The NI Game Awards are back and broadcasting live from Belfast on Saturday 6th March

The NI Game Awards return to Belfast this year for a live broadcast on Saturday 6th March.

Supported by Northern Ireland Screen and NI Game Dev Network, the awards will be celebrating 2 years of excellence in the Northern Ireland games industry, featuring awards, announcements, trailers, and special guests (to be announced!).

The NI Game Awards pay tribute to local development studios for their hard work on upcoming and recently released titles, shining a spotlight on some of the individuals and teams making great games here in Northern Ireland.

Award nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Best Mobile Game
  • Best Student Game
  • Best Art Direction (Game)
  • Rising Star Award (Person)
  • Most Anticipated Game (Unreleased)
  • Best Game (2019+20)
  • Best Studio (2019-20)
  • Community Award (Person)

To nominate a game or studio for an award visit HERENominations close on Monday 1st February.

For more information visit

Global Game Jam goes virtual: Friday 29th January

NI Game Dev Network and Farcet Labs have teamed up to host the first ever virtual Global Game Jam (GGJ) on Friday 29th January from 7pm.

Supported by Northern Ireland Screen, GGJ is the world’s largest game creation event to take place around the globe. The event is usually held at ‘physical’ locations, however this year the GGJ goes virtual for the first time.

The aim of the event is for aspiring game developers to come together, be creative, share experiences and express themselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal.

The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration, or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48-hour development cycle. GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

For more information on the event visit HERE.