The International Gamers Awards (IGA) have announced the finalists for their 2020 Game of the Year award. The five finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
- Azul: Summer Pavilion
- Imperial Struggle
- The Crew
A total of 12 games received nominations. The seven non-finalists are listed below:
- Crystal Palace
- Ecos: First Continent
- Marco Polo II
- On Mars
- Paladins of the West Kingdoms
- The Taverns of Tiefenthal
- Tiny Towns
The overall winner of the award, chosen from the five finalists, will be announced during the Spiel Digital event this week. The announcement can be tracked on IGA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalGamersAwards/
There is usually a second IGA award, for best 2-player game of the year. Due to the difficulties associated with the Corona virus, it was decided to only have a single Game of the Year award for 2020, for which all games, regardless of the number of players, would be eligible for.
The IGA committee sent us the following release:
“The International Gamers Awards were founded in 1999 to recognize outstanding games, their designers, and the companies which publish them, and the awards have been announced every year at Spiel in Essen. The awards are truly international in scope, with committee members representing countries throughout the world. This year has been a particularly difficult one, since for obvious reasons it has not always been easy to play the new releases face to face. Nevertheless, we are proud to say that the team, spread out across the world, has come together to announce the 5 nominees for IGA Game of the Year 2020.
“For previous year’s awards, you can check out the website
> The overall winner of the award, chosen from the five finalists, will be announced during the Spiel Digital event this week.
Technically true, but if it isn’t The Crew I will eat my left shoe. The Crew is going to sweep all the awards like Wingspan did last year. I really don’t think there is a close second place game on this list.
If it’s not The Crew, I’ll watch you eat your left shoe! But seriously, I agree. And now I’m heading back over to BoardGameArena to play more of The Crew.
The Crew for me, too. I’d like to see another 50 missions as an expansion.