DigiPen students don’t just distinguish themselves in the classroom – they create work that stands out in international competitions at both the student and professional levels. Below, you'll find some of the awards that DigiPen students have won. For more information about our students’ work, including games, animations, and other projects, visit www.digipen.edu/gallery.



Independent Games Festival

The original proving ground for both independent and student game developers (and still the largest festival celebrating indie games), the IGF has recognized more DigiPen student games than those of any other school in the world.

Since the IGF began its Student Showcase in 2001, it has granted 46 awards  to 36 DigiPen student projects. DigiPen games have earned the coveted “Best Student Game” title for three of the six years that the IGF has awarded it, and have even won awards in categories competing against professional developers – making DigiPen one of the only schools in the world to do so.

  • Perspective - Finalist, Technical Excellence (Professional Category), IGF 2013
  • Super Space ____ - Finalist, Excellence in Design (Professional Category), IGF 2013
  • Chrono Disfunglement - Honorable Mention, Student Showcase, IGF 2013
  • Blockhead - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF China 2012 (Singapore)
  • Flip's Adventure - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF China 2012 (Singapore)
  • Potawatomi - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF China 2012 (Singapore)
  • Pixi - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF 2012 (Singapore)
  • Nous - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Honorable Mention, Student Showcase, IGF 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Honorable Mention, Technical Excellence (Professional Category), IGF 2012
  • Be Good - Honorable Mention, Student Showcase, IGF 2012
  • Solace - Winner, Student Showcase, IGF 2011
  • Pixi - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF China 2011 (Singapore)
  • Pixi - Excellent Student Winner, IGF China 2011 (Singapore)
  • Terra: The Legend of the Geochine - IGF Student Finalist, GDC China 2011 (Singapore)
  • Void - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF China 2011 (Singapore)
  • Void – Winner, Best Student Game, China IGF 2011 (Singapore)
  • Void –Excellence in Technology (Professional Category), China IGF 2011 (Singapore)
  • Dreamside Maroon - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2010
  • Igneous - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2010
  • GEAR - Honorable Mention, IGF 2010
  • Tag: The Power of Paint - Winner, Best Student Game, IGF 2009
  • Tag: The Power of Paint - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF 2009
  • Empyreal Nocturne - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2008
  • Synaesthete - Winner, Best Student Game, IGF 2008
  • Synaesthete - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF 2008
  • Synaesthete - Finalist, Excellence in Visual Arts (Professional Category), IGF 2008
  • Base Invaders - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2007
  • Gelatin Joe - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2007
  • Toblo - Winner, Best Student Game, IGF 2007
  • Toblo - Finalist, Student Showcase, IGF 2007
  • Toblo - Finalist, Design Innovation Award (Professional Category), IGF 2007
  • Narbacular Drop - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2006
  • Orblitz - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2006
  • Sea of Chaos - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2006
  • Rumble Box - Finalist, Innovation in Game Design (Professional Category), IGF 2006
  • Kisses - Finalist (Professional Category), IGF 2005
  • Rock Station - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2005
  • Scavenger Hunt - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2005
  • Ice Wars - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2004
  • Bontago - Winner, Innovation in Game Design (Professional Category), IGF 2004
  • Scrapped - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2004
  • Crazy Cross - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2003
  • Vektor Space - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2003
  • Mall Monster - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2003
  • Valence - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2003
  • Commando Attack Sub - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2002
  • Thugs - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2002
  • GenJox - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2001
  • Matrix Attack - Student Showcase Winner, IGF 2001

PAX 10

A highlight of the annual Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, WA, the PAX 10 is a showcase of the best independent and student games from around the world. Selected each year by a panel of industry experts from a field of over a hundred submissions, the PAX 10 celebrates innovative new gameplay across a broad spectrum of platforms and genres. The PAX 10 has featured a DigiPen student game every year for the last four years.

Indie Game Challenge

The Indie Game Challenge is a collaboration between the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, GameStop Corp., and the Guildhall at Southern Methodist University. Four DigiPen student games have been featured as finalists in the competition, and one DigiPen student game took home the $100,000 Grand Prize: 2010’s GEAR.

  • Nitronic Rush - Gamer's Choice Award, Voted on by the Public, Indie Game Challenge 2012
  • The Fourth Wall - Finalist, Indie Game Challenge 2012
  • Solace - Non-Professional Finalist, Indie Game Challenge 2011
  • Subsonic - Non-Professional Finalist, Indie Game Challenge 2011
  • GEAR - Non-Professional Grand Prize Winner, Indie Game Challenge 2010
  • Dreamside Maroon - Finalist, Indie Game Challenge 2010

Other Game Awards

DigiPen students have also won recognition in many other competitions, including IndieCade, Slamdance, and the Northwest Games Festival. For more information about our students' work, including games, animations, and other projects, head to www.digipen.edu/gallery.

