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GamingonPhone Awards 2023 Finalists are announced across 15 categories

We are overwhelmed by the amount of nominations we have received for GamingonPhone Awards 2023, the third edition of our annual award show. After going through thousands of nominations, now we have the finalists for the 15 categories. And with this, the voting also opens for the Players’ Choice Game Award.

One important thing that needs a mention is that, unlike previous years, this year ZiMAD, an American game developer and publisher with headquarters in Miami, has joined us as our title sponsor. ZiMAD is known for Magic Jigsaw Puzzles (150M+ downloads), Puzzle Villa, and Domino (PVP board game).

As we step into the second phase of our annual award show, the editorial team at GamingonPhone will carefully evaluate the nominations (except the Players’ Choice Game Of The Year) and we’ll announce the winners on December 28th. Below are the categories with all the finalists who made it here.

1. Game Of The Year

GamingonPhone’s the best mobile game of the year that has launched in this calendar year.

  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Arena Breakout
  • Reverse: 1999
  • Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
  • Monopoly Go
  • Warcraft Rumble
  • Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
  • Soul Knight Prequel
  • Black Clover M

2. On-going Game of the Year

In this award we recognize the best game that has been getting continuous love and updates from the developer team, making the gameplay experience better than ever. For this, the launch year does not matter.

  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
  • Genshin Impact
  • Pokemon GO
  • Black Desert Mobile
  • Marvel SNAP
  • Brawl Stars

3. Indie Game of the Year

GOTY, but for indie mobile games only! 2023 launch applies.

  • Pocket City 2
  • Limbus Company
  • Roto Force
  • Lost in Play
  • Vendir: Plague of Lies
  • Brotato

4. Premium Game Of The Year

Launched in this calendar year, we are on our quest to find the best premium mobile game.

  • Hitman: Blood Money – Reprisal
  • Pocket City 2
  • Goat Simulator 3
  • Titan Quest: Ultimate Edition
  • Coromon
  • subpar pool

5. Innovative Game Of The Year

Every year we get a lot of innovative games that sometimes go unnoticed! Not anymore, but the launch year needs to be 2023.

  • Warcraft Rumble
  • Peridot
  • Arena Breakout
  • Silent Hill: Ascension
  • Assemble With Care
  • Defense Derby

6. Mobile Game Developer Of The Year

Turning a piece of code (and other things) into a fantastic mobile game is definitely a superpower! And here we are, looking for the best ones.

  • HoYoverse
  • Supercell
  • Devsisters
  • Com2uS
  • SuperGaming
  • Seasun Games

7. Mobile Game Publisher Of The Year

In addition to the developers, we will also acknowledge the best in mobile game publishing.

  • Level Infinite
  • Tilting Point
  • Playdigious
  • ZiMAD
  • KRAFTON
  • Scopely

8. Mobile Game Community Of The Year

Mobile Games give birth to amazing communities! And how about we find the best one? The game launch year does not matter. Games evolve over time, and so do the communities.

  • Pokemon GO
  • Stardew Valley
  • Among Us
  • Genshin Impact
  • Minecraft
  • Brawl Stars

9. Apple Arcade Game of the Year

Apple’s own mobile game subscription service is adding many amazing games and in this category, we’ll recognize the best one, launched in 2023 of course.

  • Hello Kitty: Island Adventure
  • NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition
  • Japanese Rural Life Adventure
  • Cypher 007
  • Cut The Rope 3
  • Sonic Dream Team

10. Netflix Game of the Year

Netflix is slowly making its name in the games service and it’s time to look at their best one. The 2023 launch is a must.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Valiant Hearts Coming Home
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Cut The Rope Daily
  • Sonic Prime Dash
  • Terra Nil

11. Visual Spectacle of the Year

Technology is evolving and with that, the gameplay visuals are almost becoming console quality. In this category, we’ll award the best-looking mobile game (considering the performance) that was launched in 2023.

  • Undawn
  • Reverse: 1999
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Ace Racer
  • Dawnlands
  • Harry Potter: Magic Awakened

12. Mobile Game Adaptation of the Year

Video Games to other forms of entertainment and vice versa is a common phenomenon now. And in this category, we’ll award the most iconic mobile game adaption that has happened in 2023.

  • Black Clover M
  • DanMachi: BATTLE CHRONICLE
  • Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
  • The Lord of the Rings: Heroes
  • Tower of God: Great Journey
  • takt op. Symphony

13. Most Anticipated Game Of The Year

Upcoming games are a major part of the community hype. And in this category, we’ll recognize the game for which the mobile games community is most hyped.

  • Valorant Mobile
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Need For Speed Mobile
  • The Division Resurgence
  • Devil May Cry: Peak of Combat
  • Assassin’s Creed: Jade

14. Mobile Esports Game Of The Year

Esports play a major role in many long-running multiplayer games. And it’s time we recognize the most impactful mobile esports game for 2023.

  • PUBG Mobile
  • Brawl Stars
  • Pokemon UNITE
  • Mobile Legends Bang Bang
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • Free Fire

15. Players’ Choice Game Of The Year – Vote now!

We nominate, and you vote! Yes, this is our first publicly voted award. It must be launched in 2023 only.

  • Brixity
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Call of Dragons
  • Arena Breakout
  • Reverse: 1999
  • Monopoly Go
  • Warcraft Rumble
  • Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis
  • Soul Knight Prequel

And the voting is open now until December 24th (Click here to vote). The final award show will be hosted on December 28th on our YouTube channel, so do subscribe if you have not done so already!

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