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GameRefinery announces the winners of its new Mobile GameDev Awards 2021

Mobile game analytics specialist GameRefinery today announced the winners of its first-ever annual Mobile GameDev Awards 2021. The award ceremony was broadcasted via live-stream as part of its 2021 Mobile GameDev Seminar. Moreover, the awards recognize and celebrate innovation in mobile game development and design from developers in the US, China, and Japan.

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our first Mobile GameDev Awards to highlight innovation and creativity in the mobile game industry. The winners are great examples of game feature innovation, creating amazing experiences for their players that keep them coming back time and time again

Markus Råmark, CEO, GameRefinery

List of winners in Mobile GameDev Awards 2021 by GameRefinery

1. Innovation & Excellence in Core Gameplay

The most innovative and well-executed core gameplay seen in 2020: Genshin Impact.

2. Most Promising Soft Launch Game

The 2020 soft launch game most likely to be a breakout launch success based on gameplay: Farlight84

3. Biggest evolver

The game that has developed the most during 2020 in terms of gameplay:

  • US: Marvel Strike Force
  • Japan: Pokémon GO 
  • China: Crossfire

4. Best Newcomer

The best new entry into the market during 2020:

  • US: Genshin Impact 
  • Japan: Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent
  • China: The Marvelous Snail

5. Best Feature innovation 

The most innovative new feature introduced in a game during 2020: Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross – World exploration in turn-based RPG 

6. Best Event 

The best in-game event held during 2020:

  • US: Genshin Impact 
  • Japan: War of the Visions FFBEFinal Fantasy Tactics Collaboration 
  • China: LifeAfter – player votes change the event story and world landscape (e.g., with volcanoes and hurricanes).

Selection process of Mobile GameDev Awards 2021

An international jury of industry peers, including GameRefinery analysts, gaming advisors and podcast creators Deconstructor of Fun, and creative platform Luna Labs, selected both the finalists and winners. Contenders went head-to-head in six categories, including Innovation in Core Gameplay, Most Promising Soft Launch Game, Biggest Evolver, Biggest Newcomer, Best Feature Innovation, and Best Event.


Final Notes

GameRefinery Mobile GameDev Awards 2021
The award ceremony was broadcasted via live-stream as part of its 2021 Mobile GameDev Seminar

Award winners delivered acceptance speeches during the 2021 Mobile GameDev Seminar, such as the following from the team at Marvel Strike Force.

We are proud to accept the Biggest Evolver award on behalf of everyone on the Marvel Strike Force team here at Scopely

Jason Bender, Creative Director, Marvel Strike Force

“This year’s success is made possible by a large team of passionate people, starting with the teams who brought us some of this year’s biggest features. But those features are only part of a much larger game. So I’d like to thank the entire team who keeps the whole game new and exciting day in and day out, as well as our partners at Marvel who are wonderful collaborators and were with us every step of the way.” he concluded.


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