FAQ

ENTRY SUBMISSION, ELIGIBILITIES AND CATEGORIES

How to submit entries?

Entry is simple. Submission is online and is completed in 5 simple steps:

  1. Register - or login if you are already a registrant.
  2. Fill in the simple online submission form -- remember you can select multiple categories for each entry.
  3. Enter your digital download codes, as well as the URL for the website or online store where the game can be accessed, if needed.
  4. Upload your JPEG, PNG, PDF files or URL, if needed.
  5. Add to Cart. Then, add more entries/categories, or checkout and pay.

Entries may be submitted in more than one category at an additional cost. No additional materials are needed for the same entry. In a few, such as campaigns that include a plan or report, submit the materials you presented to your client. If one is not available, offer a brief summary of objectives, challenges and solutions.

Submissions

  • Entries must be produced within the last TWO (2) calendar years up through the final deadline.
  • All entries must be submitted for judging exactly as published or implemented and may not be modified for the competition. The NYX Game Awards may request proof of initial production and/or publication date.
  • The awards reserve the right to re-categorize incorrectly classified entries.
  • Judges reserve the right to withhold an award in a category if submissions do not meet their expectations.

Who is eligible? (Professional, Students and Award Agents)

The NYX Game Awards is open to:
  • Game developers/designers
  • Advertising agencies
  • AR/VR professionals
  • Design firms
  • Freelance professionals
  • Gaming professionals
  • E-Sports teams
  • Graphic designers
  • In-house marketing
  • Interactive agencies
  • Marketing agencies
  • Mobile app designers/developers
  • Production films
  • Social media specialists
  • Web designers/developers
  • Videographers
  • Anyone aged 18 and above residing anywhere in the world


How long should my entry brief be?

It is recommended that you keep your synopsis to approximately 350 words. We suggest you utilize this section of your entry to elaborate on the piece, as well as the creativity and originality of your idea. The brief should strengthen your entry, as well as providing the jury a better understanding of your project. A written translation or adaptation must accompany non-English entries.

Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?

There are no limits on the amount of entries you can submit.

Can I enter my work into multiple categories?

Yes, you can enter the same work into as many categories as you see fit. There will be an additional fee for each category.

Can I submit a work that has won an award or has been entered in a previous NYX Awards competition, or in another competition?

Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted or has won an award. However, in an effort to promote the creation of new work and maintain a fresh flow of ideas, we encourage you to submit new work.

Can I send a sample of my product to the competition? If so, will it be returned to me and do I need to send a return-handling fee?

It is not required that you send actual sample of your product to the competition. Images and a description of the product are sufficient.

How will I know if my submission is complete, and what do I do if it’s not?

If a submission is incomplete at the closing of the competition (e.g. the submission has not been paid, or incorrectly uploaded link or files), it will not be eligible. Although we make every effort to ensure the completion of submissions, we are not responsible for incomplete entries, thus being unable to offer a refund should an entry be incomplete at the time of the closing of the competition.

Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?

Yes, you may edit your entry up until before deadline, before the judging period start.

What if I have trouble uploading my images?

Firstly, check if the image does not exceed the maximum size (4MB) or width (1,200 px), and the file name only contains letters or numbers. Once checked, try to upload your images again. If you’re still having trouble after this, contact our team at enter@nyxgameawards.com.

SUBMISSION FORMAT

Mobile Game / Game Apps

Mobile game entries/apps must be submitted with a direct URL and must be accessible by a mobile phone, PDA, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Xbox, Wii U, or other device as they will be evaluated on such devices. If your entries require an access code/password to access, you must provide a username and password for adjudication purposes. For mobile game apps, please submit an URL that leads to a demonstration of the application’s features and components, or a direct link for download purposes.

Image File

The submissions should be saved in a flattened JPEG or JPG format. (keep them under 4MB, 1,200px wide is preferable, 300dpi, RGB).

Audio/ Video File

  • Upload video/audio to Vimeo/YouTube/Youku or any others video platform
  • Paste the URL link into the URL field.
  • Entries with audio/video must be submitted with a direct URL that will take judges directly to the work. If it is password-protected, you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Web videos entered are judged solely on the content provided. Upload a PDF brief if explanation is required before evaluation of the work.

    Social Media Content

    Social media entries must be submitted on a single HTML page containing the creative work for that entry only. If it is password-protected, you must provide a username and password for our judges. For social media entries containing many components, provide a direct link to one page that includes all elements to be evaluated.

