The IMGA’s judging process is what makes our competition unique and fair. We want to make sure that every single mobile game received during the call for entries has been tested and played by our jury members, and that we’re not just awarding the most popular game or the game with the best trailer, but the best game! With a growing number of participants, selecting the winners from among the hundreds of entries has become a great challenge for our awards. This is why we need your help to pare down the list of selected games! So are you ready to play, play, and play?
As soon as the call for entries ends, we ask our online judges to start playing the submitted games. Every jury member gets a list of games to review. After the creation of their IMGA account and profile, the online judges receive an invitation to download these games. By connecting to the online judging platform, judges will access their list of assigned games, leave comments, and decide whether these games should advance in the nomination process. Once the finalists have been selected, our on-site jury members will then select the winners for each category.
Our online judges' comments are extremely valuable to us at this stage of the competition: your feedback will enable us to know what you like and what you don't about each submission. Your feedback will also help our jury to determine the categories during the final phase of judging.
Every IMGA online judge has at least five years professional experience in the mobile games industry, an in-depth knowledge of how games are made, and a great understanding of what kinds of games are out there. Some of our online judges specialize in mobile VR, technology, casual games, and even hardcore multiplayer games.
Becoming an online judge is great if you are curious about new releases, the latest trends, or the hottest veteran and upcoming studios. Since we also accept unpublished games, you will also have the opportunity to play amazing titles before anyone else. By joining our online judging team, you will also expand your professional network, meet new people in the industry, and receive VIP invitations to our events and awards ceremonies. You will also receive an online judge badge for your website, portfolio, blog, and social media profiles.
After having subscribed as an online judge, you will receive an email with the basic rules to respect when reviewing games. Of those rules, these are the most important points to us:
We will ask you to respect the hard work that developers have put in their creation. It is crucial that you take the time to test and play the game. Some small games can be evaluated quickly, even after playing just three or four levels. Other games will require more work.
If you play a mobile game you made yourself, or if it is a game made by a studio you (partially) own, the studio of your husband, wife, boyfriend or worst enemy, you will not be able to judge it. Please do not vote in this case.
IMGA has always looked to award games that are the most visionary. The most important element in the competition is innovation. We appreciate games that take a different approach. If you happen to evaluate such a game, consider yourself lucky! Conversely, if you find a game that looks like an existing mobile game, don’t be too quick with your judgement – there may be something there to surprise you.
There are two other aspects that you need to know before judging submitted games. You might be asked to play premium games. If this should occur, promo codes will be provided so that you can download the game free of charge. You may also be asked to review games that have not yet been released. We will provide you with the information and tools needed to download and play the unpublished game.
We need your knowledge and your expertise to reward the best games. Please use the following link to subscribe and become an official International Mobile Gaming Awards online judge for our next competition! Still not convinced? Read our post “5 good reasons to become an online judge for IMGA”!