo Group, Supermassive Games and Ubisoft; (Silver Sponsors) Abertay University, Airship, Dovetail Games, Games Jobs Direct, Hangar 13, Liquid Crimson, Pearson, Space Ape Games, Staffordshire University, Universally Speaking and the University of Portsmouth; (Bronze Sponsors) Antstream, Avatar Games, Birmingham City University, Bournemouth University, CCP Games, Creative Wales, Eaton Smith LLP, Hot House Music, Invest Newcastle, MMP Tax, Outplay, Payload Studios, PTW, RSM, S-Tech Insurance Services, Stevens & Bolton, Tazman Audio, Testronic and Worldmakers; plus (Drinks Sponsor) Kwalee.