    Web Marketing Campaigns

    Web Marketing entries must be submitted on a single HTML page containing the creative work for that entry only. If it is password-protected, you must provide a username and password for our judges. If entering more than one marketing piece, include a direct link to the work to ensure that each piece categories specified. Enter a brief if necessary.

    Note: Campaign entries must be submitted either on a single HTML page containing the creative elements of the campaign, or through links to each element. You may also choose to offer background information, statistics and other details provided they fit on one HTML page.

    Video/Non-broadcast/Film Entry

    Due to bandwidth limits, these entries must be hosted on either YouTube, Vimeo or a similar site.

    Interactive Multimedia

    Please provide the direct URL link, and any required username or password

    ENTRY FEE AND PAYMENT

    Entry Fees

    Regular Game Entry is $180. Regular Game Marketing Entry is $119 for each work or $180 for each campaign or plan. If a work is submitted in more than one category, an additional entry fee for each category is required. Each entrant is charged a $30 administration fee.
    Entry fees will not be refundable once submitted. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the Awards for the entrant’s failure to comply with entry rules) will NOT be refunded as well. Please click here to see entry fees.

    How can I pay for the entry that I submit?

    Online. You may pay for your entry after the submission of your entries through Credit Card (VISA / MasterCard) or PayPal (AMEX / PayPal).

    Are all the fees on your website in USD?

    Yes, we only accept USD at this moment.

    JUDGING

    The juries

    The prestige of the NYX Game Awards competition relies in large part on the high caliber of the juries that convene each year to review submissions. NYX Game Awards has made a special effort to find a suitable panel of judges whose works exemplify the qualities of a NYX.

    The jury panel consists of acclaimed professionals and veterans in the gaming industry, where their vast experience allows them to evaluate the entries impartially.

    These amazing individuals come from various fields, including game developers, marketing/creative agencies, companies, and so many more. They exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity, lending credibility to their respective industries.

    Judging criteria

    Judges score on a scale of 1-100, based on the below criteria.

    • Creativity / Concept / Idea
    • Content / Brief / Objective / Planning / Execution
    • Visuals / Design
    • Innovation / Functionality / Effectiveness
    • Overall Impression / Wow Factor / Memorability

    Entries receiving an average score under 50 do not receive an award.

    The NYX Game Awards and International Awards Associate’s decision are final in its sole discretion and binding in relation to all matters relating to competitions and may not be subjected to any discussions or correspondence.

    Judging process

    Judging is blind. All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias/conflict of interest.

    NYX Game Awards judging process is designed to be impartial and free from outside influences by withholding both the names of the judges on its panel, as well as the contestant's names throughout the entire evaluation process. Both judge and contestant names are withheld until after award winning entries are selected. This anonymity shelters all involved from any vested interest which may attempt to influence the judges' opinions or the judging process.

    VOTING

    NYX Gamer’s Choice

    When will I be able to vote?

    You may vote after the final entry deadline has concluded. The voting period is 2 weeks.

    How can I vote?

    Visit the NYX Games Awards website to do so. You are allowed to vote only ONCE (1) a day. You may vote again the very next day right up until the voting period is over.

    Who will be able to vote?

    Everyone! Whether you are a gaming enthusiast or a game developer, your vote will crown the next NYX Gamer’s Choice.

    How are the results tallied?

    All results are 100% based on voting.

    WINNERS

    How we choose NYX Game Awards winners?

    Entries are judged at random without comparison to other entries in a category. The game is evaluated on criteria determined by its requirements (see Judging Criteria). Indie game developers are not compared to large game developers in the same category.

    To ensure high standards of high quality, a category may have multiple winners or no winners. Each game is critiqued rated by consensus, with the panel of judges determining a rating on a scale of 100 points. Winners with a score between 85 and 100 points are NYX Platinum Winners. Entries with a score between 70 and 84 points are NYX Gold Winners. Entries with a score between 50 and 69 points are NYX Silver Winners.

    Entries receiving an average score under 50 do not receive an award.

    Levels of winning and number of winning entries

    There are FIVE (5) levels of achievement in the competition:

    • NYX Game of the Year (Highest score in game category)
    • NYX Gamer Choice (Highest vote in gamer choice category)
    • NYX Grand (85-100 points)
    • NYX Gold (70-84 points)
    • NYX Silver (50-69 points)

    The number of awards presented by NYX Game Awards is determined by the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range and the number of tied scores.

    How we choose NYX Game of the Year?

