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The Origins Awards were originally presented at the very first Origins Game Fair in Baltimore in 1975. The purpose of the awards is to recognize excellence in game design, and increase awareness and sales for the nominees, winners, the Origins convention, and hobby games in general.


Any publisher or designer can submit their products for consideration during the eligibility period. Submissions in each category are evaluated by a jury of industry professionals who choose their top products. These become the nominees, which are sent to the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD). The Academy places their votes by email and the winners are announced during the Awards ceremony.

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The top five nominees in each category will be announced during GAMA Expo, March 9-12, 2020. On Thursday, March 12, we will host the Origins Awards Showcase from 8pm-11pm where all GAMA Expo attendees will be welcome to demo the final nominees and familiarize themselves with the titles.

Post-show, we will send a poll out to the entire Academy, including the Hall of Fame, who will determine their top selection from the finalists in each category. The Game of the Year will also be awarded, but this will be voted upon by all active GAMA members. They will choose their single preferred title from amongst all the nominees in the physical game categories.

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Origins Game Fair attendees will be able to cast their votes for the Fan Favorite in each category via the mobile app launching in 2020. While the new mobile app removes the need for a voting booth, we will have an area for attendees to peruse the nominated titles. To that end, we will be displaying the final nominees in one of the most highly-trafficked areas of the convention center - the foyer at the foot of the escalators leading from the Hyatt. Here, we will create a walk-through gallery with the oversized Callie statue encircled by glass displays housing the final nominees. To help promote engagement with the publishers, we will have an info card in front of each title indicating the booth number where attendees can purchase and/or demo the title.

There will continue to be an Origins Awards Showcase area where attendees will be able to play the finalists in the Board Game, Card Game, Family Game, and Historical Game categories. A library of the final nominees will be available and attendees can enjoy playing on luxury Game Toppers for an elevated gaming experience.

Winners will be announced at the 46th Annual Origins Awards, on Saturday, June 20 from 8-9pm. Both winning and nominated companies will receive a digital seal to use in marketing efforts at no cost. However, winners will be promoted on social media, and featured in GAMA’s quarterly trade magazine Around the Table.

For more information, please visit the AAGAD website.


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