Nominees for The Design and Game Awards are chosen by a jury of media and
influencer outlets, selected for their history of critical evaluation and/or knowledge of games.
The full list of jury is available here. Each jury member will complete a confidential, unranked
ballot based on their experience and opinion, listing out its top four choices in each category.
These ballots are tabulated, and the four games that appear on the most ballots are put forth as
nominees. In the event of a tie, five (or more) nominees will be announced in a category.
Given the sheer number of games released each year, as well as the extended time required to
fully evaluate products, a jury approach allows for the widest possible critical assessment. A
ballot submitted to The Design and Game Awards represents the opinion of an
individual's point of view.
Creating a 100% fan vote presents several challenges. First, given that some games are exclusive
to one system or platform, a public vote puts single-platform games at an inherent disadvantage
over multi-platform titles. In addition, we want to ensure that winners cannot be "socially
engineered" in any way. We find that a blended vote is the most credible and authentic way to
At the start of the Awards Season, publishers, designers, and developers are permitted to
provide review copies or digital redemption codes to jury members. In order to ensure the
credibility of the voting process, The Design and Game Awards maintains a strict "no
campaigning" policy. Publishers and developers are asked to avoid any communication that could
be interpreted as "campaigning" for nomination. Any violations of this policy will be reviewed
and may lead to the disqualification of a title or, in extreme cases, disqualification of an
entire publisher's slate from awards eligibility in a given year. To meet our balloting
deadlines, publishers or developers may provide advance or pre-release access to games for
The Design and Game Awards strongly believes that no game developer, designer,
or publisher should have to pay to have their game considered for nomination. Thus, there are no
entry forms or fees required - all games are automatically eligible. Game developers/publishers
do not need to "submit" their games, but doing so will ensure it is considered in the nomination
No, the awards in the Nomination categories are not disclosed before the event. Developers,
designers, and publishers find out the nominees and winners at the same time as the public. The
Design and Game Awards does not disclose winners in advance of the live
ceremony to any outside parties, unless absolutely necessary for logistics of the event. There
are no exceptions to this rule.
Award Consideration Time - January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018
Nominee Submission - January 2nd, 2019 to January 29, 2019
Nominees Announced - February 18th, 2019
Jury / Fan Voting - February 20th, 2019 to March 6th, 2019
Awards Ceremony - April 10th, 2019