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Return of the Obra Dinn Wins IGF Grand Prize

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Last night at GDC, Lucas Pope’s Return of the Obra Dinn won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game at the 21st annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards. The ceremony took place as part of the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

In addition to the Grand Prize, Return of the Obra Dinn also received top honors for Excellence in Narrative. Return of the Obra Dinn is an innovative and uniquely stylized murder mystery from Lucas Pope, creator of 2013’s acclaimed Papers, Please, which took home the IGF Seumas McNally Grand Prize during the 16th Annual IGF Awards. The full presentation of the Independent Games Festival Awards (IGF Awards), can be viewed at http://twitch.tv/gdc.

The winners of the 21st annual IGF Awards are:

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)

Mirror Drop (Ian Lilley)


Excellence in Audio ($3,000)

Paratopic (Arbitrary Metric)


Excellence in Design ($3,000)

Opus Magnum (Zachtronics)


Excellence in Narrative ($3,000)

Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope)


Nuovo Award ($3,000)

Black Room (Cassie McQuater)


Best Student Game ($3,000)

after HOURS (Bahiyya Khan, Claire Meekel, Tim Flusk, Abi Meekel)


Audience Award ($3,000)

ETHEREAL (Nonsense Arts - Nicolás Recabarren and Tomás Batista)


ID@Xbox Gaming Heroes Award

Jerry Lawson


alt.ctrl.GDC Award ($3,000)

HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck (Peter Gyory, Clement Zheng)


Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)

Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope)


For more information on the Independent Games Festival, please visit the official IGF website at www.igf.com

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