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Origins Awards

When: Saturday, 8pm-10pm
Where: Union Station Ballroom B
How Much: $40

The purpose of the Origins Awards is to acknowledge excellence in game design and to help increase publicity and sales for the nominees, winners, and the Origins convention.

Any publisher or designer can submit their products for consideration during the eligibility period, which opens on November 16 of each year and closes on November 15 of the following year. Eligibility is based on the official release date - that is, when the product was made available for sale to the general public.

In each category, a jury of industry professionals evaluates the submissions and chooses their top products, which will become the nominees. These are announced after the GAMA Trade Show in March. The full list of nominees is then sent to the members of the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design, who place their votes by email. The winners will be announced at the Origins Awards Ceremony, during which you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Note: this is a ticketed event and may sell out.

Fan Favorite Voting Booth

During the show, you will have the opportunity to examine and play the submitted games in the Origins Awards Area at Hall B 1166. You can also cast your vote for your preferred nominees, which will determine the winners of the Fan Favorite Awards in each category. When you vote, you also receive a free generic ticket (limit one per badge). Voting ends at 12pm on Saturday, June 15.

Make sure to try out the nominees in the Nominee Showcase Area! Stop by Hall C 205 before you vote to demo a selection of nominated titles on luxury Game Toppers!

Thank you to these companies for sponsoring the Origins Awards.

Vanguard Awards

Vanguard Awards are given periodically for products that were exceptionally innovative, had an impact on the industry, or were otherwise deemed by the Academy to be unique and pioneering.

Hall of Fame

Each year, Origins honors individuals and products who have made lasting and significant contributions to the hobby games industry by inducting them into the Origins Hall of Fame. New inductees are selected by existing Hall of Fame members.

Rising Star Award

This is the inaugural year for the Rising Star award. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who over their careers have contributed in fields that have advanced gaming and brought new players into its audience. Usually the candidates for the Hall of Fame have worked in their fields for 15 years or longer and their accomplishments have stood strong over the years. The Rising Star award is intended to honor individuals who are in the early stages of their careers in gaming who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their early work and achievements. By honoring the achievements of our newer colleagues, we hope to inspire them and others to continue to create the things that our players love.

The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design

The Academy is made up of game designers, publishers, authors, editors, developers, artists, graphic designers, reviewers, game sellers, and other professionals working in the games industry.