    The Grand Winner with the highest score in game the category will be selected as NYX Game of the Year.

    How do I know if I’ve won an award?

    All winners will be announced on May 10, 2021 via the NYX Game Awards’ official page. All registered participants can then log in to see the winning games.

    We will duly notify all award winners by email. Do ensure that your email address is correct, as our notifications may get caught in spam filters or receive a non-deliverable return. You may change your email address by logging into your account and updating your information.

    What do the winners receive?

    Each year, the NYX Game Awards honors the best games from around the globe.

    • One complimentary statuette for NYX Game of the Year and NYX Gamer Choice.
    • One professionally designed certificate commemorating the winning game, which includes the game title, entering company/winners' name and category. Decal will be affixed indicating the level of win.
    • All Grand and Gold winners will be featured on NYX Game Awards site's Gallery, where professionals can view your work.
    • A press release will be sent to major industry outlets, celebrating your win.
    • Professionally designed logos for use on websites, email signatures, etc.
    • In addition to the complimentary certificates, Grand and Gold winners may purchase beautiful NYX Awards statuettes, and/or additional customized certificates.
    • Grand and Gold winners will be featured on NYX’s social media, or our media partner, Muse.World’s website.

    Why must winners’ trophies be purchased?

    The NYX Game Awards mission is to recognize outstanding creativity in firms that otherwise are overshadowed by large firms' budgets, which dominate most other marketing communications competitions. We also want to extend and encourage students to enter and compete, in lieu of them entering the profession of digital media.

    The NYX Game Awards aims to recognize outstanding creativity in the game industry, regardless of the size or genre of the game itself. We also want to extend and encourage students to enter and compete so as to have an opportunity to grow in the industry.

    The NYX Game Awards maintains affordable entry fees (one of the lowest amongst all game awards) to provide start-ups, one-person developers, and young people the opportunity to enter, as well as companies from countries where the exchange rate or the economic conditions would otherwise make entering impossible.

    If an entrant is recognized as a winner, there is no additional fee. Many other awards programs charge an acceptance fee. With NYX, once you've won, you've won; there is no additional fee.

    If a winner decides they want a statuette, the NYX Awards makes them available for purchase and orders them from its manufacturer. This offer/process allows the Awards to maintain low entry fees and prevent non-winner’s subsidy of winners.

    Some winners choose not to receive a physical memento. Their priority is the prestige of recognition and the exposure that comes with it. Others choose to order statuettes for individuals on their creative team as well as their clients. It's all up to the winners!

    Statuette shipping time

    Winner awards are custom-made. Statuettes will ship directly from the manufacturer. Please allow 6-12 weeks for the statuettes. Shipping time may be longer during off-season. Statuettes may be ordered from our online store once winners are announced.

    Entrants are liable to pay any inbound duties and taxes, should local customs authority deem appropriate.

    REFUND POLICY

    Entries

    Entry fees will not be refundable once submitted. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the Awards for the entrant’s failure to comply with entry rules) will NOT be refunded as well.

    Merchandise

    You may request a refund for your transaction prior to it being sent to the manufacturer for processing and fulfillment. Please send an email to orders@iaaawads.org to confirm eligibility of refund. Once confirmed, refunds will be processed within 7-14 business days of approval. We will notify you via email once your refund is processed.

    GENERAL

    The NYX Game Awards sponsors?

    The NXY Game Awards is conducted by International Awards Associate Inc (IAA). The IAA is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club, or other outside influences.

    IAA’s goal is to provide affordable, independent competitions on an international stage that are respected as fair and open to all, regardless of company size or bottom line.

    The IAA is an independent, international organization focused on creating a community of marketing creativity, effectiveness and excellence. It conducts impartial, 'blind' judged competitions and, once completed, it recognizes, celebrates and promotes creative, effective and marketing excellence in those winning companies and individuals.

    Entry terms and conditions

    NYX Game Awards assumes all entries are original and the entrant either owns the submission or has permission from a client or other appropriate party to enter the work, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without such rights submits a site, the entrant will not be eligible for the competition. NXY Game Awards are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant.

    Copyright and all other rights remain that of the entrant. All entrants understand and agree that any work submitted to the competition may be used by NYX Game Awards and its media partners for marketing and promotional purposes of the competition only, including any media such as exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to the NYX Awards competition.

    Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements and payment of the entry fee as stated herein ensures that an entrant's work will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by NYX Game Awards concerning entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

    If an entrant's submission receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of NYX Game Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.

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