  • Perspective - Finalist, Best Original Idea Award, hóPlay 2012
  • Perspective - Finalist, Playability Award, hóPlay 2012
  • Super Space  ­­­­­_____ - Finalist, IndieCade 2012
  • Molto Vivace - Finalist, Best Basque Video Game Award, hóPlay 2012
  • Douse - Invited Presenter at the Sense of Wonder Night, Tokyo Game Show 2012
  • Deity - Grand Prize Winner, Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Technical Excellence Winner, Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Finalist (Grand Prize), Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Finalist (Best Audio), Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Winner (Playability Award), hóPlay 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Finalist (Best Sound/Music Award), hóPlay 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Finalist (Best Design Award), hóPlay 2012
  • Nitronic Rush - Winner, Best Independent Game Award, Fun & Serious Games Festival 2012
  • Leshy - Finalist (Technical Excellence), Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Leshy - Finalist (Best Design), Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Leshy - Finalist (Best Audio), Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Nous - Best Narrative Award, Brazilian International Game Festival 2012
  • Gear: Full Circle - Honorable Mention, Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • The Fourth Wall - Honorable Mention, Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Solstice - Winner, Kinect Award, hóPlay 2012
  • Solstice - Honorable Mention, Independent Propeller Awards 2012
  • Solstice - Invited Presenter at the Sense of Wonder Night, Tokyo Game Show 2011
  • Solace - Finalist, IndieCade 2010
  • Solace - Honorable Mention, Independent Propellor Awards 2012
  • A Flipping Good Time - Official Selection, Extra Credits Innovation Award, LOGIN 2011
  • Sowlar - Finalist, IndieCade 2009
  • Toblo - Finalist, Slamdance 2007
  • Base Invaders - Finalist, Slamdance 2007
  • Toblo - Best Game on the Go Winner, Intel Games Demo 2006
  • Toblo - Audience Award, Northwest Games Festival 2006
  • Narbacular Drop - Finalist, Slamdance 2006
  • Rumble Box - Physics Award, Slamdance 2006
  • Rumble Box - Finalist, Slamdance 2006
  • Scavenger Hunt - Audience Award, Slamdance 2005
  • Scavenger Hunt - Finalist, Slamdance 2005

Austin GDC Game Narrative Review Competition

Part of the Austin Game Developers Conference’s Game Narrative Summit, this competition tests students’ ability to analyze game narratives and communicate about narrative techniques. Seven DigiPen students have won the competition’s platinum prize: Khalil Moutrie (2012), Erik Foss (2011), Ben Vandergrift (2010), Talon Ireland (2009), Sean Gubelman (2008), Alex Kamm (2008), and Erik Osaben (2008). Additionally, 37 DigiPen students have won the competition’s gold prize.

  • Moutrie, Khalil - Platinum Winner, AGDC Game Narrative Review Competition 2012
  • Cassell, Ryan - Gold Winner, AGDC Game Narrative Review Competition 2012
  • Dassler, Samuel - Gold Winner, AGDC Game Narrative Review Competition 2012
  • Kanigal, David - Honorable Mention (poster), AGDC 2011
  • Foss, Erik - Platinum Winner, AGDC Game Narrative 2011
  • Vandergrift, Ben - Platinum Winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Barth, Zachary - Gold Winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Durand, Ryan - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Hayes, Patrick - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Hogue, Zabir- Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Hunter, Sean- Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Kwan, Perng - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Lobato, Michael - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • McCrain, Evan- Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • McWilliams, Andrew - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Parsell, Jay - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Rotondo, Nicholas- Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Ryan, Allan - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Tallman, Chris - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2010
  • Austria, Paul - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Bacon, Laura - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Cameron, Patrick - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Chen, Alex - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Clark, Christopher - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Davidson, Raymond - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Durand, Ryan - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Goga, Adam - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Hutchinson, Hamza - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Leung, Joanna - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Liddell, Evan - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Lopes, Tom - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Mcelroy, Cullen - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • McElroy, Michael - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • O’Leary, Patrick - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Parsell, Jay - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Peng, Kwan - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Sexton, Kirk - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Susetyo, Michael - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Walker, Patrick - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Walker, Wayne - Gold winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Ireland, Talon - Platinum winner, Game Narrative Review Competition, AGDC 2009
  • Gubelman, Sean – Platinum Winner, Game Narrative Review Competition at AGDC 2008
  • Kamm, Alex - Platinum Winner, Game Narrative Review Competition at AGDC 2008
  • Osaben, Erik - Platinum Winner, Game Narrative Review Competition at AGDC 2008

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