IGEA Announces AGDAs 2023


The Australian Game Developer Awards (AGDAs) is the Australian games industry’s night of nights where we join together and celebrate the outstanding games and individual achievements by the Australian game development community.

The 2023 AGDAs will be taking place on the evening of Wednesday October 4th (as part of Melbourne International Games Week) at The Forum Melbourne, a stunning and iconic live music venue.

The 2022 AGDAs winners such as Cult of the Lamb, Heavenly Bodies, Wylde Flowers and Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg have gone on to achieve multiple nominations and wins at games awards ceremonies around the world. We know that 2023 is brimming with even more amazing Australian-made games just waiting to be recognised.

The 2022 AGDAs brought in the largest audience ever with over 1600 people joining us either online via our live broadcast or in-person at The Forum for the ceremony and we’re expecting even greater numbers and interest this year.

By delivering the AGDAs, IGEA celebrates and elevates the diverse and talented Australian games industry offering 13 game awards as well as the 4 personal and studio awards. As always, we have taken community feedback to improve the process and tweak categories to ensure our awards are reflective of the local industry.

This year the categories are:


Excellence in Art

Excellence in Gameplay

Excellence in Narrative

Excellence In Sound Design

Excellence in Music

Excellence in Technical Design

Excellence in Accessibility

Excellence in Mobile Games

Excellence in AR/VR

Excellence in Impactful Games *

Excellence In Ongoing Games (Games as a Service)

Excellence in Emerging Games (Student or Early Career)

Game of The Year


Studio of The Year

The Adam Lancman Award

The Rising Star Award

The Empower Award

* Previously named Excellence in Serious Games

Game submissions will open in May. Keep an eye on the AGDAs website as more information becomes available and stay in the loop by signing up to our AGDAs/GCAP newsletter via the AGDAs website home page.

Information regarding the judging and assessment of games submitted can be found via our Judging Page and publicly available Assessment Criteria.

The AGDAs are only made possible by the outstanding work of our curated judging committee each of whom draw on their experience from across the entire video games industry.

If you’d like to help us assess the immense level of talent the Australian games industry has to offer, please consider applying to be part of this year’s judging committee by completing the

Judging Application Form

(Submissions will close the 20th of April 2023, so don’t hesitate to apply!)

If you have any questions, please reach out to the AGDAs team via our email:  agdas@igea.net

Ceri Hutton will be managing sponsorships and business development opportunities and is ready to discuss how you can become involved in supporting the AGDAs and helping grow the Australian game development community.

For more information on AGDAs sponsorship opportunities reach out via email: Ceri@igea.net

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