This year at E3 Epic Games will be bringing back the official Unreal E3 Awards. The awards will recognize developers with outstanding achievements in a variety of categories ranging from visual fidelity to originality. Unsurprisingly, your game must be made in the Unreal Engine in order to be nominated for an Unreal E3 Award.
Nominees will be announced near the end of E3 week on June 14th, 2018, with winners unveiled the following week on June 21st, 2018. Nominees and winners will be selected by the “Unreal Engine marketing and community team” according to a company representative.
The Unreal E3 Awards will nominate and award winners in five different categories:
— Eye Candy: This award is given to the most visually impressive Unreal Engine game at E3 2018 and rewards the use of leading-edge graphics that push the medium of interactive entertainment forward.
— Most Addictive: This award is given to the experience that people simply can’t put down. Nominees will make players forget about their surroundings and lead to fun-induced sleep deprivation.
— Best Original Game: This award is given to the project with huge potential as an all-new IP. Nominees will spark interest not only through gameplay, but through original characters and worlds that are put on full display during E3 2018.
— Biggest Buzz: This award is given to the project that creates the most talked about moment of E3 2018. From a major game reveal to an undeniably impressive demo or a major twist that flips the industry on its ear, this award goes to the Unreal Engine team or project that produces the most buzz.
— Unreal Underdog: This award is given to the independent team that pushes the limits to achieve an amazing showing for their title at E3 2018. Focusing on not just the product, but the people and process behind it, this award acknowledges a team’s perseverance to make a big splash and stand out from the crowd.
Winning teams from each category will receive, in addition to the recognition itself, a new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU from NVIDIA and a new Core i7-8700K CPU from Intel. That’s a solid foundation for a powerful VR rig.
Even though there isn’t a VR-specific category in the awards, I’d imagine that plenty of VR games will see nominations in the Eye Candy and Original Game categories.
If you’d like to alert the judging committee at Epic about your Unreal Engine-powered game for consideration in the awards, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
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