A new annual festival will honor the technical talent that helped shape gaming’s visual identity by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS). AIAS also organizes the DICE Awards.
During the opening ceremony, called The Game Maker’s Sketchbook, a jury of industry insiders will be presenting awards in categories such as storyboards, environmental art, character art, iconography, curiosities, and effects.
Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games will sit on the committee, as will BioWare, Naughty Dog, Warner Bros., and Valve.
The first showcase will open for submissions tomorrow and will be open for a month. The exhibition features artwork from stunning video games from the past year, including Animals, Cyberpunk 2077, and Scorched Hades Indie Crossing: New Horizons, as well as titles with distinctive visuals.
There must be many fans who think it is about time. Most video game awards are based only on a particular platform or genre, despite there being many high-profile awards.
Among the major gongs related to visual effects, only The Game Awards category for Best Art Direction comes to mid-qualified for last year’s ceremony for Sucker Punch and Sony’s Japanese-era epic, Ghost of Tsushima.
During Game Maker’s Sketchbook, attendees will also be able to purchase art prints belonging to Iam8bit, the festival’s co-founder. Participants will attend events related to the DICE conference, as well as podcast discussions.