Hollow Knight developer Team Cherry took home the award for Studio of the Year at the Australian Game Developer Awards.
It’s been a year of stand-out notoriety for the Australian developers as Metroidvania Hollow Knight received a massive second wind after launching on Nintendo Switch, where It was the highest-selling game of Switch for August.
Hosted in the St Kilda Town Hall in Melbourne, the Australian Game Developer Awards recognises the best on show within the Australian industry and forms part of the Melbourne International Games Week.
The Voxel Agents won the award for Game of the Year with puzzle game Gardens Between, which is available on Switch, PC and console.
On top of that, freelance narrative and production consultant Liam Esler won the Industry Champion award for his contribution to the Australian games development space.
Hipster Whale business administrator and IGDA Melbourne chapter director Giselle Rosman took home the Adam Lancman prize. A prize named after the founder and president of the Game Developers' Association of Australia.
Alongside those rewards, others were given out that didn’t have a name attached to them, but instead identified games with a good mix of art, sound and gameplay.
The full list of winners is below:
Game of the Year: The Gardens Between by The Voxel Agents
Adam Lancman Award: Giselle Rosman
Industry Champion: Liam Esler
Studio of the Year: Team Cherry (Hollow Knight)
Hien Pham for It Will Be Hard
Sav (Savannah) Ferguson for That Boy Is A Monstr
Opaque Space for Earthlight
Massive Monster for The Adventure Pals
Protostar Games for Super Starfish
Robot House for Rumu
Paper House for Paperbark
Mountains for Florence